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Publisher's Summary

Joanna Nell's life-affirming debut is a moving, funny, heartwarming tale of love and community in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Grace and Frankie.

The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. Following a very minor traffic accident, things have turned frosty with her grown-up children, and she is afraid they are trying to take away her independence. Noticing her memory isn't what it used to be, Peggy is taking ever more inventive steps to cover up her dwindling faculties.

The highlight of Peggy's day is watching her neighbour Brian head out for his morning swim. She dreams of inviting the handsome widower - treasurer of the Residents' Committee and one of the few eligible men in the village - to an intimate dinner. But why would an educated man like Brian, a chartered accountant no less, look twice at Peggy? As a woman of a certain age, she fears she has become invisible, even to men in their 80s.

But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn't seen in five decades - the glamorous fashionista Angie Valentine - sets Peggy on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

©2018 Joanna Nell (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

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  • 10-09-18

Fun

This was a fun book to listen to. It was sad sometimes, but mostly I feel it was about aging without losing your sense of humor

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A nice book to motivate oneself

So nicely read! And the plot fills one with hope - not with exuberance maybe, but with that steady hope that allows you to look calmly and positively at your future. There's a lot of inspiration in this book. It's not particularly full of novel ideas, but good for some light reading. Sometimes I got bored, but every time a new problem arose and I wanted to follow it together with the characters, who are all very convincing.

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Fun and uplifting

Loved the story of seniors having a blast!

I’m going to do it myself before it’s too late!

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ALMOST really good

This novel has lots of good moments -- the main character's spoonerisms are sometimes hilarious, and the juxtaposition of funny-old-lady-spoonerism with more serious flashbacks to her marriage give it a nice texture. But, finally, it becomes a little too sweet. The residents of the retirement village are not all well-drawn, IMHO. The narration is pretty good. I expected more local color, more "this is Australia," but there was very little of that. It's not bad, but it won't be one that I want to hear again and again. (Yes, I reread and relisten.)

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  • JJ
  • 06-20-21

Not for me.

I confess I did not finish this one. The characters seemed one dimensional and the “humour” such as it was, felt clumsy and unnatural. I likely won’t be reading any other books by this author.

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Very entertaining

Thoroughly enjoyed the characters. The feisty ones made me laugh. Portrayed the retirement home atmosphere accurately as well as all the issues a senior/pensioner deals with.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-19

Nice surprise

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village was a pleasure to listen to. It was interesting to listen to a story that wasn’t about teenage love or bringing up children. I really enjoyed it. It actually made me think about my future life, made me laugh at times and made me think about love and friendship.

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  • nelly dean
  • 01-13-19

One of the Best books I’ve listened to in an age . A close friend recommended it!

Loved and identified with every word . Especially about the photocalendar with the grandkids on it and not one pic of her with kids ! Also showed me how what I saw as control freak kids was their way of trying to keep her around longer . I see my own kids efforts in a different light now .

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  • Clare
  • 11-20-18

Was worth staying till the end

The story started somewhat slowly for me and I wanted to put the book down a few times. Whilst I enjoyed the story, I found the narrator a little on the high side for my liking and often found myself trying to get more depth into the voice.
I was glad I listened to the whole thing as it ended up finishing very nicely and wrapped itself up well.

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  • Linda
  • 10-18-18

Premium entertainment

A constant delight of situational comedy with a bit of exasperation thrown in for some balance. Sheer escapism at its finest

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  • stephen
  • 04-19-19

Hmmm

Must admit I almost returned this book after 3 chapters but decided to plow on. It wasn't a bad read, certainly relatable when I remembered my own mothers demise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-19

A must listen for all ages

I'm in my 30's and loved this story (and narration). It was funny, moving and the characters have stayed with me long after listening.

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  • petunis
  • 09-30-19

Very amusng and poignant and oh so true. Hated having to finish the adventures of the ladies. and gentlemen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-19

continence review

loved it, as a continence nurse, disappointed she never went to see her lol 😊

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  • janne gordon
  • 03-21-21

Another great read.

Really enjoying Joanna Nell’s stories. Loved the Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home and this one was just as good. I found the narrator a tiny bit slow but once I put speed up to 1.1 she was great and really bonded with her.
The positive messages from these books re ageing are fabulous

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-20

Most Enjoyable.

I really enjoyed the story & the presentation from the reader.
The true to life twists & turns made it very interesting.