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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

By: Julie Lawson Timmer
Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
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Editors Select, August 2017

From the first day recently divorced Markie and her teenage son, Jesse, move into their downgrade of a bungalow, the curmudgeonly, busybody little woman with a French accent who lives next door will not leave them alone. Meet Mrs. Saint: a kind of mysterious matriarch who employs a quirky but loyal group of oddballs. Her skills of manipulation are exemplary, her unsolicited parenting advice unwelcome, but the intent behind her scheming will ultimately melt your heart. Narrator Elizabeth Wiley perfectly captures Markie's hurt and frustration, Jesse's teen angst, and Mrs. Saint's unapologetic directness. This is a light listen, perfect to devour in a summer day or two, with characters that stick out and hold tight long after the story ends. —Tricia, Audible Editor

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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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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I want to be a serial adopter when I grow up

Though the plot was pretty predictable, I didn't find it boring. I actually liked how the story unfolded, and even though I really wished certain things turned out differently, it was still a good story that showed how different people deal with depression and change and cutting ourselves off from the world around us. Lots of interesting characters and the dynamic that builds between them is wonderful.