The Nothing Girl

  • by Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder....
Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery.
Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland - and for her nothing will ever be the same again.With overprotective relatives on one hand and the world's most erratic spouse on the other, Jenny needs to become someone. And fast!
Fans of Jodi Taylor's best-selling Chronicles of St. Mary's series will adore the quirky humour in this new, contemporary novel. Jodi Taylor, International Woman of Mystery, spent some time working undercover for North Yorkshire County Library Service. Heavily disguised as the world's most incompetent facilities manager, she shifted dead dogs, fell out of mobile libraries, and spent far too much time in the gents' toilets. The idea to rewrite history first came to her while studying history A level at an evening class. Just One Damned Thing After Another is her first novel and was originally self-published as an ebook; it was downloaded by more than 60,000 readers on Amazon.


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So much better than I expected

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.
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- Marilyn Armstrong

An Unexpected 5-Star Delight!

I always thought that if a book had even a whiff of romance in it, I'd run like hell. I thought it'd be contrived, it'd be predictable, it'd be toe-curlingly bad. So imagine how surprised I was to completely fall for "The Nothing Girl," where Jenny marries Russell to have a home of her own, and Russell marries Jenny to get money so he can restore said home. The entire book will be about them eventually falling in love, right?
It's about Jenny becoming a real person in her own right. With the help of Thomas, the golden horse. Yep. The horse makes total sense, really he does!
Jenny is shy, has a stutter, has been told her entire life that she's two steps away from being institutionalized. But through the world she and Russell create, one with animals, friends, misfits, she learns to stand up, to speak, to be herself.
Then there's the plot twists at the end that I'm not going to blow. And the touching parts. And, and, and soooo much more. This audiobook is brilliantly narrated, desperately moving, and you'll enjoy every minute of it. Credit-worthy!
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- Gillian "SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios