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Today I’m on the ‘The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but b
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.
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker was published in January 2019.
The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows is out in July 2019.
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?
Guest Post :
Family and Friends
Thanks for inviting me and for supporting The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows as she is launched into the world. I’d like to talk about family and friends in this post – strong themes in my new book – which focusses on that old adage, “you can choose your friends but not your family”.
It’s a phrase often muttered under someone’s breath, particularly when a family member is being a right royal pain in the butt, because we all understand that we have no say in who our relatives are. How many times has a parent been told, “I didn’t ask to be born” by a frustrated, reprimanded child? Family are people in our lives by default but, on the whole, they are people we love – however infuriating they are. This is largely because we understand what shaped them and we have commonalities that bind us together. Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles… those people we see at family functions and certain times of the year, where everyone has to pretend that they like each other, even if they don’t. After all, we have been reminded on countless occasions, blood is thicker than water.
Poor old Maisie is desperately lonely when we first meet her. Her relationship has gone sour and spending Christmas Day alone, she laments the fact her family is scattered across the globe, and that relations between her parents and her siblings are notoriously difficult. After a hearty dose of cherished memories, Maisie decides to reunite her family over the coming year and try to recreate the happier times from her childhood, but is she taking on an impossible task?
I have a lot of siblings, and I also have a lot of children. When things are great, we have the best time – after all, it’s a numbers game. We turn up to any event and we’re practically a party by ourselves. But a lot of siblings means a lot of personalities, and Maisie’s siblings are all very different; from the detached and successful Lisa, to the sporty and practical Zoe, from the quiet and solitary Ben, to the ever optimistic and organised Maisie. And that’s not even taking into account her highly emotional mother and charmer of a father, who divorced when she was seven. Can she achieve her dream? And will it be a successful reunion if she does?
I’m fortunate, I get on with all my large and extended family and I have an enormous circle of wonderful friends, but I appreciate not everyone is so lucky. Sometimes I look at my sons (I have four teenage boys) and wonder if they will all still be mates in twenty years time. There are some strong personalities in there and it really could go either way. But then I remember that we are all living together in a small house, with testosterone dripping from the ceiling, each with our own worries and stresses, and the very nature of being in such close confinement contributes to those fraught moments. Perhaps Maisie needs consider whether, despite each family member having their own virtues and strengths, they are going to work well as a whole and in a confined space. After all, a cat is an adorable thing, a field mouse is cute and appealing, and a lion is the most majestic of beasts, but if I lock them in a room together it will not end well.
In Maisie Meadows, I’ve also turned the initial adage on its head. Enter the attractive and laid back Theo, who works with Maisie, to make her question her plan. His philosophy is quite different. I admire Theo so much because he really doesn’t care what other people think, either about him or his actions. With no family to speak of, he chooses his “family”, and it is made up of an eclectic group of friends. This is a revelation to Maisie, especially as her friendship circle is small. Perhaps she has something to learn from him…
Thank you for having me on your blog. I really hope readers enjoy my latest offering and I’d love to hear feedback.
The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows is out 8th July eBook and 19th September paperback.
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker is out now.
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