The Golden Oldies Guesthouse: The perfect feel good novel about second chances

The Golden Oldies Guesthouse: The perfect feel good novel about second chances

by Dee MacDonald


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‘Dee MacDonald’s books are so heart-warming. They make you laugh-out-loud one minute, and then have you crying the next… they’re really emotional and tug at the heart strings but are fun, life-affirming reads!’ Stardust Book Reviews

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.

From the bestselling author of The Runaway Wife and The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane, this is a completely uplifting page-turner about embracing new friendships, finding love and making each day count. Perfect for fans of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village.

What readers are loving The Golden Oldies Guesthouse:

‘Five golden starsfor Dee McDonald’s latest… charmingThe Golden Oldies Guesthousefeatures humor with a deft touch, charm, fun, love and romance…’ Jena Books, 5 stars

Utterly charming!... It’s gentle, humorous, heart-warmingand packed full of characters that you will remember long after the book is finished. I adored every word and my only complaint is that the story ended!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Laugh out loud funny!!Such a light and charmingbook!! If you need a feel good, keeps your attention book then pick this one up!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Absolutely loved everything about this book. It was charming and fun. I loved the characters and settings. Will be recommending.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Loved this book, the characters,the setting. A really special read one I didn’t want to end. I will be recommendingthis special read.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I loved every word of this delightful book! I fell in lovewith the story, the setting and the characters - what a fun placethis be for a get-away!’Meanderings and Muses

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786817303
Publisher: Storyfire Ltd
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 106,894
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.74(d)

