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The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  45 reviews
For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, a life-affirming, deeply moving "coming-of-old" story, a celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary through friendship, family, and the power of forgiving yourself--at any age.

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Woman meets dog...

The world has changed around Missy Carm
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Collin
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missy opens her morning paper and immediately flips to the obituaries. David Bowie has died.

“At my age, reading obituaries is a generational hazard, contemporaries dropping off, one by one; each announcement an empty chamber in my own little revolver. For a while I tried to turn a blind eye, as if ignoring death could somehow fob it off. But people kept dying and other people kept writing about it, and some perverse imp obliged me to keep up to date.”

Missy had finally made her mind up/>“At
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I have received an ARC copy of Saving Missy by the team at LoveReading UK.
Publishing date: Spring 2020.
Eloise
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreakingly and heartwarmingly wonderful this is a truly resonant story about love, friendship, memory, sacrifice and the aching sadness of loneliness. I devoured this book, savouring every morsel of the beautiful prose and emotionally resonant story. As the story of Missy Carmichael unfolds, alternating smoothly between past and present, an ever more complex and emotionally nuanced portrait of the titular Missy is revealed. She is a spiky, closed-off heroine, at times, like Eleanor Oliphant ...more
Latkins
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a moving debut novel about the life of Londoner Millicent (aka Missy) Carmichael, who is in her late 70s. Beginning in 2016, it takes us over more than year as Missy navigates her way through loneliness by making new friends and, crucially, acquiring a borrowed dog, Bobby. As she does so, she looks back at her life, from the death of her father during the war, to her time at Newnham College, Cambridge, to her marriage to Leo and her devotion to bringing up her two children, Melanie and A ...more
Eloise
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreakingly and heartwarmingly wonderful this is a truly resonant story about love, friendship, memory, sacrifice and the aching sadness of loneliness. I devoured this book, savouring every morsel of the beautiful prose and emotionally resonant story. As the story of Missy Carmichael unfolds, alternating smoothly between past and present, an ever more complex and emotionally nuanced portrait of the titular Missy is revealed. She is a spiky, closed-off heroine, at times, like Eleanor Oliphant ...more
Jeanette Lewis
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this electronic ARC.

This is a delightful book, the demographics will mostly appeal to older readers, parents who have survived teenagers and young adults holding breath for the moment when they leave home! Ahh! the tranquility.

However, the thought of the empty nest is not a joyous one for the main character, Missy (Millicent) who is similar to those women who have given up all ideas of a care
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Hayley James
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This book is such a good read for someone who wants something a little 'chick lit' and not so serious but with enough emotion and angst to make it relatable and you wanting to read more.

It's heartbreaking in the right places and heart warming in others.
Written very poignantly and very relatable.

Missy has such a strong voice - there aren't many books that are written about elderly people and I think Beth Morrey got the voice and stylisation of Missy perfect. You can envision her in your head w
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James
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually go for books like this and certainly wouldn't have read it had I read the synopsis... BUT I enjoyed it thoroughly. Well-written and well-paced, I tore through this book in two or three sittings. It's clever, at times humorous,

More than the 'love story' they're billing it as, I really enjoyed how it touched on the immense fears and thoughts of a lonely older woman with nothing to do, and how those beliefs go ahead to shape what's deemed possible or not. Themes which apply to ever
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James
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually go for books like this and certainly wouldn't have read it had I read the synopsis... BUT I enjoyed it thoroughly. Well-written and well-paced, I tore through this book in two or three sittings. It's clever, at times humorous,

More than the 'love story' they're billing it as, I really enjoyed how it touched on the immense fears and thoughts of a lonely older woman with nothing to do, and how those beliefs go ahead to shape what's deemed possible or not. Themes which apply to ever
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Karyn
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millicent Carmichael or ‘Missy’ is a lonely old lady who lives by herself in a ‘time warp’ of a house. Her husband Leo has passed away; her son Alistair and much loved grandson Arthur, live across the world in Australia and she rarely sees her estranged daughter Melanie.
Missy is so lonely she doesn’t quite know how to escape the situation or how to make friends. She only ventures out of her house in the hope she sees something different that she can write to Alistair about.
Missy while out wal
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Di
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-total
I received this book to review as part of the Better Reading team and I'm so glad I got an advanced copy. Missy is a 70+ lady dealing not only with living in an empty nest, but also the sadness that comes with memories, regrets, loneliness and guilt. There are many moments I’m sure readers can relate to. In amongst all these emotions and at the age of 79 Missy finds friendship, love, acceptance and the art of ‘letting go’. I truly fell in love with this book and with most of its characters espec ...more
Ruth
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning story about Missy and her struggle with loneliness. It reminded me of an older Eleanor Oliphant, someone who is cut off from society and gradually begins to let people into their life. Missy’s story is beautifully structured, she tells her tale in her own time and on her own terms and the reader is led artfully from past to present and back. You learn of her struggles and her achievements, her heartbreak at her son’s choice to live in Australia, her fraught relationship with h ...more
Sally Tyrer
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful emotive read!
Missy is an elderly lady,lonely, missing her husband, children and grandson whilst rattling around in an empty huge townhouse with no purpose in her life!
All this changes fortunately with the arrival of new friends met whilst out in the park one day!
The gift of friendship and company is truely life changing for missy, the greatest gift of all is being bestowed a dog bobby to look after, Bobby gives missy a reason to get up and get out each day and
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Felicity Akins
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I was lucky enough to be given this book as an advanced read from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. There seems to be a number of books out at the moment where the main character is an older woman, which I think is wonderful! We’re able to look back on their lives and the mistakes they’ve made and are able to somewhat understand why they did what they did. The other characters in the book are wonderful inclusions and have their own stories playing out throughout the book. The addition ...more
Rosalind
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Missy is Millicent Carmichael, a 79 year old woman rattling around on her own in the family home. Her son has moved to Australia, where his wife is from and her daughter lives in Cambridge.
For something to do Missy goes to see the fish been electrically shocked in a local pond so they can be moved. While she is there she blacks out and starts the chain of some unlikely, but rewarding friendships.
This must ring so true for many women who give up their careers to have a family and then
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Melissa Tovgaard
When I saw this book was a must for fans of Eleanor Oliphant I grabbed it straight away.  

