The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

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Beth Morrey

GP Putnam’s Sons

April 7, 2020

352 Pages


Missy Carmichael is 79-years old and lonely as can be. Her two grown children are off on their own, living their lives—but Missy rarely sees them (and isn’t even speaking to her daughter after the last big fight they had…). She doesn’t have much contact with people until she meets some new friends at her local park. From there, she finds herself having new adventures with them as they push her to broaden her horizons and believe that she has a whole lot more life to live.


This is a sweet book, but it’s slow. A lot of the British slang and references threw me off at first, but I eventually got the hang of it. Missy is a fine character—she’s sympathetic and interesting, but I could have done with a lot more…something. Maybe deeper supporting characters? More interaction with Missy’s kids? A quicker-moving plot? The book just needed a kick in the pants. As is, it really dragged for me. I found myself putting it down every few pages because I simply wasn’t that interested in knowing what happened next. It wasn’t until the end when I really felt invested at all.

It’s a well-written story with some clever moments, but it moved at a glacial pace. I like the bones of the book—and the ending, too—but I wish author Beth Morrey had gotten us there faster.

Big thank you to GP Putnam’s Sons for the ARC.

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2 thoughts

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this title Lorilin. I have it loaded on my Kindle for review and look forward to reading it. Despite living in Canada, I’m quite comfortable with British slang (British mother and decades of watching ‘Coronation Street’) so that won’t be an issue for me.


    1. I’m guessing the story will go a lot more quickly for you without having to pause to look up what certain phrases mean every so often. πŸ˜‚ Hope you enjoy it! πŸ˜ƒ


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