Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House” as Want to Read:
The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House

by
3.75  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they'll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.

When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.

Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate t
...more
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by Notting Hill Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.75  · 
Rating details
 ·  182 ratings  ·  55 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Whispering Stories
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

Twenty-eight-years-old Phoebe Stockton works as a chef at a ladies care home in Framlington, Suffolk. She is a qualified chef who used to work in a restaurant until it burnt down (no fault of hers).

The care home has been struggling financially so owner Max has an idea to raise some money, move his father Terrence in and sell his cottage. This news doesn’t go down well with the ladies, especially as Terrence is well-known to them and is always u
...more
Amy
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ahh chick lit is my first true love and it’s so nice to go back and read it from time to time! Bartlett is quickly becoming one of my go to authors to turn to when I need an uplifting read full of positivity and hope and her latest provided me with just what I was looking for. If you want a book that will make you forget about all the terrible things going on in the world for a few hours and leave you with a smile on your face then look no further, Bartlett has you covered.

I loved the premise of
...more
Agi
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-releases

Phoebe is a chef at all-female senior living home. She loves her job and she loves the home's residents, so when the new owner Max concocts a plan of opening its doors to male residents as well, together with her best friend June - and the women at home! - she decides to do something against it. She also works hard to make her parents proud of her, and there is also Nick - can there be a happy end for them?

Personally I had a problem with Phoebe. I just couldn't warm to her, and sadly it didn't c
...more
Nicola Clough
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed books by this author and thos ne didn't let me down at all it's well written and has warm characters and really makes you laugh as well so funny. It's only based around a few characters but they are all close friends and shows how they can pull themselves together. It's uplifting, funny, romantic and shows how a community can pull together and show their friendship.
Chef phoebe works in a senior living home and her mother passes away and she's always felt she let her mother
...more
Olga Miret
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light, feel-good read, for those who enjoy choral books full of larger-than-life characters. I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and thank Rosie Amber (check here if you would like to have your book reviewed) and the author for providing me an ARC copy of this novel, which I freely chose to review.
Sometimes it seems as if all the books and movies on offer are centred on young protagonists, and I’m not only talking about Young Adult books. However, recently there has bee
...more
booksofallkinds
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE NOT SO PERFECT PLAN TO SAVE FRIENDSHIP HOUSE by Lilly Bartlett is a heartwarming and enjoyable story that has something for everyone.

Phoebe has just lost her mum with whom she had a complicated relationship and she is worried about her dad who doesn't seem to be behaving the way that she would have expected. But at least she has a job that she loves as a chef in the ladies care home where she gets to work for her best friend, June, even if it means she sees Nick every day - the man she yearn
...more
Monica Mac
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phoebe is the chef at an aged care home for ladies, after working in a bistro which burned down. Her best friend is June, the Manager of the home, and she is good friends with the residents as well as Nick, the physical therapist.

Phoebe grew up with parents who were high-flyers and her mother in particular expressed her disappointment with Phoebe, time and again, whilst praising her brother. Her father wasn't much better. As I grew up with a mother who was very, very similar to this, including
...more
Samantha March
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This fun chick lit book is filled with quirky characters, plenty of laughs, and a lot of feel good moments. I loved the introduction to the book and our first peek into Phoebe’s life, and she was a very likeable and also relatable character to follow. Her love life is a bit of a disaster most of the way through the book, but fun to follow the twists and turns that get thrown at her. The Friendship House was a sweet setting, and the residents all brought a little something to the plot. I thought ...more
Kathleen Gray
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phoebe finds herself stuck in the middle. Her mom's just died, things aren't working out with her love interest Nick, and now the retirement home where she works is in total upheaval over a plan to bring in male residents. The charm of this light read is in the characters, especially the older women, who have distinct and strong personalities. Laney, Dot, and Maggie will remind you of people you know. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good end of summer read.
Deanna
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I love fun cozy enlightening reads. This book especially had a special meaning for me. In the book Phoebe loses her mom and it dealt with the feelings and emotions of her loss. My mom was just diagnosed with cancer and I have been reacting to the same scenarios she is discussing. My mom and I have a similar relationship as Phoebe and her mom. It was nice to hear and read how Pheobe dealt with the loss of her mom. This was only a minor sub plot to the story. I loved th ...more
Marie
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To read full review here mariesbookboutique.wordpress.com/2018...

