The Messy Lives of Book People

Harlequin Audio. May 2022. 9:51 hrs. ISBN 9781488213533. $26.99. F
Patrick (The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper) has written a novel about a woman’s search for herself while living the life of someone else, a famous author no less. Single mother of two Liv Green is struggling to make ends meet. She loves to read and dreams of becoming a writer. When her favorite author, Essie Starling, a notorious recluse, hires her as her house cleaner, Liv is beyond excited. Then Essie dies suddenly, and Liv learns that Essie’s dying wish is for her to finish her final novel. As Liv researches and begins to write, she realizes a connection the two women share. Liv is a relatable character thrust into a unique situation. Essie’s final request gives her the opportunity for new experiences, allowing her to expand her horizons while pursuing her dreams. Narrator Katy Sobey brings Liv to life, giving depth to both the personal struggles and the triumphs of the main character. The ending, while not surprising, will satisfy readers.
VERDICT Informed listeners will also enjoy the many novels the protagonist reads, including both classics and more recent books.
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