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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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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.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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Annoying Characters Contrived Plot

I'm almost sorry I spent time listening to this until the end. The main character was extremely annoying- always acting like she understood everyone's motivations and even at the end when the ridiculous plot was complete, I still didn't think she had any insight. Not recommended.

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Unexpected twists

This story was at times slow and predictable but then twists and human interest! Enjoyable.

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Don't let the title throw you! Read this book.

Sometimes we find a book that really touches our souls. This one touched mine. It was not a romance, nor a thriller, not science fiction or fantasy. Family was the main theme while trying to make up for the past. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives is definitely a book I will read and listen to again. I definitely recommend this book.

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solid read for a weekend getaway

This is a light-hearted book about post-WWII aftermath messiness and how a person can hide a heart of gold. The reason this gets a 2 star rating instead of my average 3 stars is because the motivations of the protagonist are, at several points in the book, silly, shallow, petty and unbelievable. Thus, it was hard to like the book as much as I think it otherwise deserves to be liked. I enjoyed the touch of history, I enjoyed the light character development and the cliff-hangers were reasonably compelling to march towards the end of the book. This is a great light read for a weekend getaway.