SAVING MISSY BY BETH MORREY – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS ON 6th FEBRUARY 2020

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A dazzling debut for 2020 – are you ready to meet Missy Carmichael?

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.

Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.

Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new.

Another life beckons for Missy if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?

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BETH MORREY

I’m a TV producer by trade. For a long time, I worked at RDF Television, where I helped create The Secret Life of Four Year Olds series on Channel 4 and devised 100-Year-Old Drivers for ITV.

I’ve been trying to write a novel since my early 20s when I wrote a spin-off from Mary Poppins called Sister Suffragette, which was all about Winifred Banks’ adventures when she wasn’t at home singing. It’s probably for the best that it’s still in a drawer somewhere.

Saving Missy is my first full-length novel, and I wrote it on maternity leave, inspired by the people I met while I was walking my dog in the park.

In my spare time, I enjoy running, cooking curries, admiring my dog everyday and Christmas once a year.

WHAT DID I THINK?

What a lovely book to read, I do love a happy ever after especially with some bits you can relate to. There was enough going on that it made you keep reading and I was never completely sure how it would all turn out.

I just loved the main character, Missy, I think she was a grandmother many wished they had. It was nice to see her come out and enjoy life again plus realise that she was a nice person and did deserve friends.

This is a first book and an excellent read so I would recommend it.

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