Beth Morrey

Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely. But everyone deserves a second chance…

A dazzling debut for 2020 – are you ready to meet Missy Carmichael?

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.

Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.

Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new.

Another life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?


Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting … I loved it

Nina Stibbe
Nina Stibbe

Here is a love story of the most important kind: that of coming to love oneself through accepting and returning the love of others. . . . I truly enjoyed reading this story of a big-hearted but embittered woman who turns her life around.

Elizabeth Berg, author of Night of Miracles
Elizabeth Berg , author of Night of Miracles

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
Eleanor Wasserberg , author of Foxlowe

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
Eithne Shortall , author of Grace After Henry


Upmarket fiction

UK Publication

HarperCollins / HarperFiction

US Publication

Penguin Random House / Putnam

Rights Sales

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US: Penguin Random House / Putnam
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