At a crossroads, Markie’s life is turned upside down by an all-around unreliable ex-husband. Forced to confront her situation, she and her petulant teenage son, Jesse, rent a modest home in a new neighborhood where she intends to lick her wounds and embrace isolation. Add a meddling next-door neighbor, Mrs. Saint, and a cast of misfit “defectives” that hang around said neighbor’s house, and you have a recipe for life-changing transformations—forgiveness, connection, hope—that neither Markie nor her son could have ever predicted.
I’ll admit that I both laughed out loud and cried in embarrassing situations while reading this novel—while serving jury duty, on the bus, in a laundromat. Mrs. Saint’s initially unwelcome and unconventional wisdom, the secrets that are revealed on both sides, and Markie’s journey to become whole again captivated and touched me as the story unfolded. I felt I really knew these characters as I turned each page, and I felt the lessons learned as deeply as Markie and her son by the end. I hope you will, too.
- Danielle Marshall, Editor