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Keeping Time: A Novel

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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  359 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Daisy Phillips is tired of being treated like an old lady. Sure, there was that incident with the lawn mower and the mud. And she did get trapped at the top of a ladder. But that doesn’t make her incapable of living on her own, as her son Dennis seems to think. Now Dennis is pushing her to sell the family home in Liverpool and move into a retirement community. To make matt ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Broadway Books (first published 2010)
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Trish
1 star/Fiction
Did not finish.

This sounded like such a good story and it got such high reviews here at GR that I was disappointed that no one mentioned that this book is written by a playwriter and reads as such. The sentences are so fragmented and disjointed that I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

Let me write the rest of my review with a taste of what you will find if you decide to attempt this book:

This is terrible, me saying. Really. Shared with family, laughing. Sigh, me. Toss book a
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Tatiana
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Keeping Time through First Reads. It is the story of seventy-seven year-old Daisy Phillips, a Liverpool native who fell in love with one Michael Baker, an American solider, during World War II. Their romance ended abruptly when he went back to the States and stopped communications, Daisy never getting an explanation why. Now, looking for closure, an escape from her son who is trying to sell her house and put her in a senior center, and armed with only Michael’ ...more
Lynne Spreen
I enjoyed this story so much that I read half the first night. I liked that the main character, Daisy, is an old woman, almost 80, and she's smart and determined. In fact, there are a half-dozen characters in this book who are over forty, and they're portrayed as smart and inventive. There are several related subplots going on at once, which makes the book much more interesting. The characters are well-developed; you can see them, and they're sympathetic and relatable. They have goals and fight ...more
Denise
Keeping Time is the story of Daisy, a sweet, plucky old lady trying to navigate the process of getting old gracefully. Her husband has passed away and one of her sons, Dennis, thinks she can't take care of herself and her beautiful old house and garden anymore. Of course there was the episode with the shower head she tried to fix and the one with the lawn mower in the mud....Desperately trying to prove that there is life in her yet Daisy goes jetting off to America hoping to find an old boyfrien ...more
Thomas Wilson
This was one of my Book Club Reads, translated that means this is not a book I would ever go pick off a shelf to read. I always love it when I am pleasantly surprised and drawn into a book that I wouldn't naturally choose. I am especially surprised with books like this that take me by surprise, draw me in, and hold my interest until the end.

As a writer myself I try to guess or think about how I would end a story and see if it measures up. I do say I had a different ending in mind but was pleasan
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Gwen
Apr 15, 2011 Gwen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages.
Wow! I fell in love with it when I started it. It was worth the one month wait to get it from the library. It is Stacey McGlynn's first book and it is a winner, at least in my book!! I could not put it down and read it in one day and a half. What surprises are in it I cannot tell you for I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. I will say it spans the ages and it should appeal to all age groups. We are all in there! Do sign up for it..........all libraries in my area have a wait list and I live in t ...more
Kay
Skimmable novel--most sentences start with gerunds, not a happy style. Pre-fab plot lines jangling together--British woman getting older, son (mostly greedy daughter-in-law) wants her to move to senior cottages; long lost boy friend in USA, so reconnecting with cousins there bring out old family secrets and deus ex machina swoops in to tie everything a pretty package. No depth. Don't mean to be snarky, but I was so disappointed.
Jenny
I really loved this book. The story was sweet, and I loved the characters. The author did a great job of revealing the characters personalities and thoughts without over-explaining; just a brief sentence here and there and you get the whole picture on your own. A unique story-telling style with a fast pace made this a quick and enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to her next novel.
Meredith
A satisfying - though ridiculously unlikely - conclusion; sympathetic and engaging characters. By turns comic and sweetly sentimental. I was thrown at first by the writing style but quickly became accustomed to it. Misleading cover. I would recommend to one of those women coming in looking for "just a good story".
John
Kept me hook right to the end. McGlynn is adept at putting the reader right in the midst of the frensied action when it occurs, like in the kitchen when the children, the husband, and the wife are all busy starting their day, work and school.
Kim
The story was quite good, but the writing style drove me nuts. It was written in the stream of consciousness mode which really isn't appealing to me. I prefer the use of action verbs and sentence structure please!
Ann
I am not sure how this book made it past an editor because it was written almost entirely in sentence fragments. The story premise was good, but it was so poorly written, it wasn't worth trying to get through it.
Glad Mcglynn
Originally I picked this up because the author shares my name. Then,I couldn't put this book down ! A delightful, quick read. Poignant, the characters became my friends. When's the next book coming out ?
Diane
While I thought the story had great promise, I felt the style in which it was written was not as smooth as it could have been. At times it read like a narrative but just seemed "jerky" throughout.
Butterflycager
I hope that when I get to be Daisy's age that I have her spirit and determination. I found this book delightful, and I would highly recommend it.
Tracy
A elderly woman from England travels to America to meet her family and try to search for an old beau. Somewhat Maeve Binchy-like.
Suzanne
I loved this book! It was my second free one from readitforward.com.
Katherine Rowland
I loved this book. I loved its gentleness, the selectively-omniscient point-of-view that allowed me inside some of the characters' heads. I loved the weaving of the stories of all these interconnected lives, and that the author was skillful in jumping between them so that I was never confused where I was or who I was reading about.

