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Summary

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....

©2019 Beth Morrey (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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)

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Missy, does not miss out.


I note someone reviewed this book and said it was trying to be a Joanna Cannon or Emma Healey book in an Eleanor Oliphant style.

Firstly I would like to say that Emma Healeys Elizabeth is missing and Eleanor Oliphant are marvelous books dealing sensitively with Alzheimer’s and the autistic spectrum respectively.
Joanne Cannon I know has her fans but for me she is trying too hard to please the masses.

This book Saving Missy is so different than the above, it is about an elderly lady who is primarily lonely, her grown up children are getting on with their lives now. She gave up a promising career for her husband and children and yes I suppose she is a bit spikey around the edges.

What is different is that Missy reflects on her past which the book beautifully weaves back and forth over time and another story is told. Missy in her dotage réalisés she wants to be part of life again but feels she will just get in the way or bring little to others lives which is unfortunately what quite a few elderly people feel.

The book is full of warmth and looks frankly and humerously at our stereotypes of single mums, the elderly, lesbians,homosexuals and the misfits of society and how they are all part of a puzzle that would not be a whole community if they were not all in it.

The book is gentle and easy to listen to and full of charm.

Lastly the narration by Harriet Walker is exceptional, her breadth of voices male,female, young and old with various régional dialects is outstanding and took this book to a whole new level.

Thoroughly recommend.

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Beautiful, funny and touching! Brilliant narrator

Loved it! This book is so uplifting and big hearted, but not at all twee. The author handles old age and loneliness with such sensitivity and compassion, you can't help but fall in love with Missy - and see yourself in her.

However, what really makes this audiobook is the narrator. She is by far the best I've heard on Audible - her character voices were effortless, the acting was utterly convincing, and her sensitivity to the language was perfect every time. I wish I could give her a separate review because honestly, what a performance!

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Readable and enjoyable

An easy read. A little slow to start but improves. Some lovely characters and issues that will resonate with many women.

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Outstanding!

what an unexpected ending. the weaving back n fore in time done to perfection, and so much that resonated with me. now to read in hardback to take notes

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Promises much, delivers little

I can totally understand why this book has been touted as one to watch. It has all the ingredients of an Emma Healey or Joanna Canon novel, but unfortunately it falls far short of either of these two wonderful authors. The main problem is that, Missy the lead character, feels underwritten, her dark secret just isn’t that dark and the twist at the end is telegraphed miles ahead. Add in the menagerie of unrealistic characters ‘saving’ Missy and the entire thing just feels like a poor attempt to cash in on the whole ‘Eleanor Olyphant’/spikey character just needs love genre.

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Lovely story.

What a delightful story with lovely characters that kept me interested right through. If you want a thriller this is not it but it is really enjoyable story.

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Loved this book

Loved this book, lovely story, didn’t want it to finish, good narrator, excellent accents, recommend it, makes you laugh in places and cry in others with a twist at the end.

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Laugh, cry and be entertained

What a lovely story! I needed something entertaining and this made me laugh and cry in turns. Powerfully character led and wonderfully narrated. Am immediately going to listen again - already recommended to my book group.

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A delight from first to last pages

A charming debut novel..written with such insight into all the characters portrayed. The reading in the Audible version by Harriet Walter, is superb. Highly recommended.

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Not my usual genre.

Purchased on a whim after reading such good reviews. Excellently written and fabulously read by Harriet Walter. A superb combination.

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  • 23-09-21

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Simply a lovely book. Enjoyed it so much.. Sad it's over.. wish there could be more 😊

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  • 03-08-20

The old lady and the dog who tamed her

A thoroughly enjoyable “ read” - Missy is a lonely and crusty old woman who wears her sadness like a shield. Her story is told in the present and her past and you realize what has shaped her. It is through a dog Bobby that she meets friends and becomes part of a living group.