Title: Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
Author: Julie Lawson Timmer
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
From Lake Union: 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.
My Review: MRS. SAINT AND THE DEFECTIVES is brimming with charm and new beginnings.
Markie is starting over after the collapse of her marriage, finances and career. She and her son Jesse move 40 miles away where no one knows them and assures herself they are in their rental 6 months tops. When meddling neighbour (and I mean this in the most loving way possible!) Mrs. Saint keeps popping into Markie’s business she is more sure than ever they are not staying a day past their lease term. But Mrs. Saint has a gift, she helps people overcome their flaws – gives them another shot if you will.
It isn’t until a tragic event unfolds that Markie recognizes Mrs. Saint and her Defectives are more than just sharing a home, they are a family who look out for one another. And Mrs. Saint’s generosity brings Markie full circle with her own family and the new one she’s become part of.