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Bad Housekeeping: 11/08/17
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance is the story of a recently divorced woman and her teenage son and their strange new neighbors. Markie and Jesse have moved into a bungalow, taking a year lease, after Markie discovered her husband had spent all the family money and had affairs. He was basically the loser her parents had warned her that he was.
Markie and Jesse expect to only be at the bungalow for a year. It's what her budget can handle. Then they'll look for something else, somewhere else. So they keep most of their stuff in the garage, still in their boxes. The opt to eat take out food.
On their very first day they are greeted by Mrs. Saint — a woman with a French accent — sends over Frederick to carry in their furniture. She as a short, middle aged woman, and Jesse as an out of shape teenager, obviously do need his help, but Markie wants to be left alone, even if that means failing at moving in.
From that day forward, Mrs. Saint continues to interject herself into Markie and Jesse's lives. Before long Mrs. Saint has adopted Markie and Jesse and two more of her defectives. It's a slow and steady invasion for the betterment of everyone.
There's a method and a reason behind Mrs. Saint's activities. If you pay attention, you'll find the holes in the stories she tells Markie. While the specifics of what really happened aren't laid out until the end, there's enough there to expect the details once they're revealed.