I'm a massive fan of all her book's so was extremely excited to see what her next story is all about.
Let's get into the cover (as you know I love that bit!). I have to say I like the UK's front cover rather than the US cover! This one feel's more prettier, with the silhouette of a house coloured in a turquoise colour, in the top left of the house is a mug of a hot drink surrounded by pretty flowers, and in the right bottom of the h
...more
Bonnie
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's not often that I come across a book where the leading characters of aged folks plays prominently in the story. Several of the characters are a hoot, and I loved some of the bantering that took place. I thought that this book was a delightful read with some humor, romance, love, and forgiveness. Comfort read at its best. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to see more of these staff and occupants of this happy place. I was given an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
Tonya
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Review coming!
Olga Miret
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and thank Rosie Amber (check here if you would like to have your book reviewed) and the author for providing me an ARC copy of this novel, which I freely chose to review.
Sometimes it seems as if all the books and movies on offer are centred on young protagonists, and I’m not only talking about Young Adult books. However, recently there has been a move towards including older protagonists and subjects. I enjoyed the two Dutch books about
...more
Gemma
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Just look at the cover for The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House – it’s just so inviting that I could not pass it by…

We meet Phoebe at her mum’s funeral, with who she has had a slightly tricky relationship with over the years. She’s a chef working at an all female retirement home, where her best friend June is the manager, and it’s a job she absolutely loves.

Not only trying to come to terms with her feelings about her mum dying, she’s also recently messed up with her love interest and
...more
Jen
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
I sometimes forget how nice it is to have a little trip away from the dark world of crime. What I never forget is how much fun it is to spend that time immersed in a new book from Lilly Bartlett. If I am looking for something to bring a smile to my face, elicit a few of those often missing chuckles and generally make me feel a whole lot better, this is a brilliant place to go looking and her latest, The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House gave me all of that and a whole lot more.

In this
...more
Sally
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
From Goodreads: “The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House: A heartwarming, uplifting comedy about friendship, community and love. Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they'll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life. When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared. Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton ...more
Nicola Smith
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the setting of this book - The Jane Austen Happy Home for Ladies, sometimes known as Friendship House. Doesn't that sounds wonderful? It's a sort of retirement home for women of a variety of ages. Laney, Dot and Maggie are three of the ladies and I loved each one in different ways, particularly the prickly Maggie who probably undergoes the most change over the course of the book. The main character, however, is the very much younger Phoebe, the chef in charge of the restaurant at the hom ...more
Linda
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
☺ Chef Phoebe is enlisted in a battle of the sexes for retirement home domination!😯
August 31, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
👍4.5 stars
Wonderful range of idiosyncratic characters and warm fuzzies as a women's retirement home weathers drastic changes and their chef adjusts to life without her mum's constant critiques. Chef Phoebe, the main heroine, knows what she wants career-wise no matter how much her family belittles her choices. She's warm and loyal to her ladies at the retirement home but has a c
...more
Rachael
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a good Michele Gorman book and when I see she’s writing as Lily Bartlett, I am intrigued. Authors with Pen names can go one of two ways. In the books I read, I see them take on a different genre of writing or take it further than their real name. It’s always fun to see how it will play out when discovering a pen name of an author I follow. In this situation, Lilly did a fabulous job!

This book is the best chick lit and rom com I’ve read in a while. It’s got the sweet element again that I
...more
Jonita
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phoebe, a chef at a retirement home unlike what you would expect, has enough on her plate without anything needed to be added to it! Her overly critical mother has just died, leaving her dad a widower and a cause for concern for Phoebe, and her unrequited crush happens to work where she does and is always popping up unexpectedly! Add to this the fact that Phoebe's residents are very picky about what they eat and are very vocal about that fact, and it is just about all that Phoebe can do to get t ...more
Silvana
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phoebe works in the senior living house. There are living few senior women all of them have charm and power to spin around the reader who only could feel compassion reading about them and their community.

This book warms my heart, all those incredible women, and handsome Nick, and there is also the owner, the good Max.

The book starts with an unpleasant event, but the author cheering voice made me cross it easily.

