Book Review: The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

The Love Story of Missy CarmichaelThe Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey

For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, a life-affirming, deeply moving “coming-of-old” story, a celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary through friendship, family, and the power of forgiving yourself–at any age.

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Woman meets dog…

The world has changed around Missy Carmichael. At seventy-nine, she’s estranged from her daughter, her son and only grandson live across the world in Australia, and her great love is gone. Missy spends her days with a sip of sherry, scrubbing the kitchen in her big empty house and reliving her past–though it’s her mistakes, and secrets, that she allows to shine brightest. The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. Filled with wry laughter and deep insights into the stories we tell ourselves, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael shows us it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. It’s never too late to love.

This is a sweet and easy to read book. Missy is a 79 year old woman who is set in her ways, lives for her grandson who lives abroad, and is obviously very lonely.
This is the story of her making friends, finding what she likes, developing community, and becoming alive again.
The book was really well told and I really felt for Missy. It is easy to see how one thing can lead to another and then you’re in a situation you don’t even know how to get out of it. I love books where people see that someone needs help and they find ways to be there.
And there’s a great dog!
This is a heartwarming novel and it’s nice to see a younger protagonist and one that interacts with people of different ages and backgrounds. Really well done!
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the review copy.
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