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.
#FirstLine ~ It was only when Markie saw her husband's hands clasped around another woman's breast's that she finally acknowledged their problems weren't ones that she could hid from any longer.
This book was FAN-TASTIC!!! I loved it...I mean really LOVED it!!! I loved it because I buzzed through this book, thought about the book and wanted to tell everyone to read it. I want to be a better person. I want to inspire others to be better too. It shines with kindness and caring...I cannot really put into words how much I adored this book. So original, great characters and such a great undertone of heart. A hit and one that I may reread, which is something I never do!!!
Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and graduated from McMaster University before earning a law degree from Southern Methodist University in Texas. By turns, she is an author, lawyer, mom/stepmom and fledgling yogi. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, their children, and two dogs. FIVE DAYS LEFT (Putnam 2014) is her first novel. Her second is UNTETHERED (Putnam 2016), and MRS. SAINT AND THE DEFECTIVES (Lake Union, 2017) is her third.
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