The Messy Lives of Book People

by Phaedra Patrick

On Sale: 05/31/2022

The Messy Lives of Book People

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The Messy Lives of Book People

by Phaedra Patrick

On Sale: 05/31/2022


About the Book

The house cleaner of a famous author must carry out her employer's shocking last wish in this delightful new novel from beloved author Phaedra Patrick

Mother of two Liv Green barely scrapes by as a maid to make ends meet, often finding escape in a good book while daydreaming of becoming a writer herself. So she can't believe her luck when she lands a job housekeeping for her personal hero, megabestselling author Essie Starling, a mysterious and intimidating recluse. The last thing Liv expected was to be the only person Essie talks to, which leads to a tenuous friendship.

When Essie passes away suddenly, Liv is astonished to learn that her dying wish was for Liv to complete her final novel. But to do so Liv will have to step into Essie’s shoes. As Liv begins to write, she uncovers secrets from the past that reveal a surprising connection between the two women—one that will change Liv’s own story forever…

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Critical Praise

“Utterly enticing. This book is packed full of gripping and giddy moments… [A] gorgeous story.” —Beth Reekles, author of Lockdown on London Lane

"Whenever I need my faith in humanity restored (which, let's face it: lately is often), I pick up a Phaedra Patrick book. The Messy Lives of Book People is no exception. Witty, relevant and delightful, with the perfect touch of mystery, this story is a salve to the soul—and I'm already looking forward to reading it again." —Colleen Oakley, USA Today bestselling author of THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND

“I have consumed this book! What a masterpiece. Intriguing, moving and full of truths about writing and life. I loved it!” —Hazel Prior, author of Away with the Penguins

The Messy Lives of Book People is the perfect book if you need a lift, or to feel better about the world. It’s a read-in-one-sitting-while-smiling kind of a story. Just lovely.” —Claire Pooley, bestselling author of The Authenticity Project

“Fans of lively fiction will be instantly drawn into the world Patrick creates with her signature charming, breezy style which is further enlivened with nods to popular literature.” Booklist

“A feel-good story in which hearts are mended, lives find purpose, and books are the touchstones to finding life’s secrets… [a] simply delightful read.” —Library Journal, starred review -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780778312000
  • ISBN 10: 0778312003
  • Imprint: Park Row
  • On Sale: 05/31/2022
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Humorous / General
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Literary

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