Wednesday 5 September 2018

Review ~ The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House by Lilly Bartlett

A hilarious, uplifting novel about the ties of community, the strength of love and how nobody is truly ordinary.

Harper Impulse
31 August 2018

My thanks to the author for my e-copy of this book

What's it about..

Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they'll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.

When Framlingham’s famously all-female retirement home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.

Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them. It’s become her life raft, too. She finds comfort in her beloved career that might finally make her parents proud. But Phoebe’s darling Nick is lining up on the other side of the battle, and their relationship is suffering collateral damage.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to close down Friendship House.

The women aren’t about to let that happen.

My thoughts about it..

There's something about Lilly Bartlett's writing which warms my soul and no matter how tired or fed up I feel, the instant I start to read one of her delicious romantic comedies I am taken to a comforting warm place and get to meet some really lovely characters.

Phoebe is struggling to come to terms with her mother's recent death, and she is also worried about how her father is dealing with it all. At the same time, Phoebe is also coping with significant changes to Friendship House, a care home for the elderly, where she works as a chef. When plans to turn the home from single sex occupancy to mixed sexes, the scene is set for some memorable encounters with some strong and determined characters. The group of feisty older women who call Friendship House their home are a great bunch of ladies and I really enjoyed spending time in their company and watching how the dynamics of the care home started to evolve and change. As always, the author captures those little idiosyncrasies of personality and the generous quirks of character which make her stories such a joy to read.

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House is filled with lovely warm details about life and love at Friendship House. As always, the story comes alive like a breath of fresh air, and the author gives the characters, who flit into and out of the story, such a great sense of purpose that there is always something there to make you smile.

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters. Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

 Twitter @MicheleGormanUK #FriendshipHouse


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