The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell Review + Giveaway Announcement!

 

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Hello my dears, how have we all been? I’ve been quiet for the last two or so weeks, as I’ve been getting back into my (novel) writing, having not done much over my first three months of University, but I hope to get  back into the swing of posting over the next few weeks; writing posts at the weekend and scheduling them for the weeks ahead. Okay, let’s get into the review!

Thank you to Jeannelle at Hodder & Stoughton (part of the Hachette UK Publishing group) for sending me this lovely book.

Started: early January 2019 

Finished: 20th January 2019

4/5*

“79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart’s life follows the same daily routine of pills, doctor’s appointments and aqua aerobics.

She’s forgotten what it’s like to try anything new. Instead, the most exciting moment in Peggy’s day is a sighting of Brian, the handsome treasurer of the Resident’s Committee, who unfortunately doesn’t seem to notice she exists. Somehow, Peggy  fears she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties.

But after a chance encounter with an old school friend – the glamorous and vivacious Angie Valentine, who Peggy hasn’t seen in fifty years – Peggy sets off an an unexpected voyage of self-discovery. What follows is a delightful and hilarious adventure that proves you’re only ever as old as you feel…”

At the time of receiving this I was studying for my first exam at university, so I wasn’t able to read every day which was a little annoying.

This was such a lovely book, and a refreshing change from the ones I normally read. It’s a heartwarming tale about the life of older people after retirement, when they move out of their family homes to live in a community, old school friends reunited, and finding yourself again too. 

Though I expected to like it after reading the description and requesting it, I enjoyed The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village a lot more than I had expected. Peggy’s character is both sweet and warm hearted, with a love for animals and a cute aged dog called Basil (who is pictured beneath the tree on the cover), and simple but in the sense that she’s not over the top, or boisterous. Her friend Angie, is more…out going, and adventurous, and more glamorous so you’d think they wouldn’t really fit well together as friends, but they seem to balance each other out a little – even if Angie can be a little overbearing.

I thought that Peggy and Angie’s friendship was a sweet one, they’re like two sides of the same coin, one calm and taking a leisurely approach to retired life, the other excitable and always seeming to be doing something exciting. I loved Angie, the fact that she loves and lives life to the fullest in every possible way, and dressing stylishly.

Peggy and Brian are totally made for each other – even if she doesn’t think he takes much notice of her. 

Also, I love that it’s set in Australia, an exotic (at least to me hehe) setting!

You can find The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Village here:

Hodder

Amazon

Book Depository

I’ve teamed up with Hodder and Stoughton to bring you the chance to win a signed copy of  this book. To take part in the giveaway check out my Instagram post at 9:30am 🙂 good luck! 

#JacarandaLadies – use this hashtag if you post anything regarding this book so we can all see! 

Stay true to yourself, and don’t ever let anyone deter you from the course you wish to take.

Kath 

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