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September 21, 2021

Other People's Things by Kerry Anne King ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

A  witty, magical story about improbable connections, difficult gifts, and the unexpected events that heal us and bring us together. 

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Other People's Things
September 2021; Lake Union; 978-1542026239
audio, ebook, print (365 pages); women's fiction

Nicole has just gotten out of jail and moved back into her family home.  She was in jail for robbery.  Yes, she touches the items that she is accused of stealing but she doesn't really steal them -- she relocates them. The items talk to her and tell her that they want to be somewhere else - so she takes them from one place and puts the items where they tell her they want to go.  Unfortunately, her reasons weren't accepted by the police or her family and she was sent to jail.  Yes, Nicole is a flawed character and seems a bit unbalanced at times but she's lovable despite her quirks or maybe because of her quirks.  Out of jail, with her marriage on the rocks and a jail sentence being threatened for stealing money from her husband, she appears to have reached rock bottom but her determination and cheery attitude just keep her moving along.

After she promises her sister that she's won't move any other objects, her sister hires her to help clean houses.  She uses the mantra 'Better than jail' over and over to keep her from relocating any objects... until a book talks to her at one house and she just has to take it.  She relocates it to another house, and when the owner of the house finds it, the emotional walls she has set up around her begin to crumble and things change for her and for Nicole.  With Nicole out of a job after her sister fires her, her family all agrees that she should go back to her wonderful and rich husband who is begging her to come home.  She fell for his smooth manner before but now that she knows what he's really like, she has no intention of going back to him so he threatens to have her arrested for the $20,000 that she relocated from his office and he wants it back.  With the family drama continuing, throw in a private investigator, an unhinged pharmacist, a psychiatrist, and a best friend and this book is full of delightful twists and turns.  Despite all that's going on, Nicole stays upbeat and happy with her life.

I've never read a character like Nicole.  She could make you laugh and make you cry.  At times the whole world seemed to be against her but she stayed upbeat and happy with life.  The book has lots of characters but Nicole is the one who shines the brightest.

This is a book about family and love and forgiveness with a bit of danger and treachery mixed in.  It's a fun book to read and Nicole is really a great character to know.  She's a character that will stay with me long after the last page of the book.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. Since her travel plans had to be canceled for this year, she is starting to make plans for travel in 2021. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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  1. I don't think I've ever heard of a story like this. Very interesting.

  2. i think it sounds like one for me, after reading your great review
    sherry @ fundinmental