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The Nothing Girl [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Taylor
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 humour in this new, contemporary novel.

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About the Author

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 re-write 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 on ebook where it was downloaded by more than 60,000 readers on Amazon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (18 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KFKQE50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a History Nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate, and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then.

She wanted to write a book about time-travel that was a little different, and not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.

The result is the story of the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research and the nutters who work there.

In order, The Chronicles of St Mary's consist of the following titles -

Just One Damned Thing After Another
A Symphony of Echoes
A Second Chance
A Trail Through Time.
No Time Like the Past
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? will be released in September 2015

Also available are three short stories -

When A Child is Born
Roman Holiday
Christmas Present.

Her first romantic novel, also available on Amazon, is entitled The Nothing Girl and the story of Jenny and Russell is continued in the short story, Little Donkey.

For up to date info, check out her Facebook page

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual but very enjoyable read 20 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
28 year old stuttering Jenny lives in the attic of her Aunt and Uncles house.
At age 13 she contemplates suicide but is talked out of it by a mysterious golden horse called Thomas.
Jenny guided by Thomas decides that enough is enough and she wants to do something with her life- that something is agreeing to marry Russell Checkland her cousin's ex boyfriend, former artist and habitual drunk.
But Russell's offerings of freedom from her Aunt and Uncles may not only help her discover who her true family really is but what she is really made of.

The beginning was a little confusing trying to work out everyone's relationship to each other, as was Jenny's insistence that she still go through with marrying Russell especially at the wedding scene. However the story was quite funny and sweet and had a nice pace to it, the plot kept you interested and I enjoyed all the characters especially as more got added to the household though out the story. The added intrigue and suspicion on all the characters at crucial moments (no spoilers here!) was well written as it really did keep you guessing.

Having read and loved Jodi Taylor's other novels- The Chronicles of St Mary's I found this one slightly darker in some parts but slightly easier to follow as there were no in depth historical aspects or time travel to wrap your head around.
And although I enjoyed the `mysterious behind-the-scenes guardian' elements to Thomas and that the story was more about Jenny growing up and making decisions for herself, I do wish we would have found out more about him.

Overall I thought it was very well written, with a nice touch of humour and an interesting plot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing sweeter... 3 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I looked up Taylor's books to see if she'd finished the next St Mary's book (sadly not yet), but I did find The Nothing Girl. This is a sweet poignant funny romance that made me laugh numerous times. It's told in the first person from the heroine's point of view (she's often clueless so the reader is left to assume what might be until the heroine knows, but this works for the story). Jenny is the nothing girl; a woman who's been made to feel worthless, stupid and deficient, but she has a secret weapon - Thomas, her guardian angel - a golden horse who smells of ginger biscuits. At first you assume he's an imaginary friend, but he's not (which I think is a lovely idea). The story is about the heroine and the hero unwittingly helping each other heal (from emotional trauma), grow as individuals and who discover in each other much more than someone in need of rescue. We all know people or have been the person considered 'nothing' - this is a lovely reminder that our unchallenged assumptions are often worse than fiction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, delightful, quirky story 22 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is absolutely lovely. The characters are well developed and believable- even the first Thomas, who of course is invisible to everyone except our protagonist, Jenny. I don't want to give the plot away, but any reader of quirkiness will love this book (and the St Mary's Chronicles.)
The Nothing Girl's story made me laugh out loud and tearful in places too, I also found myself drinking a lot of tea.....

Well done Jodi Taylor, surely another massive hit. I can see this as a major feature film rivalling ET and Harvey!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jodi does it without St Marys! 30 July 2014
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I loved the St Mary's books and honestly wondered if Jodi Taylor could be as successful and entertaining in any other setting. Well I've just finished The Nothing Girl in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is poignant, funny, thought provoking and very, very entertaining. I can't wait for Jodi's next book whatever it's genre and I will be pre ordering it as soon as it is announced and recommend anyone else to do the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and entertaining 13 Aug. 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I downloaded this book as I had really enjoyed the St Mary's Chronicles. This is a very different type of book, whilst quirky it is not laugh out loud funny as those stories are. The quirkiness is simply the imaginary friend, in the form of a golden horse, of a mature woman. The horse tells Jenny the things she needs to know, he guides her in making the right decisions in any given situation, and helps her to work through problems until she comes to a rational conclusion. He is portrayed as a separate entity and although not visible to anyone other than Jenny, he does almost seem to be her alter ego, and encourages her to be brave and bold.
This is very much the story of Jenny's blossoming from a young woman who is kept in a childlike, dependent condition to an independent, even feisty woman, with a number of pitfalls and unpleasant incidents along the way. As she takes steps to assert her right to a life of her own, lived in accordance with her own wishes rather than in the way which other people have planned for her she faces dangers and challenges along the way and soon comes to the point of wondering why, and how, certain things are happening, her conclusions are surprising, but not when she finally gets a glimpse of the bigger picture, at that point many things become dreadfully clear.

This is a totally different genre of book from the St Mary's Chronicles but no less readable for that. It is an emotional account of the empowering of a woman who is wresting back control of her own life. It is witty and entertaining and an enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 days ago by SLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As ever from this author, a well told story and engaging characters.
Published 6 days ago by Jean S
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
A good read
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I loved this book, just the right amount of fantasy, romance and cleverness! I am definitely going to be reading more Jodi Taylor after this.
Published 9 days ago by FK1983
2.0 out of 5 stars Snooze inducing
Life's too short to waste reading books about imaginary horses. A slow moving book I never finished
Published 13 days ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming and memorable
I loved this. Jodi Taylor is a remarkable writer. I love her mad time travel books, but this was different. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Liz Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare one
I rarely give five stars, and not just for charming tales. I've done it here because Ms Taylor writes so well, and. Read more
Published 28 days ago by BarbaraM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice story
Published 1 month ago by Marza
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet
I got this book free on kindle and was very pleasantly surprised by the writing and gripping story, I laughed cried and even at one point shouted out loud. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jr
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars at it's BEST --- H.Jewell
This was a very thoroughly entertaining book...A bit of everything romance, intrigue, mystery, love & very lovable characters that you want to meet. Read more
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