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Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home.

Meet Josie, a desperate young woman who climbs through his window.

Together, theyre going to learn its never too lateor too earlyto change your ways.

For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, hes destined for the
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Berkley
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Miranda Reads
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Another Booktube video - this time all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 (so far) .

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"I'm offering my help because sometimes we need mending and sometimes we need somebody else to help us thread the needle."
Duffy Sinclaire, a gruff old man, living in Centennial assisted living facility with his roommate, Carl, is about to get a surprise of a lifetime.

Duffy is settled into his life, jokingly flirting with
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Angela M
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up .
My expectations for a lighter read fizzled almost from the start. While it was humorous at times, mostly I found it to be pretty sad with a focus on burdens that people carry - secrets that people quietly hold, fear of an elderly man over what the future holds for him if he doesnt mind his Ps & Qs, alcoholism and physical abuse. Duffy and Carl, best friends and roommates at an assisted living home, spend their days teasing Nora, one of the nurses and engaging with the
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Corina
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the BIGGEST expectations going into The Big Finish. They were HUGE. And with big expectations often comes disappointment.

So call me surprised when I read this book, and it blew my mind!!! The story was emotional, no doubt about that, I cried at the end, and I hate crying. But it was also meaningful, touching, thoughtful, and just heart-warming.

This book, a story about characters in an assisted living home, hooked me from beginning to end. Stories like this, charming and endearing, and
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Julie
The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey is a 2020 Berkley publication.

The Big Finish is a big -hearted story full of warmth and humor. Duffys tough exterior is put to the test when he realizes his best friends granddaughter, Josie is in serious trouble, fighting a demon hes all too familiar with. Determined to save her, Duffy rises to the occasion, with a little help from the residents of Centennial Assisted Living. Along the way Duffy learns its never too late to change or to start living life with
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*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
When I was a teenager working at my first part-time job in a 5 and dime store, I found myself gravitating towards the senior ladies who worked there. I found them much more interesting to talk to. Perhaps that's why I was drawn to this book. It centers upon a small group of elderly people that reside in an assisted living facility called Centennial.

An 88 year old chap named Duffy Sinclair is the main character and narrator of the story. He is a Vietnam Veteran and recovering alcoholic. He
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Kaceey
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
One of the saddest books Ive read in a long time...maybe ever.

I thought this was supposed to be a comical, heartwarming and uplifting story at least according to the blurb. But it was just impossible for me to get past the heart-breaking sadness and fragility of Duffy along with the other residents of the assisted living home.

It struck too close to home, taking me back to the time my own parents were in a similar facility.😢😢

My only joy came from a few of the supporting characters. Alice, Duffy
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Duffy lives in an assisted living home with his best friend and roommate, Carl. They go together like park benches and older men. They are happy in their predictable pattern, while the outside world continues on around them until Carls granddaughter tumbles through the window and wants to sleep on their park bench.

Duffy and Josie are an unlikely pair and they go together like skateboards and pathways. Josie comes crashing in with some baggage and Duffy starts to see his past self in Josie. He
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Berit☀️✨
The BIG FINISH is like a BIG HUG! An uplifting feel good book that will make you smile. Brooke Fosseys debut is packed with charm, wit, hope, and heart. Duffy is an 88 year old curmudgeon living in assisted living. Duffy lived hard and played harder, but now all he wants is to stay in his current residence of Centennial. Duffy has felt at home for the first time in his life and has made a true friend in his roommate Carl. When Josie Carls 22 year old granddaughter shows up with a black eye and ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I was a little scared of this book, even though its quoted as being humorous and delightful. I was worried the old curmudgeon in assisted living, Duffy, would be a lot like my dear dad. Im so grateful I read The Big Finish because its full of heart, even if it does hit close to home in some ways (and my dad isnt really that curmudgeonly!).

Duffy wants nothing more than to stay in assisted living and OUT of the unkempt nursing home down the street. At eighty-eight years old, he has
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Norma
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars! Huggable, affectionate, and a great-hearted read!

THE BIG FINISH by BROOKE FOSSEY is a lighthearted, endearing, moving, uplifting, and fun story that I immediately fell in love with. I couldnt get enough of the main characters in this book and absolutely loved the camaraderie and banter between them. I was smiling for the majority of the time I was reading this highly entertaining, delightful, and beautiful book.

