• The Messy Lives of Book People

  • By: Phaedra Patrick
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (338 ratings)

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The Messy Lives of Book People

By: Phaedra Patrick
Narrated by: Katy Sobey
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Publisher's Summary

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…

Look for Phaedra Patrick's previous charming bestsellers!

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone

The Library of Lost and Found

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge 

©2022 Phaedra Patrick (P)2022 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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I'm giving up on this author

I DNFd her last one and should have done the same with this but I was interested enough in the mystery (until the halfway point where the story was just interminable). Patrick started out great with her first novel but she gets worse with each book.

This particular book actually started out ok but got worse and worse. You usually have to suspend some disbelief with any book, but within that framework things shouldn't be utterly illogical and stupid. This was. Not to mention, you don't want to dislike the main character more and more as the book goes on.

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1. It's pretty unlikely that someone who quit school at 16 and has no writing experience would be able to finish and edit someone else's novel, but our MC--who cleans houses for a living--is tapped to do just that. Ok, I'll suspend disbelief this far because I figure there will probably be some reason for it. But then...

2. The book festival in Croatia. I won't give any spoilers, but it was so dumb I scrubbed forward through those chapters. It was the type of thing a stoned teenager might think up. Once in the situation a stupid person could have done a better job of things. In general, Liv is such an idiot and does such stupid things that I feel insulted that the author is serving me such tripe and expecting me not only to eat it but also like it.

3. Essie (the author of 19 novels that everyone loves) is not a character you relate to or understand. She's pretty awful by the end of her life (at age 52ish) and is not a well-drawn character as we learn about her in the past. As for her books--this Georgia Rory character... This is a series that even 12-yr-olds (like the MC) read but they are about an adult woman who does...what? They don't appear to be sci fi or mystery/detective books (or anything else that lends itself to a series). So 19 books about some woman who seems to dress like a cross between 1980s Madonna and Cyndi Lauper? And, of course, Liv starts to dress like the character. Because, sure…looking like an 80s throwback gives her confidence. I'm not sure why Essie is a best-selling author or why people love her books.

4. Liv's husband and his job/business: Why the author chose the bookbinding business, I have no idea. It takes away from the story rather than contributing anything to it. Liv treats Jake worse and worse as the book goes on and doesn't bother to make up decent excuses for why she can't attend events important to her husband. But of course, Liv can't think of a logical excuse for anything. Or rather, the author can't. Not that Jake is all that wonderful, but most of the characters are unlikeable or bland and undeveloped until the end of the book when everyone is redeemed, though it doesn't make them any less boring.

5. The twists come in the last couple of hours and aren't particularly interesting or surprising.

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It was okay!

The characters were shallow! I had a hard time relating to the main character. I finished it and the ending was okay.

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A fun and cosy read.

I thought this was a fun read. Nothing to serious, just a cosy mystery and some wish fulfillment.

Our main character Oliva Green, Liv for short, starts the book as a mother working multiple jobs to make ends meet for her family. She sometimes feels overlooked by the people around her.

I think anyone who has tried to juggle the stress of kids, spouse, and work will see a bit of themselves in the main character Liv.

It's something you can pick up and put down pretty easy. I listened to the book in-between errands, chores, work, and my college classes.

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Fun book

This was a fun and kept me on my seat book. Loved it!!!
Good read

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4 ⭐️

I enjoyed this audio recording of a maid and major fan of a famous writer impersonating her after her death. Impersonating her writing ✍️.

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Sweet escape

What a pleasant read. It was nice to go on this journey with the characters. Wonderful story thanks for the escape

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Drivel.

Ugh. This title was not worth the hours it took to get through. The writing is average and so the author never grips the reader. The plot is equally average. Life's short: pass in this one.

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Very Interesting Story

I really liked this book. I love the title and the narrator was great. Enjoyed!

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Highly Recommend especially to book lovers

I truly enjoyed the company of this story as I traveled back home for Thanksgiving and the return trip.

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Very good book

I enjoyed this book very much! This book had twists and turns that made it a fun book to read.