Saving Missy by Beth Morrey @BethMorrey @HarperFiction #SavingMissy #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview

Saving Missy: 2020’s most astonishing debut by [Morrey, Beth]


Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely.
But everyone deserves a second chance…

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?

’Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting … I loved it’ Nina Stibbe


Saving Missy: 2020’s most astonishing debut


There had been a time when all Missy yearned for were peace and quiet and nowadays that is what she hates the most. Missy had lived a full life, married with two children to keep her busy but her son had moved to Australia, with her only grandson and her daughter was estranged with her. Her husband was no longer there either so the huge family house, where she had felt she couldn’t get a minute to herself now filled her day with emptiness hour after hour.

At 79 she rarely ventured out and when she did she kept herself to herself. That was until that day came that she just had to get out, so off she went to the park. This was the day that changed her life.

What a super story of friendships, bonds and living life no matter how old you are. The chance meeting, along with an unexpected event and a terrifying ordeal for Missy leads to a very faithful relationship with something new in her life. The grumpy old lady that had been stewing in old age was given a new lease of life. She was helped to see life through new eyes, other peoples views and the reasons why they did something was not to hurt her. The years seemed to drop away from her as she found reasons to get up in the morning.

A beautifully told story about being part of a big world, not the world just being you. Super ending. Brilliant debut.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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 every day and Christmas once a year.


Twitter: @BethMorrey


Saving Missy: 2020’s most astonishing debut by [Morrey, Beth]

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