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The Love Story of Missy Carmichael (2020. Auflage)

von Beth Morrey (Autor)

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Titel:The Love Story of Missy Carmichael
Autoren:Beth Morrey (Autor)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2020), 352 pages
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The Love Story of Missy Carmichael von Beth Morrey

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The female answer to “A Man Called Ove”, this was a lovely read, if a little predictable at times. It’s nice to read stories that make you believe in the goodness of humanity. ( )
  Amzzz | Jan 24, 2022 |
* I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I might be one of the few who has not yet read Eleanor Oliphant, but I absolutely adored A Man Called Ove, so I was compelled to give Beth Morrey's new book a go. The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is about an elderly, lonesome woman enduring her hardships and struggles on her own, without purpose or direction, but then finds that friends and companionship help fill her life with meaning again.

I had such high hopes for this book, but I must say, I felt underwhelmed by the story of Missy Carmichael. The first third of the book was about Missy ignoring her issues and generally isolating herself from society, while feeling sorry for herself. The second-third of the book was about her kind of making friends, but still boo-hooing about her lot in life. The last third of the book was the best part. Missy finally became a dynamic character, instead of the dull, flat one we got for the first two-thirds, and I genuinely enjoyed the end.

In general, I found it very difficult to relate to Missy as a character. I understand loneliness and depression can create a life that does not seem worth living, but it was extremely difficult for me to garner any sympathy for Missy Carmichael. Her personality came across as adolescent, rather than that of an 80-year-old woman. It felt almost forced sometimes, as if it were a chore to act so abysmal toward life, and that made it a chore for me to keep reading.

Things I did like: other characters that Missy eventually befriended were dynamic and had so much growth and impact on the story. Like, the story literally could not exist if these characters disappeared. I wouldn't want to even touch the book if these characters didn't exist. They were relatable and fun, and they pulled me along through the story and Missy's struggles. I also liked Missy's animal companion; I think animal therapy is underrated and so beneficial toward mental health - the author thoughtfully portrayed the relationship between Missy and her furry friend and I really enjoyed watching it play out.

I mentioned that I really enjoyed A Man Called Ove, so why didn't I like this book as much? I think much of it had to do with the writing style. It was a quick read, but the style in which the story played out felt cumbersome, and like I mentioned earlier, I couldn't relate or sympathize with the main character. Perhaps I'm just not at that point in my life yet, and a reread down the road will present a different opinion. However, if you are also someone who enjoyed Backman's book or Eleanor Oliphant, definitely give this book a go! Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised. ( )
  katprohas | Dec 16, 2021 |
A review I wrote in February 2020:

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey (4.5 stars)

A poignant and tender debut novel; beautifully written in a descriptive, strong prose, narrated in
the first person by Missy, and with a flowing, natural dialogue.

Missy, or Millicent, is 79 and she is alone. Despite living in a built up area, in Stoke Newington,
she has isolated herself from people around her and she is haunted by the emptiness of her large
family home. Her son and grandson are in Australia and she is estranged from her daughter. Can
she break out of her self-inflicted isolation and forge new connections with the people around
her?

I loved Beth Morrey’s characters, all very different but with warmth and humanity shining through
all sorts of circumstances. Although ultimately an uplifting read, with the wonderful message that
new starts can begin at any age, it’s also quite a difficult read for anyone who has experienced
aloneness and loneliness.

Tipped for big things by the publishers (there was a 10-way publisher auction for Missy!), this is a
book we’re going to be hearing a lot more about in 2020. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Dec 14, 2021 |
Could not muster interest; did not finish.
  Bruyere_C | Dec 2, 2021 |
Roman over een negenenzeventigjarige vrouw die eenzaam is. Haar leven neemt een wending na haar ontmoeting met twee vrouwen in een park ( )
  huizenga | Oct 4, 2021 |
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