The Not So Perfect Plan To Save Friendship House (now The Not So Happy Home For Ladies) by Lilly Bartlett

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What they say: Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they’ll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.

When Framlingham’s famously all-female retirement home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.

Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them. It’s become her life raft, too. She finds comfort in her beloved career that might finally make her parents proud. But Phoebe’s darling Nick is lining up on the other side of the battle, and their relationship is suffering collateral damage.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to close down Friendship House.

The women aren’t about to let that happen. 

The Review: I have to apologise to the author, as this is a book that slipped through the cracks in 2018 and I suddenly realised recently I had read but not reviewed.  It is the story of Phoebe, who is chef at Friendship House, a retirement house laden with fans of its existance. When it’s decided to bring some men into the mix of a previously female residence, there is uproar. I have to admit I was trying to negotiate with some of the residents in my mind when I heard their issues, thinking ‘but it could be nice to have some men about!’

I didn’t always gel well with Phoebe, she was a bit negative at times, but I definitely enjoyed this easy going read, smiling and nodding with the humour and in particular some of the ladies that lived in the home, and some of the men too! The romance wasn’t for me and actually had this been straight up humour I’d have been happy out instead of rom com as I didn’t feel much for Nick, but saying that it was a book I read easily over a night in front of the fire, and enjoyed.

So very enjoyable and thanks so much to the author for the book in return for an honest review.


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