Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Lillian and Madison were best friends when they roomed together at Ironwood Academy. When a scandal forces Lillian to leave, she’s upset and angry that her life has been derailed. The girls have kept in touch via letter, but when Madison pleas for Lillian’s help, it’s finally time for the two of them to see each other face to face.

Madison’s twin stepkids are moving into her house, and she wants Lillian to be their governess. However, the catch is that the kids spontaneously combust, with literal flames lighting up their skin in a terrifying yet beautiful phenomenon.

Lillian is unsure about this, but she hasn’t got anything to lose. Her life hasn’t been what she wanted and how hard could raising two kids really be? Pretty fucking hard is what she finds out. I loved seeing the relationship between Lillian and the kids develop. Everyone was pretty wary of each other at first, but they grew to be an adorable little family that I loved so much.

This was such an enjoyable read. It had humor, love, crazy shit and some good basketball playing. Lillian also struggles a lot with her own feelings of inadequacy and trying not to project them onto the twins. She quickly develops a very maternal protective instinct and I loved every time she defended them. Whether it was from Carl’s misguided attempts to help, Madison’s judgement or Jasper’s absence. Honestly, this was such a feel good book and the ending brought a couple tears to my eyes.

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