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The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  556 ratings  ·  89 reviews
‘Dee MacDonald’s books are so heart-warming. They make you laugh-out-loud one minute, and then have you crying the next… they’re really emotional and tug at the heart strings but are fun, life-affirming reads!’ Stardust Book Reviews

Tess and Orla have been best friends throughout most of their adult lives. So when life gave them lemons and their loved ones let them down,
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Published April 24th 2019 by Bookouture
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dee MacDonald Rights delightful stories with engaging characters. This was a book that put a big smile on my face and swept me away into these characters lives. Tess and Orla we’re great characters and I enjoyed spending time with them. This was an upbeat heartwarming tale Full of heart and hope.

Tess and Orla are BFFs and own a dress shop for plus size women. Test the size she needs to make some changes before her daughter’s wedding including losing some weight and finding a date. Tess and Orla
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Hi, Dee Macdonald strikes again with this wonderful ‘ feel good’ book about Tess and Orla, 2 friends who for various reasons are now ‘ looking for love’.....they decide to join an online dating agency where ‘ a match is guaranteed’ within 6 meets or your money back and also gives them access to go on a Greek cruise with the online group
The 2 friends also run ‘ Curvaceous’ a bespoke ladies dress shop for the ‘ larger woman’ and they both also join a slimming club in readiness for meeting the men
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
2 friends Tess and Orla in their 60s having a dress making shop for plus sized women, soon get into losing weight and finding a man for themselves using an online dating portal.

The book started off sweet. But there was an underscore of women not accepting their bodies, which I didn't like.

The story had its cute scenes, but nothing which spoke of strength. I have liked author Dee MacDonald's previous 2 books where the main character was strong and her own person. In this, Tess came across as mor
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: April 2nd 2019

"These things usually happen when you aren't looking for them."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
What an entertaining and riveting read!

Tess was a character I took to straight away. I have to admit I was a little bit more wary about Orla as she seemed quite self obsessed but the more I got to know her, the more I grew to like her, even if at times she did make me roll my eyes with some of her remarks.

The dating agency that Tess and Orla join, well that was the real high light of this story for me. I couldn’t help but chuckle at Tess’s luck with her dates or should I say misfortune. They rea
The Cats’ Mother
This is definitely a case of false advertising: I was promised “A totally uplifting, heart-warming, hilarious page turner” by the blurb, but instead this was a boring romance in disguise, about a middle-aged woman’s obsession with losing weight and finding a man, and had it not been an ARC I would’ve given up by 20%.

Tess Templar, 62, makes bespoke outfits for larger ladies with her best friend Orla. Realising that she has gained a lot of weight herself since her husband ran off with a younger wo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
When I saw the title of this book, I thought it would be a fun, light read that ideally would make me laugh. I am sorry to say it wasn't so. This book is about an older, divorced woman, Tess, who is worried about how fat she's getting and how she might not have a date for her daughter's wedding so she and her friend sign up for a dating app.

Half the book is about how she mustn't eat all the food she's eating and how the woman who runs the sessions at the WW-like place where she goes tells her (
I received this one for review from Netgalley.

2/5 DNF


Tess and Orla are best friends in their 60s. They run a plus-sized ladies clothing boutique together and are preparing for a cruise around the Greek Islands. Tess is a widow who is looking for a new partner and Orla is always up for a good time. They have decided to join a weight-loss group and are both working on their new look.

I wanted to like this one so bad. I'm constantly looking for representation of older adults i
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you're looking for a humorous and honest read about the dating perils and pitfalls for older women, you will enjoy this book. The characters are older, divorced or widowed women who own their own seamstress shop for "larger women." They gives us hope that even in our older years, love can still be found, and if it isn't, that is ok, too. While there are a couple of serious moments, overall the story is light and entertaining and will have you laughing and cheering them on.

