I don’t very often reveal new covers here on Being Anne – I’m just not very good at all that “wait for it… are you ready?” that others do so much better. But when Jenni Keer asked me to help reveal the cover of her new book, The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows – and isn’t it just gorgeous? – I really got quite excited, and just had to say “yes”.
I so loved her debut, The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker, published in January 2019 (you’ll find my review here) – delicious humour and immense warmth, with those moments that break your heart. I’m really looking forward to reading more from Jenni, and I’m sure so many others are too.
The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows will be published by Avon Books, and is now available for pre-order: the kindle version will be released on 8th July, with the paperback available on 19th September. Let’s take a closer look…
When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most.
But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s not long before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…
Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?
Oh yes – definitely one for me! Jenni told me how her second novel was inspired by two decades of visits to her local auction house (T W Gaze) and the beautiful market town of Diss, in Norfolk…
I decided after viewing endless weekly auctions with my husband for his antique business, and watching the auction house at Gazes evolve, what a charming setting it would make as a backdrop to a story. I hope readers enjoy the unlikely but heartwarming year Maisie has as she attempts to reunite a long forgotten tea set and her bickering family.
One of those perfect covers, and I love the story already – I’m really looking forward to this one…!
About the author
Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.