We are introduced to Millicent Carmichael and her lonely life.. a series of coincidences and bravery on Missy's part sees her life change direction in a way she would never have anticipated.

The characters she meets along this journey jump off the page, they are vivid and well written.   There is a bit of mystery and suspense and heartache.  

You know when you read a book a
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Melissa Tovgaard
When I saw this book was a must for fans of Eleanor Oliphant I grabbed it straight away.  

We are introduced to Millicent Carmichael and her lonely life.. a series of coincidences and bravery on Missy's part sees her life change direction in a way she would never have anticipated.

The characters she meets along this journey jump off the page, they are vivid and well written.   There is a bit of mystery and suspense and heartache.  

You know when you read a book a
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Dominique Wilson
I'm of two minds about this book. On the one hand it's a charming and heart-warming story about the loneliness of old age and the importance of friendship. The concept is well developed, the characters believable, interesting, and their relationships complex. The writing is beautiful and well-paced, and provides both humour and poignancy. However, I felt an uneasiness while reading this book. I appreciate that Missy is meant to be, at times, unlikeable – and this is one of the strength of this n ...more
Virginia
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"So here we were: the old biddy, the single mother, the superhero and the adopted mongrel, on our way to see my daughter marry her girlfriend"
This quote from the book captures perfectly what this book is about.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really felt for Missy! Given that a lot of us are no longer surrounded by our family I feel that this book addressed some of the challenges of ageing in the future. It was wonderful to see the community coming together in this book to help Mis
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Rebekah
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Come along with Missy Carmichael as she navigates grief, friendship, and acceptance in this story kindly provided to me by Net Galley.

Appealing to an older reader, this is a story about a woman who gave up her dreams to become a housewife raising children and lost herself over the years.

I tend to avoid these more morbid sounding stories and at first I was a little sceptical, convinced that I would end up reading the story consisting of the inner thoughts of a depressed grandmother b
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Cassie Holland
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missy realises how much her life has closed down as she reads an obituary of David Bowie. With no family around her she sets of on a local walk to jolly herself out of herself.
This book contains good insights into being alone, being single, being older and the effort that needs to be made to have a fuller life.
Missy is supposed to 79 years old. This works well at times, but at others she seems more like a 50 year old – it just jars a bit.

Overall an interesting insight int
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Sally Boocock
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Well, not many books make me cry but I certainly did reading this. A beautifully written story of love , dogs and secrets. Telling the story of Missy Carmichael it meanders it's way back and forth through Missy's life like a gentle stream through a meadow. It has laugh out loud moments and sob your heart out ones too. If you loved Eleanor Oliphant I guarantee you will love Missy. Thank you Harper Collins for the privilege of being able to read it early.
Jillian Doherty
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely for fans of uncharacteristically happy stories, told through refreshing perspective~ (like Eleanor Oliphant, and The Book of Polly :)

Missy Carmichael is an enchanting heroine of our time!

Reading this is one of those luxurious treats that we don’t give ourselves, as often as we should.
I also found myself spontaneously bursting into tears toward the end – another sign of a good book!

Galley borrowed from the publisher.
Hanadi
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: br-preview
Sweet and heartwarming, sad and heartbreaking.
A story about love and loss, hope and loneliness, and how friendship can move mountains when being with people is the last thing on your mind.
Beautifully written with great, relatable characters.
Fall in love with Missy as she tries to navigate through her loneliness in her senior years...bring the tissues.

Thanks to Better Reading and Harper Collins for a preview copy
Vivi Widodo
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story totally reminds me of a couple of points in life. Firstly, love your family but you still have to let them go at some stage as they'll have their own life. Secondly, there are still kind and nice people around us who will brighten our life.
It's a heartwarming story of friendship.
"People help other people"

Thanks to Better Reading AU for an advanced reading copy. Highly recommended book.
Alannah
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful everyday story is so comforting, knowing that there are people out there willing to help others! This book focusing on love, whether it be new love, learning to love, or the love of just “coming home”.

Looking forward to the authors other books in the future! I will recommend Saving Missy to all for a cosy, loveable read
Kathy
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deeply moving, charming, and filled with wit and empathy – you can read on every page the love and care that Morrey has for each of her characters and by the end you’ll love them too. Highly recommended.
Brittany (the.cozy.bee)
This book tugged at my heart strings in all the right ways, a beautiful story about the raw realities of life. This book really spoke to me and I found it heartwarming yet heartbreaking, a truly wonderful read.. have your tissues ready!
Kerry A
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. I completely loved this book.
Cheryl
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A beautiful story that surprised me with my emotional reaction. A story of kindness, change, and love.
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