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Saving Missy

by Beth Morrey

Book Club Recommendations Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Debut Books of the Month Debuts Family Drama Feel-Good Fiction Humour (fiction) Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Sharing Diverse Voices Star Books

LoveReading View on Saving Missy

A debut novel to read slowly, to savour, to adore. Yes, this is a rather special and beautiful read, and I want to climb a few rooftops to shout about it. Missy Carmichael is lonely, she lives by herself in a huge house, when opportunities arise for friendship and more, can she reach out and take them? I admit to having fallen in love with Missy, she isn’t perfect and she makes mistakes (who doesn’t!), yet there is something about her that tiptoed into my heart and soul and has taken up residence. So often we just see a snapshot of someone, a moment or period in their life, however not here. Beth Morrey has not only brought her to life, but by also dipping into the past, we discover the gems that make Missy, well, Missy! The surrounding characters are a wonderfully quirky bunch, and Bob is an absolute delight. I laughed and I cried (oh how I cried). Saving Missy meanders gently, poignantly, beautifully, to what was for me, a perfect ending. I adored meeting Missy and so have chosen this lovely debut novel as one of our star books. 

Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

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Saving Missy Synopsis

Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely.

But everyone deserves a second chance…

A dazzling debut for 2020 – are you ready to meet Missy Carmichael?

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.

Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.

Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new.

Another life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?

Saving Missy Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Make sure you have tissues, this is heart-warming, tragic and uplifting, a real mixture and a great read. Full review

Sally Doel

A big-hearted story about rediscovering your true self.Truly charming and uplifting in even its most bitter moments. Full review

Saarah Nisaa

A lovely book - totally compelling. Full review

Doreen McKeown

Meet Missy, the unlikely heroine who will stay with you after you have turned the last page. A glorious novel about opening your heart to the possibility of living the life you deserve. Full review

Clare Reynolds

A real pager turner which keeps the reader wanting more right until the end. The conclusion was heartwarming (perhaps unrealistic) and tied everything up satisfactorily. Full review

Rachael Anderson

This is a book that is not easy to put down and the reader becomes very attached to Missy and really feels her sadness...but then rejoices with her in her new relationships Full review

Kathy Howell

A delightful book that is sure to delight a large variety of reading genres and is a must-read. Full review

Catherine Bryce

A funny insight into the life of Missy, a lonely old lady who realises that new friendships bring new experiences, family relationships can be saved and secrets bring close bonds with the most unlikely people. Full review

Katie Levers

What a wonderful novel this is! Full review

Siobhan McDowell

A beautifully written story which seamlessly glides from Missy’s past to the present day. This book has many poignant moments which will leave you thinking about it long after you have read the final page. Full review

Gail Phillips

A story of courage, love and friendship - a must read for everyone. Full review

Heather Howarth

What a lovely read! Full review

Diana Mason

A beautiful read, written with sensitivity and understanding yet managing to be both humorous and so accurately observant of life at the same time. Full review


This book gave me hope that people are still decent and sociable and inside everyone has a character bursting to get out. Perfect book for cold autumnal days on the sofa. An even better book than Eleanor Oliphant. Full review

Sinead Blowers

A must- read book about friendship and discovery that you will find hard to put down. Beth Morrey has created some wonderful characters and keeps you hooked from start to finish! Full review

Catherine Richardson

I fell in love with Missy as well as Beth Morrey's writing- bring on more books, please! Full review

Rebecca Gilpin

Saving Missy Press Reviews

`One of the biggest titles among a deluge of fiction following the trend for uplifting literature' Guardian

`One [debut author] has had 10 publishers fighting over her `coming-of-old' tale' Daily Telegraph

`The most buzzed-about novel at the Frankfurt Book Fair' Sunday Times Culture

‘Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting. Reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance. I loved it’ Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful

‘A beautiful story about love, loss, guilt and the power of friendship’ Jill Mansell, author of Maybe This Time

‘The most beautiful and moving book I’ve read in a long time’ Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

‘A generous-hearted story showing the transformative power of friendship and community … A fabulously enjoyable book’ Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus

‘A heartwarming tale of sacrifice, courage and reward – a hymn to the power of basic human kindness’ Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn’t Call

‘A soulful, refreshing and tender book, written with grace, humour and empathy’ Stephanie Butland, author of Lost for Words

‘Moving but not sentimental … [a character] as complex, frustrating, vulnerable and surprising as any I’ve met in print’ Eleanor Wasserberg, author of Foxlowe

‘A book for our times: a heartfelt reminder of the affirmative joy of not just being kind to others, but also to yourself’ Piers Torday The Lost Magician

‘An exquisitely written and uplifting novel about the power and importance of human connection. A book to hold close to your chest when you’ve finished and feel comforted, warmed and inspired’ Katy Regan, author of Little Big Love

‘A joyful, tender, life affirming STUNNER of a book’ Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Cornish Cream Tea Bus


‘For everyone with an Eleanor Oliphant-shaped hole in their heart, this is the book to fill it’ Eithne Shortall, author of Grace After Henry

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008334062
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008334024
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780008334055
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers UK
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008334024
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Beth Morrey
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Family Drama, Feel-Good Fiction, Humour, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices, Star Books,
Collections: 80+ Books That Deliver a Hug , Our Favourite Books of 2020,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction,

About Beth Morrey

Beth Morrey is an ex-TV producer who was behind shows you watched and loved, like The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds; shows you might not have watched but would enjoy, like 100 Year Old Drivers; and shows that you haven’t watched and maybe shouldn’t, like Sun, Sex & Suspicious Parents.  Since her early twenties, Beth has been trying to write a book. Her first attempt was a spin-off from Mary Poppins called ‘Sister Suffragette’, which was all about Winifred Banks’ adventures when she wasn’t at home singing. It’s ...

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