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The Golden Oldies Guesthouse: The perfect feel good novel about second chances!

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  26 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 Simon Sparrow may have a few more grey hairs and wrinkles than they used to, but that doesn’t stop them being swept up in a whirlwin
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Published August 27th 2019 by Bookouture
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Tess, Orla and Simon are back, YAYYYYY (although got to say this can easily be read as a stand alone)
We re join them as Tess and Simon are on holiday in Cornwall and discover a wonderful house with stunning views of the Atlantic
They cant afford it of course
They could never leave London of course
They couldn’t possibly renovate it of course
They do all 3!!! Tess reluctantly leaving life long friend Orla working in their oversized ladies dress shop and with her lorry driver lover!!
Then ensues a hila
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Even though this is a follow on from one of the authors previous novels, the story reads easily as a standalone as we get to see Tess and Simon on a new adventure with lots of new characters.

I think I fell in love with the house that both Simon and Tess set their hearts on as soon as they see it. It did remind me slightly of the film, The Money Pit, as the house is in need of some restoration but again like the characters, I could see past the sorry state that it was currently in and the transfo
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This is a new author for me, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading a lot more of her books. I found this story to be full of laughter, sass, tender moments, and life lessons that everyone can benefit from. The Golden Oldies Guesthouse is a warm and romantic, yet witty read. Author, Dee MacDonald manages to touch on important topics without delivering a heavy story-line. Being set in a small town in coastal England certainly added extra appeal and charm to the novel. The characters are very
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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tess and Simon Sparrow are in their sixties and have recently gotten married. When they discover a hotel in Cornwall, despite the fact that it is falling apart at its seams, they both fall in love. They uproot their lives, sell their home and start over. This includes myriads of changes and repairs in their immediate future.

The renovation is rich with problems - but both Tess and Simon know that it will prove valuable beyond belief when it is completed. With very little plumb
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We first meet Tess and Simon Sparrow on their honeymoon in Cornwall. When they set eyes upon a large clifftop house, they both fall in love with it. With retirement looming, Tess and Simon decide to take a huge leap of faith. They buy the property with a view to open a guesthouse which they will run together.

Once in Cornwall, they discover that it will take much more than a lick of paint for their dream to become a reality. With finances running out, ceilings falling down and no heating, their m
We last saw Tess at her daughter’s wedding : where she meets Simon the on-again-off-again actor with a mellifluous voice and charm enough for three. After a bit of a whirlwind courtship and marriage, and remodeling a London flat, the two are on a ‘getaway’ to Simon’s childhood vacation spot in Cornwall. Planning just a ‘fisherman’s cottage’ getaway, the two are soon looking at property that overlooks the town and ocean, the Over and Above it’s called. Soon they’ve sold the London flat, with plan ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author’s books are always so good. She treats you to a very nice mixture of love and laughter and they are always heartwarming but sometimes a little bit of sadness creeps in as well. This time she also scattered a bit of suspense over the whole.

People often say that you have to grab your chances when you are young, but why can’t you make a u-turn when you are more mature? It’s not because you are over 50 that you should not make changes anymore. In every stage of your life you should try t
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got into this book right from the very beginning. I loved that the main characters (Simon and Tess) were older and trying to find their “second life.” There seriously are not enough books with that theme – there is life after 40 (and even 50)! I liked how the story was in three parts: the first was the set-up, part two was the introduction of the renters and the third dealt with all of the relationships and events at The Sparrows’ Nest. It was like reading a play in three acts with delightful ...more
Trina (aNovelReader)
If you're a fan a Maeve Binchy, you'll definitely enjoy this cast of characters that meet via their stay at a newly converted Bed & Breakfast. I'd say the first half of the story focuses on Simon and Tess Sparrow. Just married and in their golden years they take a year renovating a costly home with amazing views of the ocean. In the second half, we are introduced to the elderly guests who come to stay at The Sparrow's Nest each with their secrets and reasons for staying in the remote country ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Dee's work for a little while now. I read the synopsis for 'The Golden Oldies Guesthouse' and it certainly sounded like the sort of read I needed at the moment. A fun, light hearted, funny sort of read. Oh my, this book certainly fulfilled all those criteria and then some. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Golden Oldies Guesthouse' but more about that in a bit.
I absolutely loved the cast of characters in this book. The two main characters are called Tess and Simon Sparrow. T
Jena Henry
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five golden stars for Dee MacDonald’s latest love song to everyone who wants to learn how to fly and live forever. I recommend that your read this book “dreckly.”

What happens when two mature romantics fall in love with a spectacular view and the pile of a house that comes along it? Well, in addition to those great views of the Atlantic Ocean, we readers also get to view the inner-workings of the captivating characters who spend time at the “Sparrows Nest.”

Tess and Simon Sparrow are in their sixt
We are back with Tess who we met in the previous book The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane. Whilst The Golden Oldies Guesthouse is a sequel, it can be read quite easily as a standalone book. Tess is now with Simon Sparrow following a whirlwind romance. Buying an old hotel as a retirement project, they both feel they may have bitten off more than they can chew with the crumbling building. Renting out rooms to generate some income, they end up meeting some wide-ranging characters who all have their own ...more
Claire Mc Partlin
I love a Dee MacDonald book, they're always so much fun, with this one being no exception. This book catches up with Tess from Dee's last book (The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane) and her new husband, sometime actor Simon.

