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    This was a charming, hilarious and endearing read

    *This review will be posted in my blog closer to the release date. Link will be added here after the review gets posted" Maisie dreams of having her family together again. And when she comes across an incomplete piece of treasure in her workplace of an auction house, she gets the strange idea of completing this puzzle to reunite her family. After her mother threw her cheating father out when she was 7, Maisie was forced to watch quietly the storm raging her family - a scorned mother, three indifferent older teenage siblings and an absent and yet adoring father. As a result of a childhood out of her control, Maisie grows to be a control freak as an adult. She likes order and symmetry. The only time she allows herself to lose control is when she paints random paintings in the walls, ceilings and floors of a room in her house she keeps locked and a secret. Maisie is a charming and adorable character. I really loved her in the beginning. But eventually, her naivety and tendency to assume things without asking, started to irk me. The first half was a 5-star read for me. But the second half was so rife with miscommunication and misunderstandings, with Maisie's character almost crossing the line between cute and frustrating. I really enjoyed the diverse and quirky cast of characters, especially those in the auction house Maisie works in. The author captures the charm and allure of the environment pretty well. I also loved Maisie's family. They are not perfect, and share a lot of bitterness, but beneath it all, share a strong love for each other. And it was good to see that Maisie who might be a little too positive, was the only one who could see the good in every one of them. The romance was cute too. While Maisie loves everything to be organized and ordered, Theo is a mess, and hates symmetry. I loved that contrast. Their romance is a series of misunderstandings. Maisie gets a misunderstanding at the beginning that Theo is a gay, a relief for her because the last time she was attracted to her boss, he cheated on her and she had to resign. But the miscommunication between these characters got only worse with every page. That kinda took away from the cuteness of the couple. This was a charming, hilarious and endearing read with a lot of great characters. But the silliness could've been notched down a little.
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    Magical

    This is a very quirky book with a lovely lead character in Maisie who is the centre point of her disjointed family. When her parents divorced years ago it lead to a gradual separation between all the family including her three siblings however Maisie is desperate for her family to reunite. A chance find at her new job at an auction house sends her on a treasure hunt but will it fulfil her dream? I was initially unsure of this book, the first chapter does it no justice however once Maisie arrives at the auction house it finds its natural flow and is a great book to settle into. There’s a great mix of characters at the auction house and her family provide plenty of colour, the charming story is unusual and does leave you questioning whether coincidence or magic is at play.
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    Absolutely loved this story and the characters!

    The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows is the second book published by up and coming author Jenni Keer. This is the first book I’ve actually had the pleasure of reading from Ms. Keer. I loved it so much I went and purchased her first book! I always love discovering new authors and I look forward to seeing what Ms. Keer has for us in the future! Not being familiar with Ms. Keer’s writing style, I didn’t know what to expect. So I was pleasantly surprised to get caught up in this story from the very beginning, and quickly became invested in the storyline and all the characters. I found my self picking up the book throughout the day just to read one more page! As we start our story, Maisie Meadows has recently quit her job and broken up with her boyfriend, who also happened to be her boss. As she starts a new job at Gildersleeve’s auction house, she works at settling into her new job and dealing with her new coworkers. Oh my, what a fabulous collection of characters at Gildersleeve’s! From Johnny the eccentric, exuberant owner, to the painfully shy, quiet & thoughtful Ella, to the chatty but totally loveable Arthur, and then finally the down to earth, engaging and good-looking Theo, I absolutely loved them all. Gildersleeve’s auction house in itself was a fabulous backdrop for a story. It was a unique setting and one I’ve not read before. When Maisie stumbles across an old teapot that once belonged to a neighbor from 20 years ago, she works to reunite the tea set.  As Maisie discovers piece by piece the missing tea set from long ago, she begins to wonder if her family can also be reunited as well. This brings us another fabulous set of characters with the Mayhew sisters and Maisie’s parents and siblings and who could forget Nigel the hamster! He truly was the star of the book! ;-) I loved the teapot storyline and all that went along with it. There were so many wonderful stories intertwined into this book and I felt they all flowed beautifully together to make this story perfectly complete. This was a wonderfully well-written story based on family, friends, secrets, misconceptions, love, loss, in summary, it’s based on life! I devoured this book and absolutely loved the ending. I enjoyed my time with Maisie and her family and friends and would have no problem revisiting this fabulous group of characters again. I highly recommend this book and author!
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    Funny, Delightful & Truly Entertaining!

    A super read! One I've enjoyed so much that I'm going to make sure that I add The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker to my list. Maisie Meadows thinks it's about time something went right in her life; she needs a new job, has a strong desire to gather her widespread family close once more and perhaps New Year's day is the perfect time to begin to plan for the future. Who knows what the coming year will bring? What a novel! Beautifully written in an easy, flowing style which pulls the reader in from page one and keeps them in a firm grip until the very final one. A gorgeous story about life, work, relationships, new friends and, last but not least, family. The differing storylines are easily intertwined, and it makes for a smooth and immensely enjoyable read. Funny, delightful, and truly entertaining - this one really struck a chord with me and I could not find fault even if I wanted to. I will certainly look out for this author's future novels, I loved this one so much and the fabulous cover really drew me in to begin with. It has 'winner' stamped all over it, and is a solid five star read!
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