Is the plot a little contrived? Of course! Is the ending a little too good to be true? Yes. Is this great literature? Probably not. But it is endearing, charming, gen
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Brenda
I really liked this book. It kept me laughing some places as this lady worked so hard to prove to her son that she was still capable of living in her own home and taking care of herself. Her son's wife wants her to sell her house to go into a home so that she and her husband can benefit from the sale of the house, and the money they will come into when she is gone, early!
Daisy isn't about to take this lying down. She finds a watch that was given to her back before she married her husband by a ma
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Laura
This story is of Daisy Phillips an older women who dosn't want to be just an "old lady" to everyone, her friends and family included. The people closest to her in her life are the same people forcing her into making huge changes in her life. While a personal decision to travel to the United States brings about the biggest changes on all.


This novel has a quirky humor to it, and while it was a really quick, heart-warming story, i felt it moved a little slow and that there wasn't enough to really
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Joyce
I loved the book Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn. Although the writing style was a little rough, the plot more than makes up for it. The characters are wonderful and some of them seem to represent and embody a cliche---the harried middle aged career woman, the defiant teenager wearing his jeans low, the woman who just wants to shop, spend money and can't wait to get her money on her mother-in-law's inheritance, the middle-aged man giving up everything for a beautiful woman, the grandmother whose ...more
Maggie Bryan
I found this book to be a delightful read. The tale of Liverpool-born Daisy and her American cousins kept me turning the pages past my normal 'reading cut-off time'. Daisy lives in Liverpool where her oldest son is determined to sell her home and put her in a senior apartment. Daisy is not ready for this and when she finds a love token from a US soldier she knew during the war, she decides to use the return of it as an excuse to visit her long-lost cousins on Long Island. When she gets to New yo ...more
Amy
When the winter blahs set in there is nothing like a cup of tea and a heartwarming read; Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn is just perfect for the long, snowy days of winter. Meet Daisy Phillips, a sweet seventy-something, widowed mother of two sons, who is desperately trying to prove that she is capable of taking care of herself and her home. As Daisy is trying to convince herself that she can tackle a small home repair on her own she discovers a long forgotten box containing mementoes of her firs ...more
Becky
This book is a treasure to be read involving a generation we will most likely never see again. I fell in love with Daisy as soon as she decided to fix that shower head herself. I could totally identify with Elizabeth, who made me laugh out loud, and called my own husband "Dart Man" until the mystery was solved. It took a few chapters to get used to the writing style, but then it felt natural and the story flowed smoothly. Thank you Stacey McGlynn for writing a heartwarming gem I will enjoy for y ...more
Jan
I loved this book!!!

All of the characters needed one another in such interesting ways. Daisy is an elderly English woman whose son thinks she can't take care of herself anymore. To show him, and herself, she decides to go to America to find a long lost love. She stays with some relatives who live on Long Island. This family doesn't know it, but they need her desperately. Forgiveness, self-inspection, rescue, selflessness--all of these play an important part in this book. And of course, alls well
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Vivian
This book is an unbelievable read. It's a detailed journey of an incredible woman trying to reconnect with her family and a long lost love after many years. Each character adds to her journey in a very special and quirky way. You will truly fall in love with each and every character.

I enjoyed the writing style. It took me a few pages to get used to the fragmented sentences but then I was captured by the rhythm and uniqueness of the author's style which is so perfect for the story she tells.

Ther
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Thart2002
A heart warming story of Daisy, an old woman who travels to America in search of a long lost love or the family he left behind. Her trip enables her to meet American relatives she has never known. Daisy is such a warm hearted old woman her new found relatives can't help but grow to love her quickly.

This is an easy read, though the writing style is a bit choppy. My understanding is the author is also a playwright and thus the book has a short stucato rhythm that is a bit off-putting. The novel t
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Ilona
I loved this book!

It had an odd style. At first, I kept waiting for the author to switch from the "Noun, description", "Noun, verb phrase" pattern, which I found distracting, and which sounded, in my mind, stop-and-start jerky. I was waiting for her to move into more fluid sentences, but eventually I became accustomed to it and barely noticed. (And though this pattern continues throughout the book, it's not the only word pattern.)

But it was the plot that carried me, and my genuine enjoyment of D
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Jeanne
A 77-year-old woman travels to New York City to find the soldier she loved during WWII. She stays at the home of cousins she's never met and the family becomes involved in her search for the soldier. This book reminded me of Maeve Binchy in the types of characters and events that happen. I really liked the story and would have given the book 4 stars except for the author's irritating writing style, eg:

Daisy, feeling tired, wishes she could go to bed.

Not once in the entire book did the author use
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Christine
Daisy Phillips admits that she is an old lady, but she sure does not want to be treated like one. Before giving any consideration to her son’s suggestion that it may be time to move into a “retirement community” Daisy decides to look for her first love. A man who disappeared from her life during WWII and has not been heard from since. The only thing she has to help is an engraved pocket watch and her estranged and dysfunctional family halfway around the world.

Another absolutely charming book fro
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“I think as you get older you become more of who you always were. You become a more concentrated version of yourself. You really learn who you are, why you're unique, who you've always been [...] There's a winnowing away of nonessentials, sometimes essentials, it's true, but what remains is your core, your essence, the real 'you,' and you realize you're still you without what you've lost as long as you still have all your marbles--or most of them anyway.” 12 likes
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