Super chuffed to be one of the blogs opening the blog tour on publication day for The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows by Jenni Keer today. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
About the book
Oh my word, where do I begin? Maybe the beginning would be a good idea, so first off I’d like to say I absolutely love the cover for this book. It’s so bright and vibrant but it wasn’t until I had read the book I realised the significance of the images on the cover and it all made sense and made it a little bit more special.
Maisie Meadows finds herself jobless and single at the beginning of the story and when a job opportunity comes up ten minutes from home it seems like the ideal solution.
Gildersleeve’s is an auction house owned by Johnny, an eccentric and vibrant man and his partner Theo, who is gorgeous and disheveled. Maisie finds herself working alongside the very quiet and shy Ella and the utterly amazing Arthur who could talk the hind legs of a donkey but is a wonderful and thoughtful gentleman. Maisie seems to fit in straight away and seems to be an asset to the business although Theo still lives in the dark ages when it come to technology and social media which is the main job Maisie takes on.
The characters are absolutely brilliant, I couldn’t help totally falling in love with all of them from the auction house, each one very different but they all felt so realistic and it was so easy to picture them and their surroundings. I actually found myself wishing I worked there, it was like a family.
Maisie’s real family though are scattered all over the place, her mum and dad split up when she was young and her three siblings live away from home and very rarely return. Maisie wants them all together, her dream is to have a family Christmas and loved reading about her dysfunctional family.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story with its fantastic characters and the mysterious tea set with its magical qualities. It had me laughing so many times, like real proper snorts and I just thank the stars I was reading this away from people, they would have thought I was a right loony. I have to say it also had me very nearly in tears as well, there is a certain part in the book involving Arthur where my heart broke, it totally shattered but my love for Arthur grew (I won’t say any more and spoil it).
After finishing this book I realised this is the second book from Jenni Keer, the first being The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker and it was instantly added to my tbr pile. I just loved The unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows and will be highly recommending it and I can’t wait to read more from Jenni Keer soon. Brilliant.
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About the author
Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker was published in January 2019.
The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows is out in July 2019.