Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
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...more
I don't think it mattered where they were.
Her books stand on their own but when I saw the cover for this one, I knew immediately I wanted to find out what was inside. Lake Union did a remarkable job of capturing the character of Mrs. Saint with the cover. How could you not want to pick this up?
The sto ...more
I have to start by gushing over the cover, it’s so great and perfectly sets the stage for what’s inside. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives was a charming, quirky read with some great themes and hidden gems.
Markie and Mrs. Saint do not have very much in common, Markie is introverted and has no desire to get involved in her neighbors lives, she wants to heal from her divorce and concentrate on her son, Jesse. Mrs. Saint is abrasive, bossy and crosse ...more
Sometimes i read a book, finish it and go on goodreads and see this big list of 5 stars reviews and just... don't understand? Did i read a different book?
Get a different kind of story? Read it wrong? How can it be that everyone else seems to LOVE It and i am sitting here thinking- what did i just read?
and not in a good way?
This was one of those bo ...more
Through out the book she complains about how nosey Mrs Saint is but then she gets upset when Mrs Saint won't tell her anything.
She is very judgemental about some of the defectives but then at the end when she finally hears their stories she suddenly becomes more accepting.
She wants to know everything but give nothing.
The most amazing thing was how her and her waster of a husband managed ...more
When life throws you a curve ball, the best thing to do is start over. You pick yourself up and go through the motions until you get it right. This books characters are amazingly funny, somewhat incapable of dealing with society and willing to come together and help one another. All except Markie.
Markie has decided that her husband's infidelities are enough when she stumbles upon a group of mothers reviewing lewd pics of her husband and another woman. With not much suppor ...more
* Entertaining, easy read - I (and a lot of people by the look of reviews accumulating) finished this book within hours.
* The characters are interesting and likable. No one is totally good or always right, and no one is totally evil or always wrong. Like real people.
* The backstory of two or three characters are related to World War II, so people who know about those incidents mentioned could relate to it, and like the way it is prese ...more
Prob more a 3.5 star read!
What a different world we would live in if we had a Mrs. Saint in our corner. Bossy, yes, but wants us to be the best version of ourselves possible. Sees the flaws, but doesn't make people feel bad- just accepts us and wants to remind us that we are something wonderful- even when we feel like life has kicked us when we're down
Marcie, on the other hand, I understood a lot of her motivations and thoughts, but I just wanted ...more
This is a very quiet, character driven novel. It starts out a bit slow but once you develop a better feel for the characters you are drawn in. Markie and her son Jesse move into a bungalow in a community very different from where they came from. Markie has gone through a divorce and a major downsizing in status and wealth. Due to this she wants to remain quite reclusive. This becomes increasingly harder as her new next door neigh ...more
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives gave me A Man Called Ove vibes in terms of the feelings it produced in me. I was trying to hold back tears in the end (especially since I was reading it in the vet's waiting room).
I perceived Mrs. Saint to be one of those irritating busybodies ...more
Jesse He's a good kid with shit parents. Maybe too good but his close relationship with Lola kept me reading ...more
Markie is instantly a sympathetic character, given that her husband cheated on her, financially depleted her and their son, and then made her look like the “bad guy.” Her parents weren’t much help in the emotional support department. So what’ ...more
This was such a fun, great "domestic" read. I'd describe it as the perfect whipped dessert. Rich but not heavy, refreshing but not light or "all air." Good to the last drop!
It's an adult coming-of-age story. There's no shortage of novels about women whose perfect lives turn out not to be so perfect, everything is shattered, and they ...more
If things were difficult in your life, would you like the opportunity to have a second chance? In this charming novel, "Mrs. Saint and the Defectives", by Julie Lawson Timmer, the author discusses an "eccentric" community which has the feeling of family, and gives the people involved another chance for happiness
The genres of this novel are Fiction, Adult Fiction, and Women's Fiction.
The author describes her characters as "flawed ...more
After a failed marriage and the public humiliation that accompanied it, Markie moves herself and her teenage son to a new town to start over. Her goal? To blend into the background, keep her head down and make some money.
But she didn't anticipate Mrs. Saint.
Mrs. Saint is a force to be reckoned with. She's an elderly ...more
Humor and over-the-top characters can work very well to make a point, and Ms. Timmer used them masterfully here. The moral of this book, as I see it, is not only that we all should actively help othe ...more
The characters were extremely well-developed and realistic. I quickly found myself sucked into the world inhabited by Mrs. Saint and her "defectives". I fell in love with the whole crew!
This is a bo ...more