The Two Lives of Maddie Meadows by Sharley Scott

The Two Lives Of Maddie Meadows

Maddie Meadows adores her family and loves her work. But she has good reason to keep them separate.

For single mum Maddie, home is a flat on a run-down estate. And family consists of an excitable toddler, a lonely Dad and a younger brother mired in a love triangle.

Meanwhile, professional Madeleine balances a tricky day job, made worse by a jealous colleague. No one at work knows about her other life, and she needs to keep it this way: one of the bosses has made his feelings very clear about single parents and the people on her estate.

Thank goodness for her fun-loving and loyal friends – although Maddie wishes they’d believe her when she insists she has no time for love. Or so she tells herself as she fights to quell her hidden feelings for her gorgeous colleague, Oliver, who comes from the posh part of town.

When her friends line up their ideal man for her – Sean, more beanstalk than Bean – Maddie wishes she’d told them the truth. It’s hard enough juggling two lives. But, with all the added complications, how long will be it be before Maddie’s carefully created world comes crashing down?


My review

Maddie really does seem to have two very separate lives: one as Madeleine at work in her role for the local council, and the other at home in her council flat in a physically rundown but emotionally rich housing estate. She has plenty on her plate as single mum of Josh and with father Alan who’s depressed and recovering from cancer, and her brother who has Down’s syndrome. If this sounds rather heavy, well, it is and it isn’t. It’s a lot for one person to deal with, but Maddie does so with optimism and her whole heart. She’s a wonderful character – not a martyr who enjoys suffering, just a devoted, determined human being.

But it’s hard to keep parts of your life completely separate from each other, and the different elements of hers do touch, quite dramatically, from time to time.

She considers she has no time for romance, but her friends think differently and think goodness they do because it leads, eventually, to Maddie finding happiness. Even Madeleine, who faces prejudice and nastiness at work, reaches a similar state when she finds a way to deal with her unpleasant boss.

The book is cleverly written, great fun to read and thought-provoking. It deals with very real issues in an entertaining way, that gives a boost to people who have similar ones in their real lives.

Maddie isn’t the only complex, rounded character. Everyone we meet is presented with detail and care, warts and all, and they provide a convincing slice of life.

Much to enjoy in this easy to read, charming story.


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Author Bio –

Sharley Scott is the author of the ‘Devon Seaside Guesthouse’ novels – Bedlam & Breakfast and B&Bers Behaving Madly.

Her latest book ‘The Two Lives of Maddie Meadows’ is being published in early July 2020. The second in the series ‘The Gift of a Rose’ will be available in the autumn.

Sharley is a guesthouse owner in South Devon. She is thankful to have been blessed with lots of amazing and kind-hearted guests, who are nothing like some of the characters featured in the Devon Seaside Guesthouse series.

The Two Lives of Maddie Meadows is a fictional account, but Sharley has never forgotten how interesting life can be with a toddler. Some of the mischief Josh gets up to will be familiar to all parents. Sharley has carried out the threats she made to her son decades ago and now embarrasses him by telling tales to his girlfriend, although he gets her back by recounting stories about his mum.

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