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    Highly recommended!

    I loved this book, it was perfect summer read and it made me laugh loud more than once. I loved the quirky and well written characters and the plot. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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    Enjoyable read

    I enjoyed this light read immensely. It continues the story of Tess Sparrow after she marries Simon. This story describes the trials and tribulations they were faced with while renovating their new house and turning it into a B&B. Once the house is ready we meet an interesting and colourful array of guests - each with their own story. I wish there were more books in this series!!!
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    A delightful romance with love over the age of 60.

    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.
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    I love a Dee MacDonald book, they're always fun!

    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.
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    Charming and witty story

    I got into this book right from the very beginning. I loved that the main characters (Simon and Tess) were older and trying to find their “second life.” There seriously are not enough books with that theme – there is life after 40 (and even 50)! I liked how the story was in three parts: the first was the set-up, part two was the introduction of the renters and the third dealt with all of the relationships and events at The Sparrows’ Nest. It was like reading a play in three acts with delightful characters and amusing, but realistic events. For a more in-depth review, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and the author for a complimentary, pre-release, digital ARC of the book.
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