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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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By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-25-15
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.
114 of 117 people found this review helpful
By Kindle Customer on 03-28-15
Not To Be Missed!
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.
38 of 40 people found this review helpful
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By ellen on 05-08-15
A wonderful book
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)
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Paul Golz on 04-10-16
A stunning story
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.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By Suzanna on 11-18-16
An amusing light romance
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
By Sophie on 05-18-18
An absolute joy. I got lots of strange looks from other drivers as I laughed out loud time and again. loved it.