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I bought the book with a certain amount of trepidation. I adore the St. Mary's time travel books by Jodi Taylor and wasn't sure I wanted to ruin it by reading something else by her which I wouldn't like as much. From the description, it sounded rather like a children's book, and I'm not particularly fond of kid lit.
"The Nothing Girl" is not a book for children. Nor is it fantasy, exactly. There's a bit of fantasy in it, enough to make the story sparkle with magic but it's really about people and their relationships -- wrapped around a mystery. Or two. And some really interesting animals.
It is witty, sometimes hilarious. Touching, enough to bring a tear to my eye. Perhaps the closest thing to a false note is the total naivete of the protagonist who always seems to be the last to figure out what's going on.
It's also a mystery, though its primary focus is always people. Growing up, learning to relate to others. Helping a partner grow. Saving yourself while saving others. Figuring out who to trust ...
If you have read Taylor's other books, you won't be disappointed. It's not the same characters or even the same universe, but they are memorable, one and all, good and bad. There are surprises. Mysteries to solve. Relationships to sort out. Even a bit of sex. Nothing sordid -- she's not that kind of writer -- but definitely sex.
Lucy Price-Lewis is an excellent narrator who makes you forget she's there. Which is exactly what a great narrator does.
If I had to sum it up, I'd call it a clever mystery with a dollop of magic. A beautifully-crafted children's book for grownups.
107 of 109 people found this review helpful
I have this book in both Kindle and Audible forms. I highly recommend it in either format.
I don't know how to classify this book, except that is so very worth reading. It will touch your heart. You will ache for Jenny, the Nothing Girl, cheer for her, laugh with her, and be so very gratified with how things work out. It has pathos, mystery, humor, great characters, surprises, love, and a Golden Horse named Thomas that only Jenny can see. Is Thomas imaginary? A guardian angel in horse form? A mystical but real creature?
Russell is the most important character next to Jenny. The development and growth of his character is no less fraught and important than the growth and development of Jenny. Two great characters you will come to treasure.
This story would work as a mystery, romance, character driven plot even without Thomas. But what Thomas does for Jenny is very important in how everything else develops.
Jodi Taylor has a wonderful imagination and way with words. If she writes it, I'll read it. The narration is perfect.
36 of 37 people found this review helpful
Jodi Taylor is rapidly becoming my favourite author. I bought this book on the back of her brilliant St Mary's series and was expecting the usual let down......writer moves away from the norm and fails miserably. However, I was so pleased that this book grabbed me from the start.
It's a fairytale for adults. A large golden imaginary horse, wicked step-parents, baddies, goodies, plots, twists, it's got it all! Fabulous book! (And if you haven't yet discovered the St Mary's Chronicles - do! You won't be disappointed)
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
I kinda liked the St Mary stories so thought I'd give this a go. I was unprepared for just how beautiful and magical this story was. I cannot thank Ms Taylor enough for sharing this with us and Ms Price-Lewis for her heartfelt and perfectly pitched narration.
As a bloke I would normally avoid "beautiful " stories but don't. Try it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This is a light romance novel which I found charming and sufficiently suspense-inducing to make me listen to the end. I really enjoyed Jodi Taylor's St Mary's series. This is nothing like that, but is well written and entertaining. The misunderstandings between the characters are well crafted.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful