The MacLosers

Rated 3.23/5 based on 14 reviews
An unemployed architect thinks his prayers have been answered when he inherits a Scottish village. But when he takes his dysfunctional family to the Highlands, he finds the place in shambles, the locals standoffish, and the cunning caretaker determined to steal the property out from under him. More
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Words: 27,200
Language: English (Scottish dialect)
ISBN: 9781476397306
About Paul Moxham

Paul Moxham hails from Melbourne, Australia. He's best known for his children's mystery series which follows Joe, Amy, Sarah, and Will as they have adventures in 1950's Britain.

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Review by: Willow Webster on Oct. 23, 2013 :
I found it highly entertaining.
(review of free book)

Review by: Tanya Dennings on May 21, 2013 :
I tried to read The Maclosers to give it an honest review, but I just couldn't. There were a few funny moments, but overall I found the book to be boring. I don't think I got past page 50 and I was forcing myself to read that much.
(review of free book)

Review by: Cindy Holdmann on May 07, 2013 :
I received this book for an honest review. It is a short story about a man who inherits a castle and town in Scotland. When he moves his family there with the intent of refurbishing it and selling it, others claim ownership. It is supposed to be humorous and at times it was but I found the writing rushed, flat, and the characters unmemorable.
(review of free book)

Review by: Davros10 on April 05, 2013 :
Written for teens, this book also has a lot to offer oldies like me too, especially if you think you'd like the humour of Compton MacKenzie's Highland novels told in a slapstick manner.

The plot itself is nothing new: heir moves back to ancestral home, finds something amiss - in this case it's falling down and ready to be demolished - but is determined to make it work, but can only overcome the machinations of the local "baddie" if he/she can get family and/or locals to back him/her.

The author here has made it fresh by injecting a lot of humour, much of it slapstick, into all the characters and their interactions. A good read, enhanced by the fact that at only 27,000 words it doesn't overstay its welcome.

Recommended, particularly for younger readers.
(review of free book)

Review by: R. Bruce Macdonald on March 22, 2013 :
An enjoyable and humorous quick read about what happens when two cultures clash while hopes and dreams are dashed and then brought back to life. Interesting characters that develop quickly as the book progresses.
(review of free book)

Review by: Frances Bott on March 19, 2013 :
Ever met someone that seems like Murphy’s Law follows them everywhere they go? Well get ready to meet a family that Murphy follows.
The MacLosers by Paul Moxham is based on a true story. Robert Diobair, an architect that is out of work when he and his family inherit a Scottish Village. Thinking this will solve all his problems, off to Scotland they go, and Murphy follows them.
This story is hilarious as so many things go wrong for the family. But unbeknown to them, part of it is sabotage. Someone wants their property and will do anything to get it.
If you are ready for a good laugh and love to see the underdog win, here’s a book that gives you both.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(review of free book)

Review by: Carolyn Scott on March 08, 2013 :
This an enjoyable short novella about an American family who inherit a run-down castle and village in the Scottish highlands and being down on their luck decide to take on the job of renovating it. I enjoyed the book as it's very funny in places, has some interesting characters and a strong story line. It was very readable and I felt would have worked very well as a children's book. However, as an adult novel it felt underdone and unsatisfying. The characters, while interesting were a bit too stereotypical. I would have liked to see more of the wife and children's personalities, particularly how they change over the book. For example how did the daughter change from a classic, lazy teenager caring only about her phone and her nails to a rugby playing harridan? The ending is also very rapid with the transformation of the castle and the village completed seemingly without effort or any funding - there's a whole other story in there waiting to be told.
I think this could be a really funny full-sized novel with further development of plot and characters and I'd love to see more writing from this author. I can also see the story working really well as a TV series with episodes in there about the feud between the two villages, the American kids and their exploits in this strange place and the renovation of the village and castle.

I received this book via LibraryThing as a free member give-away in exchange for a review.
(review of free book)

Review by: Tabby on March 04, 2013 :
A quick and easy read for adults. The story starts off a little slow, but about a third of the way through, the flow of the writing is much better. Then you just have to finish it to see what happens to the villagers. Also, the second half is more family-friendly, while the first half seems to be geared more for adults only. Maybe the author should write two versions! Overall, funny novella with some memorable Scottish characters.