Phoebe is that kind of character that can’t don’t like it. I like her sense of humor
...more
Jo Barton
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something about Lilly Bartlett's writing which warms my soul and no matter how tired or fed up I feel, the instant I start to read one of her delicious romantic comedies I am taken to a comforting warm place and get to meet some really lovely characters.

Phoebe is struggling to come to terms with her mother's recent death, and she is also worried about how her father is dealing with it all. At the same time, Phoebe is also coping with significant changes to Friendship House, a care home f
...more
Elizabeth Ray
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this cute book by Lily Bartlett. Phoebe is a chef for The Happy Home for Ladies, a retirement community. Her best friend, June, runs the place. Her long-time crush, Nick, is the physical therapist. Boss Max is all about the money. The book begins with a funeral- Phoebe’s mom died and she has complicated feelings about it. She feels like her mother was always critical of her and never proud.

One of the conflicts of the book is Phoebe’s relationship with Nick. They almost had something,
...more
Elaine
Who let the men in?

Seems strange to write this is a brilliant romantic comedy when it starts with a funeral, a heart attack and someone missing - but it really is! Get ready for great characters across the generations! Phoebe works as a chef in a retirement home for ladies but it is struggling financially so the owner decides to encourage male residents, too! Now don't think this is a home where people sit around all day, the residents are alert and ready to rebel when the first men arrive - cue
...more
Michele
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh this was a fun book to read! Phoebe's Mom--who kind of reminds me of my Mom--drives her crazy--always pushing--never seems quite satisfied with what Phoebe has accomplished. Even after her Mom dies--she is still haunting Phoebe (my Mom has threatened me that that is exactly what she will be doing!)--

Meanwhile Phoebe is the cook at a Home for Ladies and has a deathly crush on the, I guess you could call him, handyman--Nick. As in real life nothing goes as one would wish--for either Phoebe or h
...more
Emma
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for a review.

I have previously read and enjoyed books by this Author, and enjoyed them.
The cover and title of the book attracted me, and I was eager to read it.
Friendship house was set up by the Mother of Max, the manager. It was a home for women to live in in old age, be among friends and pay a reduced rate. Unfortunately as time passed, the home was losing money, so Max came up with an unpopular idea to save it, by introducing male reside
...more
B.R. Maycock
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to apologise to the author of this, as this is a book that slipped through the cracks in 2018 and I suddenly realised recently I had read but not reviewed.  This is the story of Phoebe, who is chef at Friendship house, a retirement house that is laden with fans. When it's decided to bring some men into the mix at a previous female residence, there is uproar. i have to admit I was trying to negotiate with some of the residents in my mind when I heard their issues, thinking 'but it could be ...more
Judy
This is a fun quick read about a senior residence for women, where the peace is broken when the new owner (son of the woman who founded it) decides to move men in too, starting with his father, who lived in a cottage behind the residence until the son decides to sell it for the income. The staff is young (20's to 30's) and take their jobs seriously. The older clientele are the more entertaining group. The primary character and narrator is Phoebe, the chef, who works hard to make tasty and nutrit ...more
Suzy Turner
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some of the very best books in this genre feature quirky characters and this was no exception. The only difference to many other chick lit novels, is that these characters were much older than you might normally expect. I absolutely loved that about this story and I'd love to see a spin off or two about these wonderful women.
As a huge lover of chick lit, this book fit perfectly into what I had imagined it would be. It is full of laughter, love and friendships. Exactly what the best chick lit boo
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Beirut
  • The Devil You Know (Demon Legacy #1)
  • Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres
  • Dance Lessons
  • Walk In Beauty (Rainsinger, #1)
  • High Maintenance
  • Something New
  • Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)
  • Mocked by Destiny (Mocked, #1)
  • This Is How You Pitch: How To Kick Ass In Your First Years of PR
  • Mercer Street (American Journey, #2)
  • Haiku for the Single Girl
  • The Spirit Mage (The Blackwood Saga, #2)
  • Wellesley Wives
  • The Hitwoman in a Pickle (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #17)
  • Broken Bits (DAG Team #1)
  • True Love Way
  • A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket
46 followers
Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

BE SURE NOT TO MISS LILLY'S NEXT BOOK. Sign up for the newsletter (only around 3 per year) ang get the chance to get her books on sale or even for
...more