Whilst on a holiday Tess and Simon come across a house for sale in Cornwall, with great views and great potential. After a bit of a discussion they decide to sell their London house and buy the Cornwall house and open it as a B&B. Of course there is loads of work to be done on
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sadly rather too true to life

The problem with this book is that it is too authentic. There are endless descriptions of all the detailed stages involved in restoring a large, neglected old house which inevitably costs a lot to do and involves dealing with tradesmen. I have read several real life accounts of this sort of thing, in a work of fiction, however, I expect something more than this. Something like a little imagination and a bit of excitement, intrigue, drama and even tragedy. The two ma
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not specifically billed as a sequel to “The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane”, since “The Golden Oldies Guesthouse” can be read as a standalone, it takes up about eighteen months after Tess and Simon Sparrow are married. While on vacation in the Cotswolds, the ever-adventurous Simon takes an old bumpy road and at the end is a glorious yet crumbling mansion. Called Over and Above due to its never-ending costs, which are over and above quoted repair bills, Tess and Simon toss all care to the win ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Oldies Guesthouse takes you into the lives of Tess and Simon Sparrow who stumble across an old, crumbling Victorian house during the delayed honeymoon to the countryside.=, and falls instantly in love with it. They then make a life-changing decision to sell their London house and transform the decaying building into a mini, extended-stay hotel.

This cute story was an okay read in my books. It would have been cuter if the author cut out a lot of the repair period of the house and delve
Monica Mac
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was a lovely, easy read of a book!

I really liked the characters of Tess and Simon Sparrow and the fact that they were prepared to renovate an old house (with a great view, of course!) when most people in their age bracket would be starting to look at retirement villages to settle into. Naturally enough, things don't always go to plan with the renovations and I loved the first Christmas that they had in the house. I also enjoyed the setting, Cornwall, and the way the locals did things,
Cozy Cat Reviews
This is such a fun read ! I highly recommend this book.. I have not read the first by the author but was easily introduced to the charcters and was able to get to know their story enough to follow along. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My opinion is my own..

I love stories where people re invent themselves and start new adventures especially later in life.
This is a wonderful story of two people doing just that. Simon and Tess move to Cornwall to start work on a
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. Really fast read as a wonderful set of character that you actually begin to car about and want to know more about. In actual fact I would love to see follow up books set at 'Sparrows Nest'
Simon and Tess are a mature couple both on a second marriage. Blissfully happy they holiday in Cornwall. While there they fall in love with a big old house called Over and Above.
Due to the cost of renovation they realise they will need an income so set about renting their four bedroo
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started to read this book before I realised it was a sequel to The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane. I had read the previous book but it works just as well as a standalone.

I actually enjoyed this one more than 'Silver ladies' This focuses on Tess, who with her new husband Simon, fall in love with a ramshackle old house with amazing sea views in Cornwall. Determined to make it into a guest house, they sell up & move. The first part deals with the renovation. Filled with various disasters & l
Kathleen Gray
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cornwall! Simon and Tess, a mature couple, impulsively buy a (let's face it- in really bad shape) hulking house in Cornwall and then realize that not only is renovation awful, they also need to bring in some money so they decide to rent out rooms. What a fun book this is! If you didn't read the first book where we met Tess, her friend Orla, and Simon, don't worry- this stands perfectly well on it's own. I found this to be a hoot in spots, especially with their escapades in trying to fix up Sparr ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, humour
Tess and Simon Sparrow find a cliffside house for sale in Cornwall and impulsively buy it. They hope to set up a guest house for long term visitors but renovations take so long Tess despairs they will ever be completed. Her son and wife and their two kids come for Christmas in the middle of the mess but the holidays pass well with lots of fun and food. When the spring arrives the house is ready for guests.

The chapters that follow are mostly about the guests and their reasons for travelling to s
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess and Simon Sparrow are in love! These two "golden oldies" were in their sixties when they met and fell madly in love! They decide to move from London to Cornwall, England. There they find an old dilapidated mansion that seems like the perfect place for them. The mansion boasts beautiful, cliff-side views but needed to be totally refurbished to become a respectable guesthouse! This delightful story is full of great characters and crazy situations! I found it to be engaging and full of heartfe ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review
First time reading this Author and thoroughly enjoyed this book
Its light it's funny ideal summer read will be reading more of this Author.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book! Totally entertaining!
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Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - warm funny caring - transported me back to Cornwall. I look forward to hearing more from The Sparrowd great book !!!!
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The Runaway Wife is Dee’s first (published) novel but in fact she wrote her very first book – at around seven years of age! This was a love story which she duly illustrated before sewing all the pages together up one side. Writing was what she ‘was good at’ in school and she won several essay competitions, but then life got in the way and she didn’t pick up a pen again until after retirement.

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