Maeve is Seattle-based sportswriter with a Major League Baseball boyfriend. But when her career and relationship come screeching to a halt, the future seems bleak. When Maeve gets a phone call from a stranger, it may open the door to a new life.
WORST. DAY. EVER.
So, sports may not be her passion, but Maeve loves being a journalist. As a sportswriter with a famous boyfriend (Go Mariners!), she’s gained insider access to interviews and parties. But, when a YouTube video goes viral – Maeve finds out (along with the rest of Seattle) that she’s been cheated on.
If that isn’t embarrassing enough, her job disappears that very same day. The newspaper is out of business – pack your belongings. And, to top off the day, she gets mugged on her way home! Can life get any worse?
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
Maeve has always known she was adopted. That nagging question, “why didn’t my mother want me?” haunts Maeve to this day. When she was 16, she tried writing to her birth mother, but all the letters came back.
Old wounds are opened when a strange woman calls Maeve letting her know her birth mother, Annabelle, has passed away. But, with this also comes an opportunity to peek into the life of the woman who gave her birth. The first person she could ever say she’s related to. But, will she find the answers she’s been looking for?
NEW TOWN, NEW LIFE?
When Maeve shows up in Timber Creek for the funeral service, she has no idea what to expect. What’s more, she has no intention of staying. Cajoled into staying a bit longer, she learns Annabelle has left her a house, a car, and a rascal cat!
Meeting her mother’s friends, including the St. Francis Society knitting club, Maeve wants to uncover more of her past. Timber Creek may not be as sleepy and boring a town as it initially seemed. And what of that handsome, somewhat reclusive writer catches her eye? Maybe a change of scenery from Seattle is just what Maeve needs.
I am really into this book! Noblin winds us through the past, and also sets us squarely in the present. This story has it all – emotion, romance, cute animals, knitting, and self-discovery. St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin is a complex story confronting what it means to be adopted and how to find a sense of place. So charming, you’ll be wagging your tail for more!
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Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.