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This brilliant debut will be released in February 2020.
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.
`Help was on my doorstep. All I had to do was let it in...'
A dazzling debut for 2020 - are you ready to meet Missy Carmichael?
This is a story about...
The power of friendship
The kindness of strangers
An attic full of treasures
The secrets that bind us
The lives we've lived
Are you ready to meet Missy?
Closing date: 06/12/2019
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
A big-hearted story about rediscovering your true self.Truly charming and uplifting in even its most bitter moments. Full review
A lovely book - totally compelling. Full review
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
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
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
A delightful book that is sure to delight a large variety of reading genres and is a must-read. Full review
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
What a wonderful novel this is! Full review
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
A story of courage, love and friendship - a must read for everyone. Full review
What a lovely read! Full review
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
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
`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
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||20th February 2020|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|