Duffy is an elderly feisty curmudgeon that lives in an assisted living
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
What y'all doing?
I wrongread the hell outta this one.

Duffy and his bestie Carl live in an assisted living home and one day Carl's granddaughter Josie comes through the window.
They have to hide her because they aren't allowed houseguests. Then we find out Josie has some secrets.
I went into this book expecting some senior fun, plus I just like old folks.


All I got was bored.
The story takes place over a few days and good lort. I wanted to beat my head against the wall to make something happen.


I
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Jayme
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Breaking the rules is just a little bit fun

If this book were a movie, and published a decade (or two) ago, it would star Walter Matthau as Duffy and Jack Lemmon, as Carl. (Younger followers can google, The Odd Couple or Grumpy Old Men if you are unfamiliar with these two actors).

At least that is who I pictured the whole time!

Roommates at the Centennial Assisted Care Living facility, Duffy and Carl, have their well ordered life turned upside down, when misunderstood Minor, Josie,
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Theresa Alan
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duffy is an 88-year-old man who thinks of himself as a curmudgeonly sober alcoholic, though hes much more likeable than he thinks. Hes living with his roommate Carl in a nice old folks home, but he knows the owner would love nothing more for him to have any sort of medical emergency, even something as simple as a fall, so she can send him to die in a hellhole for old folks thats the stuff of his nightmares. If she gets rid of people who signed contracts before she bought the place, she can ...more
Patricia
Reading THE BIG FINISH was a lot of fun for me. When a young woman breaks into Duffys' room, the adventure begins! Duffy is an 88 year old man in an assisted loving home, and the young woman is Duffys' roommates granddaughter. This book is full of humor and inspiration to live large while we have the chance! I highly recommend this novel!
Katie B
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
My expectations might have been too high with this one. I normally love older, curmudgeon type characters and I thought because the setting for this one takes place in an assisted living center, this book would be right up my alley. I don't really have a list of criticisms about the book, it's more I just wasn't wowed by the story or characters. An okay read but not one I would put in the memorable category.

Duffy Sinclair is 80+ years old and lives with his roommate Carl at the Centennial
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Susanne  Strong
A Charming Novel about Family, Friendship, and Second Chances.

Life in the assisted living facility has always been fairly uneventful for Duffy and his best friend and roommate, Carl. Days are filled with meal-time, chats with residents and trips to Walmart.

Nothing exciting ever happens. That is until Carls granddaughter Josie breaks in.

Talk about surprising! The fact that Duffy had never even heard of her prior to her arrival makes it even more surprising. To make matters worse, the girl is
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Cindy Burnett
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5++

I just recently finished this wonderfully life-affirming tale of community, family, and resilience. This book gave me ALL the feels - I laughed, I cried, and I loved every second of it. Its such a fabulous read, and I havent stopped thinking about the story since I finished it last week. Duffy and Josie bond in a way that only those truly destined to be friends and leave an impact on each other long term can. In the vein of A Man Called Ove and The One-in-a-Million Boy, The Big Finish will
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Cheri

Duffy Sinclair is an 88 year old man living in an assisted living facility, Centennial, with Carl his roommate and best friend. They spend their days and nights together, and with the others residents occasionally gather for meals, and excursions to Wal-Mart, or facility gatherings. Duffy is a bit of a flirt, from the residents to the employees with the exception of the Centennials owner, who will use any excuse, or make one up, in order to be rid of the current residents, and to make more
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♥ Sandi ❣
4.5 stars Thank you to BookBrowse and Berkley for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes April 14, 2020.

What a funny, funny book. Has been some time since I have laughed out loud at a book. But this one did it.

A local nursing home, an old curmudgeon and his roommates granddaughter. These make for a cute, funny and heartfelt story. As Duffy and Josie come to an understanding, Duffy's room mate Carl and the rest of the group from the nursing home rally around to see to it that Josie
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Tucker
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I found The Big Finish to be an ideal read during these challenging and uncertain times. Brooke Fossey tells the story of two men who live in an assisted living facility. When the granddaughter of one of the men literally falls through the window into their room, their stable, predictable lives are turned totally upside down. Fossey writes compassionately and accurately about alcoholism, loneliness, and aging. But this is not a depressing or discouraging book because it is filled with great ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Who doesn't love a feisty old man that isn't afraid to raise eyebrows and speak his mind? Someone with a heart of gold under that rugged gruff exterior? I know I for one, find them hard to resist which was why when I read the synopsis for this, had no qualms about picking it up and diving right in.

