The search for happiness turns a woman’s life upside down in a warm, quirky, and bighearted novel about the joys and chaos of finding love.


About Maddie

Maddie Dawson, a transplanted Southerner living in the Northeast,  is the Washington Post bestselling author of eleven novels. She specializes in humorous literary fiction, about people stumbling toward love, family, connection, and hope—and usually finding it in the most unlikely circumstances. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages.

About Let's Pretend This Will Work

After too many dates, thirtysomething Mimi Perkins is still single, unmoored, and longing for love. So when Ren Yardley—a handsome, divorced fellow drama teacher and single father—falls in love with her and proposes, she’s sure this is at last the good news her psychic predicted.

Soon after proposing, Ren receives the devastating news that his ex-wife has been in a debilitating car accident, prompting him to temporarily move back into his former home to care for her and his daughters. The unfailingly loyal Ren also wants to keep Mimi close. But as time goes by, it begins to seem that Ren and his estranged family might be slowly reuniting, and Mimi has to figure out what she’s willing to fight for and what she needs to let go of.

One thing is for sure: she would have never guessed that her psychic was right after all. Life’s twists, turns, and disasters just might lead her to unexpected happiness.


"Readers looking for a story that captures their full attention and doesn't let go will enjoy every page."


“If you’re not reading Maddie Dawson, you’re not laughing, sighing or living right.”

—Ann Garvin USA Today Best-Selling Author of There’s No Coming Back From This

 "Maddie Dawson is just plain brilliant. Her books are sunshine and magic, big-hearted and bright, and Let's Pretend This Will Work is the shiniest star of all."

—Rochelle Weinstein, bestselling author ofWhat You Do to Me

 “Maddie Dawson writes with so much heart and wisdom that every one of her novels hits a deep part of my soul.”

—Annabel Monaghan, bestselling author of Same Time, Next Summer

 "With her signature warmth, wit, and heart, Maddie Dawson offers us a story brimming with quirky, relatable characters."

—Rachel Linden, author of
Recipe for a Charmed Life

“Dawson is a generous storyteller, creating characters who are both complex and unexpected while being wholly relatable.” 

—Kirkus Reviews