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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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  • Milwaukee
  • 10-09-18

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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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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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  • Linda
  • 10-18-18

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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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  • 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.