This was such a fun, emotional, and very unexpected read for me. I truly had so much fun with it and enjoyed so much of it. The characters were so real and raw and the messages about love, friendship
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Fictionophile
Duffy Sinclair - 88 years old, a childless lifelong bachelor, intellectually sound, but has a few health issues. An ex-alcoholic, Duffy hasn't had a drink in years. He has abused his body his entire life, which has precluded him from having any worthwhile relationships.  Duffy's roommate at the nursing home is the best friend he has ever had.

Carl Upton - a 'good' man and a widower who despite being Duffy's best friend in the world, is keeping secrets from him.

Josie - Carl's granddaughter from an
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Brittany Lee {Healing Happy}
Cute but kinda sad is the best way I would describe THE BIG FINISH.

While this had laugh-out-loud funny bits, the plot was heavily overshadowed by alcoholism. I honor anyone who has gone through the detoxing process, I just didn't enjoy reading about it in such detail. (The physical symptoms of shaking, puking, moods swings, feenin' for the next drink, using others, etc.) They were spot on, bravo, but a little intense. Little glimmers of sweetness littered the story that were absolutely hilarious
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DeAnn
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-2020, 2020
4 quirky character stars

This (mostly) uplifting one has a great cast of characters who live together at Centennial Assisted Living. Its light-years better than the other place in town so you dont want to get kicked out.

Duffy is the self-proclaimed leader at Centennial, 88-years-young. He has developed a great friendship with his roommate Carl. Duffy also has a crush on sweet Alice and seeks her out at all the organized activities. Duffy and Carls world is turned upside down when they have a
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Darla
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Take two sometimes grumpy old men, a mysterious young woman with a secret, a hot chef, a toxic ex, two sassy nurses, and a supporting cast of assisted living folks. Stir in some unexpected action in and out of the assisted living home. Lurking in the background is a bean counter managing the home and making noises about "renovations." What do you get? Why, "The Big Finish," of course. I loved the snarky humor and heartfelt moments in this book. It is not all fun and games -- serious issues are ...more
Ann-Marie
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Big Finish" comes out in April 2020, and is a sweet spring read to watch for. It's funny, touching, life affirming, and makes you chuckle about what oldsters in assisted living communities can get up to with a little help from rambunctious, rule bending staff members and a rebellious, hell raising young runaway on a tear.
I enjoyed it, and the last line is one of the best I have read in a long time.

I received this book free from Berkley/Penguin Random House Publishers in exchange for an
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Kathryn in FL
I read this earlier this year and enjoyed it. I almost always write a review so when I was looking at the description, I realized I had read this already. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the manage to live a somewhat interesting life for being "stuck" in a home. Their antics and their interdynamics and their concerns all make the story work.
Frankly, I don't remember details much but while it doesn't shine in my memory (which is not so hot due to a traumatic brain injury, that
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Kristie Frazier
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Giveaways on Goodreads can be hit or miss, but the Big Finish is an original concept and profoundly moving story filled with real life characters with relatable problems. It also happens to be hysterical. From the very beginning of the book I alternated between laughing out loud, feeling deeply touched and tearing up. I was pleasantly surprised with the different directions the story went. And the ending...holy cow! This is the love child of Grumpy Old Men and The Art of ...more
Jo-Anne
With all the hype about this book, I was looking forward to reading it. I expected a cute, funny mystery with seniors investigating. Instead, it was 2 old men who acted out in very silly ways. I'm sure it got better but after the first couple of chapters, I wasn't investing in the story and didn't like the characters so I stopped reading it.
Paula
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookbrowse
It seems we have a new sub-genre of books featuring the social commingling of young people (often troubled young women) with octogenarians for an outcome that solves problems for both ends of the age spectrum, e.g. "The Story of Arthur Truluv" and "A Man Called Ove". This is the basic formula for "The Big Finish" by Brooke Fossey. I really wanted to like this book, especially since the first impressions made by the cover art looked like there would be a clever treat in store. But I just couldn't ...more
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Brooke Fossey was once an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance before she traded it all in for motherhood and writing. Shes a past president and an honorary lifetime member of DFW Writers' Workshop. Her work can be found in numerous publications, including Ruminate Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly. When shes not writing, you can find her in Dallas, Texas with her husband, four kids, and ...more

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