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Review by: Tabby on March 04, 2013 : (no rating)
A quick and easy read for adults. The story starts off a little slow, but about a third of the way through, the flow of the writing is much better. Then you just have to finish it to see what happens to the villagers. Also, the second half is more family-friendly, while the first half seems to be geared more for adults only. Maybe the author should write two versions! Overall, funny novella with some memorable Scottish characters.

LT Member Giveaway
[book:The MacLosers|15815089]
[author:Paul Moxham|5428449]
(review of free book)

Review by: Narlen & Eveline Evans on Oct. 01, 2012 :
Lost interest after the first chapter.The story line sounded promising but it was all narrative.
(review of free book)

Review by: njmom3 on Sep. 11, 2012 :
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-maclosers.html

The MacLosers is the story of the Diobair family - Roger and Samantha and their children Alex and Jess. Roger is an out-of-work architect who can't seem to escape the disasters of his last job. The financial and emotional troubles of being out of work are piling up. Then, out of the blue, they receive an inheritance - a village in Scotland.

Being out of options, the family moves to a dilapidated castle with an interesting cast of village characters. Some friendly, and some definitely not. People expect Roger to quit; yet he does not. Along the way is a feud with a neighboring village, some long forgotten history, and a winner take all wager. All the makings of a fun tale.

Overall, the book was a very quick, very easy read. It was a fun story. Throughout, my thought was that with some revisions and editing to make the language and content more kid-friendly, this would make a fun children's movie - the tried and true plot family in trouble to a family taking on a new adventure to a family coming together.

*** Reviewed for Library Things Member Giveaway Program ***
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: njmom3 on Sep. 11, 2012 :
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-maclosers.html

The MacLosers is the story of the Diobair family - Roger and Samantha and their children Alex and Jess. Roger is an out-of-work architect who can't seem to escape the disasters of his last job. The financial and emotional troubles of being out of work are piling up. Then, out of the blue, they receive an inheritance - a village in Scotland.

Being out of options, the family moves to a dilapidated castle with an interesting cast of village characters. Some friendly, and some definitely not. People expect Roger to quit; yet he does not. Along the way is a feud with a neighboring village, some long forgotten history, and a winner take all wager. All the makings of a fun tale.

Overall, the book was a very quick, very easy read. It was a fun story. Throughout, my thought was that with some revisions and editing to make the language and content more kid-friendly, this would make a fun children's movie - the tried and true plot family in trouble to a family taking on a new adventure to a family coming together.

*** Reviewed for Library Things Member Giveaway Program ***
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on Aug. 16, 2012 :
4 STARS

This is a hard luck family. Everything goes wrong for them so badly its funny. You want things to go right for them at sometime.
Roger Diobair is the father after being unemployed as a hard time getting a job because of what happened at last one. Roger inheirits a Scottish Castle and a village so he thinks things are looking up. But when he makes it there hopeing to flip it finds it needs lots of help.
Someone wants his property so he is working to make him give up his inheitence.
Also two crooks are hiding in the village.
Its a short entertaining novel.
I like it and will read more of Paul Moxham works based on this short story.
I was given this ebook from Librarything and asked to give honest review in exchange.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sam Burns on Aug. 11, 2012 :
Meet Roger Diobair, our hapless main character, who because of the disaster of Eggface World is now unemployable. All he wants to do is take care of his family. His wife Samantha is supportive, his daughter Jess is a typical 16 yr old who is too full of herself, and his 13 yr old son Alex is still in awe of things. And then there is Marge, Rogers disapproving mother-in-law, who never fails to tell Roger what a loser he is.

When Roger is at his lowest, he finds out that he has inherited a scottish village. Taking his family there, minus the mother-in-law, he finds the castle is in ruins, the locals leary of him, the ex-caretaker is trying to get the property for himself, and that he comes from a long line of losers.

This is a short story, not even a hundred pages, but it doesn't need to be any longer to be entertaining. The characters are very likable, you feel for Roger as he tries so hard to be a hero in the eyes of his wife and children. The harder he works to fix things the harder the caretaker works to sabotage the project, but Roger never gives up.

The story moves quickly, had me laughing outloud, and still thinking about it hours after I was done. It certainly wasn't a "MacLoser" in my eyes and I highly recommend it. I won this from LibraryThing and I loved it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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