I have not been reading much fiction recently, mainly because I got a bit bored I guess. There was a consistent recipe to those works which I was reading that I seem to have finally escaped. Mrs. Saint is a wonderful character who schemes, lies and manipulates those around her with the absolute best of intentions. The cover (stolen from Goodreads) as seen below is perfect for a book where you cannot escape your neighbours and maybe that is not always such a bad thing. There are a number of good plot twists and the pace is highly engaging with just enough drama to keep you entertained but not disbelieving.
Would highly recommend! 🙂
From the blurb:
Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbour Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of “defectives,” to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.
What Markie doesn’t realize is that Mrs. Saint has big plans for the divorcée’s broken spirit. Soon, the quirky yet endearing woman recruits Markie to join her eccentric community, a world where both hidden truths and hope unite them. But when Mrs. Saint’s own secrets threaten to unravel their fragile web of healing, it’s up to Markie to mend these wounds and usher in a new era for the “defectives”—one full of second chances and happiness