Tess and Simon Sparrow may have a few more grey hairs and wrinkles than they used to, but that doesn’t stop them being swept up in a whirlwind romance and starting over again. Swapping their city lives for an escape to the countryside, they fall in love with a crumbling hotel and impulsively buy it as their forever home to grow old in together…
Renovating the glorious, wisteria-clad property on the gorgeous cliff-tops of Cornwall was meant to be a delightful retirement project. But the dream soon turns into reality and practical Tess and optimist Simon are faced with leaky bathrooms, creaky stairs and a roof that’s just about holding up.
Running out of money fast, the couple decide to rent out a few rooms to save their new home.
Along come mysterious Celia, hapless romantic Benedict and tarnished, lovelorn actress Titania – all looking for a fresh start. Everyone in this eclectic group has their own reasons for being in Cornwall and across the summer they each go on a journey of self-discovery at The Golden Oldies Guesthouse as they realise there is still plenty of time for love, life, friendship… and a few unexpected surprises.
This author’s books are always so good. She treats you to a very nice mixture of love and laughter and they are always heartwarming but sometimes a little bit of sadness creeps in as well. This time she also scattered a bit of suspense over the whole.
People often say that you have to grab your chances when you are young, but why can’t you make a u-turn when you are more mature? It’s not because you are over 50 that you should not make changes anymore. In every stage of your life you should try to do what you love most to do. It’s a pity it’s maybe not always possible, but sometimes you have to take a risk and see where your heart takes you.
There are a lot of single mature people and when Cupid strikes he does not check your age …
In the previous book we met Orla and Tess and in this one the spotlight is on Tess. I have an inkling we will be in for a sequel with the focus on Orla. I hope my feeling does not betray me.
A lovely story that I totally enjoyed. 5 stars.
Thank you, Dee MacDonald and Bookouture (via Netgalley)
About the author
Dee wrote her very first book – at around seven years of age! This was a love story which she duly illustrated before sewing all the pages together up one side. Writing was what she ‘was good at’ in school and she won several essay competitions, but then life got in the way and she didn’t pick up a pen again until after retirement.
Dee left Scotland and headed for London at the beginning of the swinging sixties. After typing her way round the West End she became an air stewardess on long haul routes with BA (then BOAC) for eight years. After that she did market research at Heathrow for both the government statistics and for BA, she became a sales rep., and was the receptionist at the Thames Television Studios in Teddington when they had the franchise.
She then ran a small B&B for ten years in Cornwall, where she lives with her husband. Dee has one son and two grandsons who live locally
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