The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village #BookReview #JoannaNell #Hodder&Stoughton #NetGalley

Written by Joanna Nell


It’s never too old to grow old disgracefully…

The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. The highlight of Peggy’s day is watching her neighbour Brian head out for his morning swim.

Peggy dreams of inviting the handsome widower – treasurer of the Residents’ Committee and one of the few eligible men in the village – to an intimate dinner. But why would an educated man like Brian, a chartered accountant no less, look twice at Peggy? As a woman of a certain age, she fears she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties.

But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn’t seen in five decades – the glamorous fashionista Angie Valentine – sets Peggy on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

Can she channel her ‘inner Helen Mirren’ and find love and friendship in her twilight years?




Such a Witty Read!    5 stars

Who knew living in a retirement village could be so much fun?

Peggy, 79,  has slipped – far too easily – into a world of beige. Living in Jacaranda Retirement Village, the focus of her day is a visit to the doctor, then aqua aerobics topped off with a meeting of the Resident’s Committee. Of course, there’s always the bonus of fellow resident Brian whose very presence sets Peggy’s heart all-a-flutter and fills her dreams. Then a chance encounter with her old school friend Angie, who was always more worldly wise and more glamorous than Peggy certainly begins to shake things up…

This is such a fun read! The author really has a grip on creating varied characters and has produced a wide array of personalities. The story itself is entertaining, but the real star is the author’s ability to write such a witty novel. There is oodles of humour in this, topped off with Peggy’s malapropisms which are hysterically funny. This is a lesson on how NOT to slide into our later years in a haze of beige – or taupe, if you prefer. I’ve smiled, laughed and giggled my way through every page, and would recommend this to everyone who likes to look on the brighter side of life!

My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women, humour
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 758 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 25 September 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


Joanna Nell was born in the Midlands and graduated from Oxford University with a medical degree in 1991.
In 2003 she moved to Australia where she now works as a GP with a passion for women’s health and care of the elderly.
Joanna writes character-driven stories of self-discovery for women of a certain age, creating young-at-heart characters who break the rules and defy society’s expectations.
She lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her husband and two children.

Social Media

Twitter: @Jo_nell_writer


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