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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives Audiobook

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Critically acclaimed author Julie Lawson Timmer returns with a tale of how community can heal the brokenness in all of us.

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 neighbor 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.

©2017 Julie Lawson Timmer (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    Sara 08-07-17
    Sara 08-07-17
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    "Unusual & Off Beat"

    I had a difficult time at first adjusting to this book. I think it was probably because I had just finished an edge of your seat, page turner, titled Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy. The contrast between Meloy's writing and narration and the style and tone of this book was surprising. It was kind of like coming abruptly to the end of one of those moving sidewalks at the airport. One minute you are flying along and the next minute you are struggling to recover your stride.

    Don't get me wrong, Timmer worked hard to make this a feel good story about quirky but overly involved and extra-caring people. To me, parts of the story were a stretch when it came to believability and probability. The whole idea of the term "defectives" used in relation to the characters in the story gave me pause. Also, at times the narration became a bit over the top.

    All that said, this was by far the best Kindle First book I've tried. In the end I felt engaged enough by the story and the characters to stick with it and finish the book. Not a roaringly positive recommendation, I know, but a solid three star listen. You might like it.

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    Robert 08-12-17
    Robert 08-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It takes a village "


    I don't write reviews, because I don't want to take th e time, but I enjoyed this book so much that I made the effort.😀 This is a really fun listen, with lessons spattered throughout. I listen to a lot of audio books and this is one of my favorites this year.

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    Mary 08-08-17
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    "The world needs more Mrs. Saints"

    I enjoyed this story about second chances filled with quirky characters and all with a connection to the intriguing Mrs. Saint. Going in unexpected directions the novel kept me interested and on a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride - yet left me smiling at the end.

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    "Good read"

    I truly enjoyed this book. it was a change from what i normally read and I found it refreshing and funny. I would read more of her writing.



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    "Community"

    A delightful story of life's ups and downs and how it brings people together to form a small community - even if that's that last thing some wanted, but truely needed.

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    "Just ok."

    Several times I thought about not finishing this book. I just found it to be very wordy and predictable. I didn't have much empathy for the lead character and had a hard time connecting with any of the characters.

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    Pamela J United States 10-21-17
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    "Good narration - - "meh" plot"

    You know those books that make you think at any moment they're going to take off and make you care about the characters? Yes, me too. This is not that. The only good part (and why I even gave it three stars) is that it did stimulate me enough to listen to the whole thing I think because it's a good narrator. I just wish that by the time I was done I actually had a feeling, good or bad, about anybody I just wasted hours listening about.

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    Jennifer 10-13-17
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    "Secrets, selflessness, and family"

    I picked up this book because the synopsis intrigued me. It seemed like a cute story line. The first half of the book did read a bit slow, but the breadcrumbs that the author trickles throughout pushed me to keep going. Then, the last five chapters made the whole book WORTH reading! Loved how it ended, even though tears were included with the smiles. An interesting take on secrets, selflessness, family, and neighbors. Would def recommend others to pick this book up for a read.

    Thought the narrator did a great job with the accents and multiple characters' dialogue.

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    Vanessa Brown 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great surprising read"

    I really enjoyed this book. it had colorful characters and ended up being a bit of a tear jerker.

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    mw62 10-04-17
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    "Heart touching"

    Mrs Saint has a heart of gold and she does her best to support the people who depend upon her everyday., even when they don't realize what she is doing. The end was a complete surprise and I was sorry to have the book end. I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters who had become like good friends.

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