Looking for your next read? Check out The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Gabrielle T.
This book title grabbed my attention as I am a book person. It is a charming, mellow book about an award-winning author, Essie Starling that is also a mean recluse, and her down-on-her-luck housekeeper, Liv Green. Liv is also a wife, mother, and aspiring author. She and her mother are Essie’s number one fans. Liv has lasted the longest of all of Essie’s housekeepers as she is not very tolerant and talks down to everyone, including Liv. Liv endures the abuse as she is enamored to be in Essie’s presence daily.
But, as fate would have it, Essie does not live to finish her latest novel. She has bequeathed the task to Liv to complete the novel and have it finished on a specific date. The task does come with compensation that will change Liv’s and her family’s life, but it also has several stipulations. Liv is now tasked with keeping Essie’s secrets, outsmarting a bothersome tabloid reporter, her inquisitive husband, and the publishing company that wants Essie to submit the novel sooner rather than later.
To finish this last novel Liv will also have to research Essie’s life and sometimes live it. She explores the mysteries of her past friendships and lovers. As the deadline to complete the book comes near Liv discovers she and Essie have a strong personal past connection.
I enjoyed the book. I initially thought it was going to be a slow read, but the twist and turns were enough to keep me reading to see what was going to be uncovered next. The ending was quite a surprise.
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