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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.
Seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?
Missy Carmichael is prickly, stubborn – and terribly lonely. Until a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new. Something wonderful.
Missy was used to her small, solitary existence, listening to her footsteps echoing around the empty house, the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock. After all, she had made her life her way.
Now another life is beckoning to Missy – if she’s brave enough…
'Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting. Reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance. I loved it' Nina Stibbe, Reasons to be Cheerful
'A touching, deftly written debut that celebrates community and kindness' Sunday Times
'A thought-provoking, uplifting read that is far from predictable' The Independent
'Tender, funny and thoughtful... wholeheartedly celebrates second chances and the power of friendship' Daily Express
'Moving and optimistic... will delight readers right up to the very last page' Stylist
'A beautiful story about love, loss, guilt and the power of friendship' Jill Mansell, Maybe This Time
'The most beautiful and moving book I've read in a long time' Emma Flint, Little Deaths
'A story of friendship and having a second chance at life - one to savour' Woman & Home
'[A] glorious debut... simply stunning' Woman's Weekly
'A generous-hearted story showing the transformative power of friendship and community... fabulously enjoyable' Sarah Haywood, The Cactus
'A heartwarming tale of sacrifice, courage and reward - a hymn to the power of basic human kindness' Rosie Walsh, The Man Who Didn't Call
'A soulful, refreshing and tender book, written with grace, humour and empathy' Stephanie Butland, Lost for Words
'Moving but not sentimental... [a character] as complex, frustrating, vulnerable and surprising as any I've met in print' Eleanor Wasserberg, Foxlowe
'A truly uplifting 'coming-of-old novel with a subtle twist' Saga
'A heartfelt reminder of the affirmative joy of being kind to others, and to yourself' Piers Torday, The Lost Magician
'Exquisitely written and uplifting... A book to hold close when you've finished' Katy Regan, Little Big Love
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers UK
|Publication date:||4th March 2021|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Book Club Recommendations, Debuts, Family Drama, Feel-Good Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction,|
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 ...More About Beth Morrey