We’re back at the Brookside Retirement Community (nicknamed “Babbling Brook”) with our beloved cast of characters, including Josephine, Lillian, Devi, Mac, and Edna, our ex-thief. There’s also Lisa (Mac’s ex-wife), Norman, and Philippa and her husband, Richard. And there’s Myrtle. Holy stars! Did we try to forget her? Finally, there are the newborn twins. Oops. Hey, did I leave out the parrot? The parrot is back too. This entire cast of characters is from Books One and Two, which, if you’re rusty on details, you can refresh your memory with author Ann Warner’s excellent summaries prior to Chapter 1 of Book Three.
In Chapter 1, we meet a new person who is a new resident, Charlotte, who prefers the nickname Lottie. Lottie has a youthful appearance and pursues every male she comes in contact with. All of our resident females take an instant dislike to her. Why? Is there any reason, other than their overactive imaginations, to be incessantly suspicious of Lottie?
If you’re expecting more of the same of what you saw in Books One and Two, well, you’re in for a surprise. By the time you’re two thirds of the way through Book Three, you’re into a nail biter, and you’d better have an hour or two to finish the book so you can know if the clever Lottie is playing with everyone, feeding their paranoia for the fun of it, or if she actually does have a skeleton or two in her many closets of expensive clothing.
Will there be more naked poker in Book Three? Of course! The stories will be better than ever.
While all these naked poker games are going on, let’s not forget about Devi and Mac and the twins, Lily and Toby. Lisa, Mac’s ex-wife, is incessantly roping Devi and Mac into caring for the twins, and Devi and Mac are becoming attached. Then Lisa announces that she’s moving away with her new boyfriend and she’s taking the twins with her.
There’s lots to be resolved in Book Three, and it’s a sure thing that not everyone is going to emerge from this story with a happy ending. But let’s give all the happy endings we can. I’m going to add one here:
My imagined final chapter of Book Three is from the parrot’s point of view. The parrot complains to the director, and the director moves the parrot to her office. Not long thereafter, the parrot’s outrageous behaviors and incessant speech drive the director from her office, and the parrot takes over the office. The parrot, believing she is the new director, starts answering to the name “Director” and improves her behaviors after she starts receiving what she considers proper deference from both staff and residents and regular visits from a local volunteer parrot rehab specialist. And yes, there is such a thing as a parrot rehab specialist.
Even without this final chapter, I’m certain you’ll enjoy this terrific read from the delightful imagination of Ann Warner.
Note: Ann Warner sent me an advance copy of this book and asked me to post a review.