Keeping Time

Keeping Time

by Stacey McGlynn
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Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn

A heartfelt story of a widow's journey from Liverpool to New York in search of her first love, and the mishaps and surprises that occur as she spends time with her extended family.

Daisy Phillips is tired of being treated like an old lady. Sure, there was that incident with the lawn mower and the mud. And she did get trapped at the top of a ladder. But that doesn’t make her incapable of living on her own, as her son Dennis seems to think. Now Dennis is pushing her to sell the family home in Liverpool and move into a retirement community. To make matters worse, her best friend is going away for the summer and the new boss at the library politely informed her that her services as a volunteer are no longer needed. Is it any wonder that Daisy is feeling distressed?

But the unflappable Daisy won’t go down without a fight. What she needs to boost her spirits is an adventure. A long-forgotten watch found in a box in the basement provides the perfect start. The watch belonged to her first love, an American soldier stationed in England during World War II. With a decades-old Brooklyn address as her only clue, Daisy embarks on a trip to New York City with plans to track him down and return the valuable keepsake, and maybe get a peek at the life she might have had.

But first there’s a haphazard family reunion, where she meets and settles in with her colorful American cousins on Long Island. Elisabeth is the harried working mother who’s engaged in a fashion battle with one of her five sons. Richard, her attorney husband, might be taking his enthusiasm for the game of darts too far. And their sullen teenage son Michael is on the brink of failing all his final exams. Though Elisabeth can barely keep up with the life she already has, she eagerly jumps on board with Daisy and her quixotic quest, determined to help Daisy find her long-lost love—an adventure that holds surprises for all involved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307464415
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

STACEY McGLYNN lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons. She holds an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Keeping Time was inspired by a real-life visit from her first-cousin-once-removed, Dot Nicholson of Liverpool, England.

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Keeping Time 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Liverpool, septuagenarian Widow Daisy Phillips knows she has had elderly moments, she wishes her concerned son Dennis would stop pushing her into leaving the family home for a retirement assisted living community. At the same time Daisy is undergoing offspring pressure, her BFF is going away for a few months and the new town librarian informs her and other elderly volunteers that their services are no longer needed. When she finds a long lost watch in her home given to her during WWII by a Brooklyn GI, Daisy decides to cross the pond to the States to find him. In the United States, Daisy's American relatives have issues too. Her second cousin Elisabeth loathes her job and fears her dart playing spouse the attorney is the notorious "Dart Man," who rides a bike while shooting women in their backsides with darts. Parents of five children; their teenage son Michael overwhelms her with his raging hormonal torment and failing grades. Daisy's arrival at their Long Island home seems to calm down Michael and gives Elisabeth an escape as she teams up with her English relative in search of the solider. When the enjoyable story line uses third person grammar it is distracting, however the fully developed cast especially the two female amateur sleuths provide insightful gripping first person dialogue more often. Fans will enjoy harried Elisabeth who feels her world imploding die to her belief her husband has been firing darts are female butts and her son's anguish while also wondering what her other fearsome foursome is up to. However, this is mostly Daisy's American adventure even with a coincident over the top of the BQE. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is one of the MOST heartwarming and enjoyable books that I have read in a long time !! Totally love it and recommend it heartily to everyone!!!!!!
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Keeping Time is the story of Daisy, a sweet, plucky old lady trying to navigate the process of getting old gracefully. Her husband has passed away and one of her sons, Dennis, thinks she can't take care of herself and her beautiful old house and garden anymore. Of course there was the episode with the shower head she tried to fix and the one with the lawn mower in the mud....Desperately trying to prove that there is life in her yet Daisy goes jetting off to America hoping to find an old boyfriend to return his valuable watch and to meet some long lost relatives. The plot isn't anything unique - old lady proves she has vitality and value and reinvents herself. The characters are well drawn, coming across as eccentric and fun. I especially liked Elizabeth, harried mother of 5 boys, trying so hard to get it right and, instead, getting it oh-so-wrong. What really turned me off about the book was the writing style. About half the sentences are written incompletely. I think this was meant to make it more realistic, like this is how people really talk or think. Instead it came across as choppy and interrupted and was distracting for me. In the end I just couldn't like this book as much as I wanted to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a wonderful story by a great new storyteller! The author has a unique writing style and it immediately draws you into the story of Daisy and her quest for relevance. All of the characters are beautifully drawn and I could not put this book down. I will recommend this book to EVERYONE! It makes me want to join a book club!
Henriquez More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. I love the writing style. It took me a few pages to get used to the fragmented sentences but then I was captured by the rhythm and uniqueness of the author's style which is so perfect for the story she tells. There were parts that made me laugh out loud and moments of pure poignancy. This book is an excellent read and will be highly recommended to all of my family and friends. If you are looking for a book you simply cannot put down, this is it!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Finally, an eloquent story about baby boomers! This is my first time reading anything by this author, but it won't be my last!
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Curious-Clara More than 1 year ago
Keeping Time is the story of 77 year old Daisy, a woman whose son wants to sell her house and put her in a retirement residence. Daisy is not done living and is afraid life is passing her by. She resents her son's insistence that she'd be happier in an apartment. So far so good. But as the story progresses, Daisy reveals no faults so it's hard to find her humanity and vulnerability except for her age. Elizabeth and Michael are well drawn so I tried to like this book. I read through to the end and felt cheated at the way the book ended. It was as though the author thought it was more important to wind up the book in fewer than 300 pages than to allow the ending to reveal itself through the story. The next to last chapter tells the reader what would happen and this was very disappointing.
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The writing was choppy and grating, which made it difficult to get into the story.
MsGulch More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down til the last page. I highly recommend this book to all who love a good story that gives you a good feeling inside when you are done. I hope this author has another story on the way, I love her style. Ms.Gulch
NRM10 More than 1 year ago
This book was heartwarming, laugh out loud funny and left me wanting more. I hope there is a sequel in the works. A must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read. Unique writing style makes it a fast read, and doesn't get soppy. I got caught up in the life of a delightful Daisy and couldn't put the book down. Can't wait to see what this new author will write next.