The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

Beth Morrey (Author)

Product Details

$26.00  $23.92
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publish Date
April 07, 2020
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Beth Morrey's work has been published in the Cambridge and Oxford May Anthologies and shortlisted for the Grazia Orange First Chapter competition. She lives in London with her family and dog. The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is her debut novel.


"Masterful and a real page-turner. Missy is a joy . . . the humor and courage with which she faces loss and ageing are handled with such wit and empathy. The world needs more assured female voices like Beth Morrey's. Her novel is a breath of fresh air!"
--Felicity Hayes-McCoy, author of The Library at the Edge of the World

"For everyone with an Eleanor Oliphant-shaped hole in their heart, this is the book to fill it. Gorgeous characters, heartfelt storytelling and the sort of book that lifts your heart."
--Eithne Shortall, author of Grace After Henry

"Here is a love story of the most important kind: that of coming to love oneself through accepting and returning the love of others--be it people or dogs. I truly enjoyed reading this story of a big-hearted but embittered woman who turns her life around, two steps forward and one step back, which is to say realistically. . . . An elegant reminder that the rest of us are capable of doing the same thing. In this way, it is not only pleasurable but inspiring reading. (It should come with a warning: This book may cause you to race to the shelter to adopt a best friend.)"
--Elizabeth Berg, author of Night of Miracles

"Morrey has deftly created a series of love stories, interwoven together and told in snippets through time. . . . Pain, grief, and hurt are all part of life in this moving portrayal of the many forms love can take."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A novel that reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance, even at seventy-nine. Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a story and a character that stays with you. I loved it."
--Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful

"Deeply moving, charming, and filled with wit and empathy - you can read on every page the love and care that Morrey has for each of her characters and by the end you'll love them too."
--Kathy Wang, author of Family Trust

"Moving but not sentimental (just as Missy would like it), this is a deeply satisfying read. Missy is a fantastically real character, as complex, frustrating, vulnerable and surprising as any I've met in print. I miss her already."
--Eleanor Wasserberg, author of Foxlowe

"A beautiful story about love, loss, guilt and the power of friendship."
--Jill Mansell, author of
Maybe This Time

"A soulful, refreshing and tender book."
--Stephanie Butland, author of The Lost For Words Bookshop

"The most beautiful and the most moving book I've read in a long time. It will comfort you and it will break your heart."
--Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

"A generous-hearted story showing the transformative power of friendship and community. . . . A fabulously enjoyable book!"
--Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus

"A joyful, tender, life affirming STUNNER of a book that has made me want to make the most of everything, grab hold of people and all the good moments."
--Cressida McLaughlin, author of The House of Birds and Butterflies