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The Golden Oldies Guesthouse: The perfect feel good novel about second chances 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele 19 days ago
We last saw Tess at her daughter’s wedding : where she meets Simon the on-again-off-again actor with a mellifluous voice and charm enough for three. After a bit of a whirlwind courtship and marriage, and remodeling a London flat, the two are on a ‘getaway’ to Simon’s childhood vacation spot in Cornwall. Planning just a ‘fisherman’s cottage’ getaway, the two are soon looking at property that overlooks the town and ocean, the Over and Above it’s called. Soon they’ve sold the London flat, with plans to renovate and repurpose the old house into a luxurious, specialty longer-stay B&B. From one sportscar that is woefully unequipped for country lane driving, to a campervan dubbed Windsor Castle, the struggle of adapting to “direkly” and the isolation – not to mention the expense and Simon’s rather cavalier attitude toward the costs involved, Tess is masterminding the plans, cajoling the workmen and generally holding down the fort while Simon is, as she has come to learn, charming his way through life and the unpleasant tasks. Again, MacDonald has created two characters who interact exactly as people really do – with the little things being more aggravating and causing more strops than the big ones, and everyone tense and worried about the unknown questions. Yet soon, they have their first guests – a former publisher, now retired, in Cornwall to be close to his ex and to write a book on smuggling, a woman planning to paint with watercolors for a few weeks following her ‘retirement’, and a faded actress, dressed in clothes more appropriate to her great-grand-daughters with a need for all the attention……. The charm and stories unfold with the usual amounts of tumult, particularly when a couple arrives to “rekindle” their marriage and ends with him leaving in a not-so-gracious way. From finding new friends, reconnecting with family and discovering the ‘actual’ purposes of their guest’s extended visits, the story is a gentle and clever tale of taking the road less travelled on the way to a new start after 60. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 11 days ago
This is a new author for me, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading a lot more of her books. I found this story to be full of laughter, sass, tender moments, and life lessons that everyone can benefit from. The Golden Oldies Guesthouse is a warm and romantic, yet witty read. Author, Dee MacDonald manages to touch on important topics without delivering a heavy story-line. Being set in a small town in coastal England certainly added extra appeal and charm to the novel. The characters are very relatable and their dialogue is engaging and at times laugh out-loud funny. Tess' inner musings are hilarious and the love she obviously has for Simon is heartwarming. The writing is smooth and interesting and keeps the reader moving along, wanting more, rooting for the main characters. The peripheral characters are also interesting, and the Cornwall setting is charming. I highly recommend this light-hearted read...I enjoyed every page!
Anonymous 16 days ago
Five golden stars for Dee McDonald’s latest love song to everyone who wants to learn how to fly and live forever. I recommend that your read this book “dreckly.” What happens when two mature romantics fall in love with a spectacular view and the pile of a house that comes along it? Well, in addition to those great views of the Atlantic Ocean, we readers also get to view the inner-workings of the captivating characters who spend time at the “Sparrows Nest.” Tess and Simon Sparrow are in their sixties and recently married. They stumble across a home on a cliff during a rainy week in Cornwall. With the energizing spirit of two new soulmates ready to seize every day and every dream, they buy the house and get to work. They envision welcoming holidaymakers to their comfortable bed and breakfast. They got so much more! This charming book is divided into three sections. The first section focuses on the extensive remodeling process, with equal amounts of dust, tears and pandemonium. The second section introduces us to each visitor who checks in to the lovely Sparrow’s Nest- Dominic, Celia, Titania, and a married couple at the breaking point. They say they have come to relax and paint, or write, or work on their marriage, but just like the pounding Atlantic Ocean, there is so much more going on under the surface. We also get to meet Tess and Simon’s friends and family, and the quirky inhabitants of the local Cornwall village. The third section of the book brings it all together- the problems and the life changes. Please don’t get the impression that this is an earnest self-help book. The Golden Oldies Guesthouse features humor with a deft touch, charm, fun, love and romance. Don’t we all dream of living larger, reaching for more, catching that falling star? We love golden oldies for a reason- they continue to resonate and make us happy. Thanks to Author Dee McDonald for letting us be guests at the Sparrow House, too. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for a digital review copy. This is my honest review.
RobinLovesReading 18 days ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars Tess and Simon Sparrow are in their sixties and have recently gotten married. When they discover a hotel in Cornwall, despite the fact that it is falling apart at its seams, they both fall in love. They uproot their lives, sell their home and start over. This includes myriads of changes and repairs in their immediate future. The renovation is rich with problems - but both Tess and Simon know that it will prove valuable beyond belief when it is completed. With very little plumbing, no heat, and room after room needing major repair, the two purchase a caravan as their temporary home. Tess has children and grandchildren, and Simon has a son. Not only do they want to create a vacation destination, they want their new home to be a place to entertain their family, as well as dear friends. After much work, and more than a few mishaps, guests eventually begin to arrive. I love how this story then shifted. There are two parts to The Golden Oldies Guesthouse. The first portion is about the purchase, repairs and their growth as a couple in this later stage in life. The second half of the book introduces the guests. Most are older like the Sparrows, and they are all rather unique and interesting. I loved this book for so many reasons! For starters, it is always a delight to see people in love after the age of sixty. I also love the idea of completely starting over, and taking on unexpected challenges. Lastly, I can only imagine having a variety of guests to care for on a revolving basis. The surprises that Tess and Simon ran into did make me laugh more than once. Although this is only my second book by Dee MacDonald, I was eager to grab it. I remember my first read by her, The Getaway Girls, which I truly enjoyed, so I wasn't surprised that this one would just as delightful. I look forward to reading more by her as time permits. Many thanks to Bookouture for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
MKF 21 days ago
Cornwall! Simon and Tess, a mature couple, impulsively buy a (let's face it- in really bad shape) hulking house in Cornwall and then realize that not only is renovation awful, they also need to bring in some money so they decide to rent out rooms. What a fun book this is! If you didn't read the first book where we met Tess, her friend Orla, and Simon, don't worry- this stands perfectly well on it's own. I found this to be a hoot in spots, especially with their escapades in trying to fix up Sparrow's Nest while living in a caravan. I also loved meeting the people who came to stay- all of whom are looking for something. This is a good positive read with nice characters (all of whom are, ahem, mature) and let's not forget- it's set in Cornwall! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Claire140 21 days ago
I love a Dee MacDonald book, they're always so much fun, with this one being no exception. This book catches up with Tess from Dee's last book (The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane) and her new husband, sometime actor Simon. Whilst on a holiday Tess and Simon come across a house for sale in Cornwall, with great views and great potential. After a bit of a discussion they decide to sell their London house and buy the Cornwall house and open it as a B&B. Of course there is loads of work to be done on it to get it to the level they want, as the last owners started the work, decided it was too much, and it has been on the market for a few years now. The first half of the book is about the renovations on the house and slowly getting to know everyone around them, and the second half is when the guests start arriving and their stories. A real bunch of completely different characters, all over 60, and a couple with some interesting stories they're hiding from the other guests! Orla, Tess's best friend and ex-business partner, also makes an appearance and finds unexpected love. It was like an unexpected matchmaking service for the golden oldies for a few of the guests! Very enjoyable story, with a little bit of intrigue, set in a wonderful location. The house sounds absolutely perfect, I'd love to stay there. I really enjoy Dee's books, they're always interesting and great fun and I look forward to reading her next one.