Thank you to NetGall
Jill Robbertze
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed every minute of this heart-warming, funny, silly story of two sixty-something year old single ladies looking for love by navigating the world of internet dating. I found myself laughing out load at their experiences. This is the ideal book to read when you are looking for a break from serious reading.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everytime I see the cover of this book, I start humming the Beatles song. So, thank God it’s not an audio review. LOL. I would not want to put you through this. 😉

What I like about this author’s books is that she puts the more mature people in the spotlight. These people often have been through a lot and might have let themselves go for a while. But it’s not because you are over 50, 60 or older, you are doomed to be alone for the rest of your life or you don’t want to look your best.

Can they be a
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane was such an enjoyable story about the pitfalls of dating and rediscovering yourself in your golden years. I could identify with the storyline of trying to lose weight and also find a suitable date for an upcoming family wedding. The dating site Tess and Orla join sent them on some hilarious dates!
The two also embark on a Greek Island Cruise together that was equally entertaining. I’ve always wanted to take a cruise and now I want to even more!
This book is for an
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

On the surface, this is a quick and fun read, although it doesn't go very deep. While I enjoyed it, it bothered me that Tess is portrayed as seeing the solution to all her problems in losing weight and finding a man (in that order). She does accomplish both, but not before realizing that she needs to put herself first sometimes - and that she lost weight for herself, because she feels good about herself. The “f
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane: An absolutely hilarious feel good novel by Dee MacDonald, is my first book by this author. I enjoyed this book, but I did not find it funny. Tess and Orla are best friends and partners in a dress making shop, and are looking for love. I like the finding herself of Tess's story, but did not enjoy other aspects of the book.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you.
Peggy Jaeger
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having reached a certain age myself, I wanted to read the SILVER LADIES OF PENNY LANE for some guidance in how to maneuver through the world of post menopausal romance.

The book did not disappoint.

The real heroine of the book is Tess. Ditched by a cheating husband and then loosing the man who came into her life next to cancer, she’s a 60-something women looking for love, companionship and someone to spend the rest of her life with. If you use her as a yardstick to senior dating, you just might no
Claire Mc Partlin
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another very enjoyable book from Dee MacDonald. I've read both her other books, which I loved, and so was really looking forward to this one too, and it was just as good. This is again about ladies in their 60s, and very funny, about the different dilemmas more mature single ladies have to deal with as they get older.

The story is about Tess and Orla, best friends who own a dress shop together. Tess is the seamstress and Orla keeps everything else on track. They are both ladies of a certain age w
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable cozy HEA romance featuring middle-aged, plus size ladies.

With Amber's upcoming wedding, mother of bride, Tess, will be standing beside her ex-husband, Gerry, and his younger, slimmer now wife Ursula.

A talented dressmaker who makes plus size clothing for clients of Curvaceous, Tess tackles weight-loss for herself with a weekly weigh-in group, dietary changes and walking to running every day.

Joining an older-adult dating service and going on a week long Greek cruise with the same gro
Misfits farm
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tess and Orla have been friends forever. Now in their sixties they together run ”Curvacious” a boutique specialising in clothes for the larger lady which they make and tailor themselves. Both are now single having lost one or more partners and Tess thinks that they should get back into dating before they are too old and whilst they can still enjoy themselves. This leads to signing up to a dating agency MMM. Included in the price is a discount on a cruise- so what’s not to go for? This is the sto ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Light-hearted and very entertaining, this is such a feel-good read!

Tess and Orla have both been unlucky in love; with their joint business venture the friends have moved forward with their lives, but both of them dream of having a bit of romance. With her daughter's wedding approaching, Tess despairs of the extra pounds she has gained and decides to do something about it. Orla's not so bothered about her weight gain, but persuades Tess to join her in a bit of internet dating .. and so the fun be
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane is a delightful story about two friends, Tess and Orla, who own a plus-sized dress shop for women. It was a light, quick read, and I enjoyed getting to know two women in their 60s who were ready for love and adventure. The book follows the women on their dating and dieting escapades, which are hilarious, disappointing and upsetting. The story was well written and fun beach read.

