The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane: An absolutely hilarious feel-good novel

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About this ebook

‘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 Orla have been best friends throughout most of their adult lives. So when life gave them lemons and their loved ones let them down, they pooled their resources and bought a dressmakers shop on the corner of Penny Lane. And they’ve been doing just fine ever since.

But one day, while studying her tired eyes and shapeless figure in the mirror, sixty-two-year-old Tess realised that she doesn’t want her life to be just fine anymore. She wants it to be extraordinary. For as long as she can remember she’s put everyone else first. Now she wants to rediscover herself – and experience the kind of whirlwind adventure that will have the power make her smile when she’s confined to the armchair of a retirement home.

With the encouragement of fun-loving and quirky Orla, Tess joins an over-the-hill dating agency and the two friends book a singles cruise around the Mediterranean. And that’s when their adventure of a lifetime really begins…

A totally uplifting, heart-warming, hilarious page turner about embracing the moment, learning to love again and the joy of second chances. Perfect for fans of The Kicking the Bucket List and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

What readers are saying about Dee MacDonald:

OMG!… It made me howl with laughter and it made me sob my heart out… I absolutely adored every single step… had my jaw dropping!!… one of my favourite books of the year.’ My Chestnut Reading Tree, 5 stars

5 Fabulously FUN Stars… such a delightful and fun book from first page to last!... An absolutely perfect summer read that I would strongly recommend to all!’ Audio Killed the Bookmark, 5 stars

‘I was laughing out loud… totally did not see the ending coming! WOWSERS! 5 stars for me!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Made me laugh and cry and laugh again, especially at the end. That was a little bit of genius!... beautifully written and the characters are lovingly drawn to make them come alive. I absolutely loved the ending, that really had me chuckling…’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

This is an adventure with a difference!... absolutely brilliant… I felt quite emotional… very touching and extremely poignant…. A thought-provoking, energetic, promising, and huggable read… another delightful treat from Dee MacDonald!’ The Writing Garnet

‘Delightful!… a wonderful summertime story!.. the fun begins NOW!... hilarious… love this story about strong women!!’ Escape With a Book, 5 stars

‘A fabulous and entertaining read that I didn't want to end a heart-warming and fun filled story that every woman should read. It's an uplifting story that makes you realise that you are never too old to go after what you want in life. Loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Made me laugh out loud one minute and then hit me with an emotional bombshell the next… hilarious, delightfully different… warmed my soul…’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

‘Had me laughing out loud, getting emotional and taking the main character to heart… if I could give this book more than five stars, I would.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

31 reviews
Grace J. Reviewerlady
April 24, 2019
Light-hearted and very entertaining, this is such a feel-good read! Tess and Orla have both been unlucky in love; with their joint business venture the friends have moved forward with their lives, but both of them dream of having a bit of romance. With her daughter's wedding approaching, Tess despairs of the extra pounds she has gained and decides to do something about it. Orla's not so bothered about her weight gain, but persuades Tess to join her in a bit of internet dating .. and so the fun begins! As someone who is currently losing weight, this book is right up my street! Tess's determination to shed the pounds is inspiring, especially as she has an honest approach to it. The series of dates she embarks upon creased me up! Between herself and Orla, they 'match' with a wide variety of the male species and it makes for great reading. I smiled and grinned my way through this story, with the occasional grimace thrown in for good measure. Dee MacDonald's writing is well-paced and the story flows beautifully, keeping the reader's attention throughout. I certainly feel I want to read much more from her, as this one certainly brightened my day. I cannot find fault, and am very happy to give this novel a full five stars.
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Claire McPartlin
April 24, 2019
Another very enjoyable book from Dee MacDonald. I've read both her other books, which I loved, and so was really looking forward to this one too, and it was just as good. This is again about ladies in their 60s, and very funny, about the different dilemmas more mature single ladies have to deal with as they get older. The story is about Tess and Orla, best friends who own a dress shop together. Tess is the seamstress and Orla keeps everything else on track. They are both ladies of a certain age who decide to join a dating agency. Orla is definitely the more outgoing one, and Tess is mainly looking for someone to accompany her to her daughter's wedding. She also wants to lose weight so she looks and feels good in front of her ex-husband's skinny second wife. So both Tess and Orla embark on a journey to lose weight, by joining a slimming club, and join a dating agency to find a man too. There are lots of very funny moments, and poor Tess does seem to get the short end of the stick in the dating department. It's certainly enough to put most people off dating agencies! But they meet some great characters and make friends along the way. Tess also finds her self-confidence again and realises that, while she may have started on this quest to look good for the wedding, she ends by feeling a lot better about herself, and through that confidence unexpectedly finds love. Really lovely book, yet again, by Dee MacDonald. If you are looking for an easy-reading, real feel-good book then this is the one for you. I look forward to reading Dee's next book.
3 people found this review helpful
January 30, 2020
This was a fun light heartened interesting read i laughed and it also left me thinking about life afterwards..its truthful humour...i enjoyed it more than i thought i would and the insights of the characters do bring home the line Dont Judge people to me......

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