Published by: HarperCollins
Date released: 04/03/2021
Date read: 22/03/2021
The world has changed around Missy Carmichael. At seventy-nine, she’s estranged from her daughter, her son and only grandson live across the world in Australia, and her great love is gone. Missy spends her days with a sip of sherry, scrubbing the kitchen in her big empty house and reliving her past – though it’s her mistakes, and secrets, that she allows to shine brightest. The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give.
*CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS*
Saving Missy follows lonely, stubborn 79-year-old Missy Carmichael as she wonders if she’s too old to deserve a second chance. Her son has moved his family to Australia, her daughter no longer speaks to her, and her beloved husband is succumbing to a horrible illness, leaving her rattling alone in her large house.
On an impromptu trip to the local park, she meets Sylvia, Angela and Otis who put the wheels in motion that will eventually change her life and put the love and laughter back into a life that hasn’t seen any for a while.
Beth has managed to write such convincing characters in convincing situations with such warmth and heart. At the very soul of it, this book is about finding new friends, finding hope and finding your purpose when you are at the winter of your life. It’s about never accepting you are too old for anything. You are never too old for a second chance of life.
It is a truly magically heartwarming novel that won’t fail to make you smile when you get to the end, but frown when you realise you’re at the end of Missy’s story.