Mrs. Saint and Defectives

Mrs. Saint and Defectives

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, 2017.
ISBN: 9781477819968
Branch Call Number: FIC Timme
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 21 cm.

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IrishMoon
Sep 20, 2019

Although the main character wasn't especially likable for most of the book, I found myself entranced and didn't want to put the book down. I truly appreciate authors who aren't afraid to show each character's layers, flaws and all, and this author didn't disappoint. By the time I got to the end of the book and all was revealed, I truly didn't want it to end.

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CabiriCat
Jan 28, 2018

This is a well written book with a good beginning & amusing characters. But I have to confess I lost gumption a third of the way in. For me, the momentum of the plot had slowed down, and the divorcee angles and struggles seemed repetitive. Perhaps the book picks up later, but by then I'd already decided I was in the mood for a more "active" genre & quit...

JessicaGma Dec 12, 2017

Markie's life implodes when her husband's cheating can no longer be ignored. Of course, this completely upends her life, which her new neighbour Mrs. Saint is continually trying to fix. Such a great cast of characters populate this book.

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