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Apr 29

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

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 heart-warming 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 over-protective 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 humor in this new, contemporary novel.

My Review:

The opening scene of this book had me hooked — young Jenny, bullied and teased at school because of her severe stutter, has decided to end her life. The emotions evoked are poignant and familiar. The tension builds, my heart is in my throat… and then Thomas, the imaginary golden horse arrives.

There may have been eye-rolling. Thankfully, the writing was so good up to that point that I continued reading. I’m so glad that I did.

The Nothing Girl has everything that makes a story fun to read: believable, nuanced characters, emotional resonance, just the right touch of humor, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of mystery and suspense.

And that golden horse? He will make you cry like a baby. I swear. Thomas’s character is so well-developed that you’ll wish that you had your own invisible golden horse, because really, everyone should have a Thomas in their lives.

I loved everything about this book and highly recommend it.

About the Author:

Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a complete history nut. It takes vast amounts of chocolate to get her out of bed for anything after 1485. And if it’s raining, there’s no chance.

Habitually tongue-tied when asked to talk about herself, she gets round this by describing herself as tall, incredibly beautiful, witty and technically proficient.

Jodi has published several books, including The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, St. Mary’s short stories, The Nothing Girl, and the short story Little Donkey.

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  1. Eydie Stumpf

    Where do I get a golden horse of my own? Great review, Shelli.

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Thank you, Eydie, and seriously, you need one!

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