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    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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    • M
    • 09/10/2018

    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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    • Kindle Customer
    • 28/06/2020

    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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    • Deborah Reback
    • 29/03/2019

    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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    • Andrea
    • 09/12/2020

    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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    • Anita
    • 16/12/2018

    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.)