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Veronica McCreedy is about to have the journey of a lifetime....

Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion by the sea. She loves a nice cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching a good wildlife documentary. And she’s never seen without her ruby-red lipstick.

Although these days, Veronica is rarely seen by anyone, because at 85, her days are spent mostly at home, alone.

She can be found either collecting litter from the beach (‘people who litter the countryside should be shot’), trying to locate her glasses (‘someone must have moved them’) or shouting instructions to her assistant, Eileen (‘Eileen, door!’).

Veronica doesn’t have family or friends nearby. Not that she knows about, anyway.... And she has no idea where she’s going to leave her considerable wealth when she dies.

But today...today, Veronica is going to make a decision that will change all of this.

©2020 Hazel Prior (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Beautiful!

Loved this book from start to finish, loved the writing, loved the narration, loved the characters and loved the story. This is the only book I have ever enjoyed reading over again within a few weeks, and I hope to hear more of Hazel Prior on Audible soon.

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Charming, beautiful and uplifting

Mrs McCreedy, aged 85, lives alone in Scotland with her helper visiting. She is what is often described as “a character”. Her thoughts turn to who or what to leave her considerable wealth to when she dies, as a result of which her life changes in so many ways, including meeting penguins. This is a wonderful heart-lifting story about Veronica McCreedy, the people she meets and, of course, penguins. Through her quest for a worthy recipient of her monies, we learn about Veronica’s life, and what has shaped her. It took me a few chapters to get into, but after that the variety of characters came alive and I was charmed, and amused, by this gentle, but interesting story. I listed to the audio version and the various narrators sound exactly as you would expect the characters to be. Fantastic! 5*s from me, because the characters and story were interesting and the story beautiful. Also I learnt a little about Adélie penguins. I enjoyed the book so much that this morning I have been looking into holidays to visit the Adélie penguins – not to be, but I enjoyed the dream!

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Refreshing

I absolutely loved this story and the great readers so sorry it ended totally joyous

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Gentle feel good story

I loved this story. Although at first I thought I knew how the story would unfold it actually surprised me quite often. I loved the penguins and Veronica was an interesting character. I hated coming to the end of the story.

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Wonderful

I totally loved this endearing story. The narration was very good especially Nicolette McKenzie she really brought Veronica’s quirky personality to life.

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Heartwarming

My favourite book of this year without a doubt! Narration was excellent! Story was so gripping - a heartwarming tale

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Charming story

Pleasingly unlikely story. Enjoyable, I recommend it for those who like a good story with no nasty surprises but a few twists to keep you interested.

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An uplifting and inspirational story.

I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I was struggling taking breaks because I was so gripped on the storyline