I hadn't heard much about The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone by Audrey Burges before the publisher reached out regarding the blog tour, but I read the synopsis and was instantly charmed. Big thanks to them for having me!
|Pub Date: 1-24-23|
Adult - Fantasy
After a car accident when she was younger took the life of her beloved step-grandma, Trixie, and left her scarred, Myra Malone hasn't left her house. She seeks refuge in the mansion (not a dollhouse) she inherited from Trixie, spending days working on new furniture to add, rearranging the rooms, and crafting stories to go along with it. When her friend convinces her to share the mansion online, Myra didn't expect anyone would care and is shocked when she gains a massive following. Soon, everyone is taken by the enigmatic Myra as they are with the ever-changing mansion.
While working at his family's furniture business, Alex Rakes keeps coming across patrons looking to match the aesthetic of a mysterious mansion. One customer shows him a picture of the mansion, and Alex is bewildered to find himself staring at a smaller version of his own home. How can a stranger across the country know his family home down to the most minute detail? Alex reaches out to Myra, and soon the pair strike a correspondence, hoping to unravel the mystery tying them together.
If you're looking for a warm book to curl up with once winter hits, this is it. Everything about it felt cozy. Burges' writing is inviting and whimsical. I enjoyed all the magical touches peppered throughout. I liked the premise of these two lonely people connecting over this strange mystery. There were certain aspects of both Myra and Alex that I could relate to, so it was easy to become invested in their story. However, the pacing was a little rocky, especially with all the changing timelines, and I wish we had a little more explanation of the magic. Aside from that, I thought this was charming.