That being said, there were some serious flaws in the story. First, Tess’s date with A
Tess and Orla are “ladies of a certain age”, both in their early sixties, both overweight, and both have had lives that didn’t quite follow the paths they hoped for as children. Now living in the same neighborhood and co-owners of a shop that provides bespoke clothing for ‘heavier ladies’ the two friends are in a rut. A weekly luncheon date to an all you can eat restaurant, working in the shops and a general feeling of malaise has hit the two – and while Orla is decidedly determined to find a ne ...more
Franny Burd
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book in return for a fair and honest review.
If you're looking for a funny, honest novel about women of a certain age, this one's for you. Tess is 62, divorced, and is a seamstress at a boutique for large sized women called "Curvaceous" which she owns with her best friend. Tess's daughter is getting married, and Tess has let herself go; she desperately wants to lose weight before the wedding, and hopefully find a man to escort her. If it's true lov
Mrsk Stephen
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane by Dee MacDonald is a light novel that is out of step with today's world. Set in present time, in a small English town, the story line is flawed by a series of perspecives, starting with the title. The main characters, Tess and Orla, are in their early sixties,whic is not the demographic associated with the “silver set” of the title. The two ladies decide they need a man in order to have complete lives (such an antiquated premise) so join a diet club and a dating ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane by Dee MacDonald is a charming and absorbing feel good read.

This is the first book I have read that has seniors as protagonists in what we usually perceive as situations for younger generations and I found it fascinating that it is pretty much the same. Same questions, same worries, same laugh out load and cry situations.

Tess and Orla have been best friends forever, they have gone through divorce and death of partners together, through raising children and buildin
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-romcom
Following Tess on her journey of self development and love was a real joy. I really laughed out loud at the description of the Slim Chance slimming club because it was so accurate; and it goes to show we're all in the same boat, fictional or otherwise, with the intent to improve ourselves, for no-one but ourself.

Her story is inspirational in the fact that, you can do anything you want if you set your mind to it, no matter how old you are, where you are in life's journey and what has happened to
Monica Mac
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Tess and Orla are best friends in their early 60's, both single and both looking for a man. They run a clothing shop for the larger lady and the book is about their journey to find love (very rocky, to say the least) and their trip to the Greek islands.

I think the blurb has misrepresented this book because it is not hilarious or feelgood. Orla in particular seems quite catty towards Tess - I would not like my best friend to talk to me the way she does! Then there are the dates through the agency
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last thing I want to do is call this book a romance since there is so much more going on, yet the reader is left with a burgeoning question of “is happily ever after imaginable if you open yourself up to all possibilities”.

Tess and Orla, best friends and business partners, decide that they have had enough with their boring lives and after looking into a mirror at their less than svelte figures, decide on two things. Joining a weight-loss club and an online dating service for those over 50.

Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
First, thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read an e-galley of this book.

Tess and Orla have been best friends for many years. They are partners in a boutique where Orla does sales and Tess creates custom garments for plus-size ladies. They created this company out of necessity. Tess's husband left her for a younger woman, and Orla's husband passed away.

They are both in their early 60's, and decide there is more to life, and look into online dating services. Things don't go so well for
Lisa B.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tess and Orla are both in their 60s. They own a small clothing store where Tess make clothes for women on the larger size. Both of them are single and a bit overweight themselves. Tess's daughter is going to get married and Tess is determined to lose weight and find a date for the wedding. She and Orla join an online dating service and a weight loss group. Let the fun begin!

This was absolutely delightful. Poor Tess just cannot catch a break on the dating front. Just when you think she could not
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Orla & Tess have been friends for years. They run a boutique/dressmaking service for the 'larger lady'. Both in their sixties & well padded they lament that they lament that their love lives seem to be a thing of the past. Tess has her daughter's wedding in a few months. She wants to look good with a handsome escort for complete with her ex's younger model. Orla just wants a bit of fun so they both join a dating agency & a slimming club. The club promises a match after six dates or your money ba ...more
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