Book Review: The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick




The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick

Park Row (May 31, 2022)



The house cleaner of a famous author must carry out her employer’s shocking last wish in this delightful new novel from beloved author Phaedra Patrick

Mother of two Liv Green barely scrapes by as a maid to make ends meet, often finding escape in a good book while daydreaming of becoming a writer herself. So she can’t believe her luck when she lands a job housekeeping for her personal hero, megabestselling author Essie Starling, a mysterious and intimidating recluse. The last thing Liv expected was to be the only person Essie talks to, which leads to a tenuous friendship.

When Essie passes away suddenly, Liv is astonished to learn that her dying wish was for Liv to complete her final novel. But to do so Liv will have to step into Essie’s shoes. As Liv begins to write, she uncovers secrets from the past that reveal a surprising connection between the two women—one that will change Liv’s own story forever…







“The best day of my life was also my worst.”

Overall, a so so read for me. The story really hit for me the last ¼ of the book then I found that I appreciated the entire story. A bit of a mystery to solve. Secrets about the authors past come to light. I thought it was a clever read and the mystery man was quite a surprise. Very descriptive writing and enjoyed the twists and turns the plot took.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books (Lisa Reigel)

ARC provided by Harlequin via Netgalley

Also purchased copy via the Brenda Novak Monthly Book Club Box (August)

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About the Author

 Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide and her first three novels were all USA Today bestsellers. Her second novel Rise and Shine Benedict Stone has been made into a Hallmark movie. Phaedra lives with her family in Saddleworth where she writes full-time.







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