Phoebe loves her job at Friendship House but when the owners start disrupting the residents, it’s time for the staff to take action!
I received a copy of The Not So Perfect Plan to save Friendship House* for review
I’m always happy when I receive a new Lilly Bartlett novel to review. She’s one of my favourite rom-com authors and you’ll find several reviews of her novels here on the blog. And her latest book is just as good as all the others.
The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House mainly takes place in Friendship House, a retirement home for ladies, where Phoebe is in charge of the kitchen. And when she’s not cooking up delicious nutritious meals, she’s either gossiping with her friend and boss, June, or dreaming about her colleague Nick.
The residents at the home may be elderly, but they’re definitely young at heart. From super-competitive Scrabble games to book club and yoga, there’s plenty to keep them full of life.
But there are a few clouds on the horizon for Phoebe. First of all, she is grieving for her Mum, who died recently. They didn’t have the easiest of relationships, and there’s a lot for her to work through.
And Phoebe is fairly sure that there’s no chance of Nick ever being interested in her romantically.
But even more worryingly the home’s owner, Max, seems intent on upsetting the cosy status quo of the staff and residents at Friendship House.
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Like Lilly Bartlett’s other novels, The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House is great fun to read.
It’s full of interesting characters like Maggie, the resident who holds court in her room at the top of Friendship House. And Max’s father Terence, who seems to be completely unlikeable but possibly has a soft spot under all that bluster.
And the novel interweaves several different storylines, so there’s lots to keep you interested.
Phoebe’s love life seems to be bit of a non-starter. But you’ll be left open-mouthed when you find out why she thinks Nick isn’t interested in her. And the battles between the residents and owner of Friendship House will keep you turning the pages.
I also really enjoyed the plotline surrounding Phoebe’s parents. Her relationship with her mother could only be described as difficult at best. And after her Mum’s death, Phoebe struggles to find a happy relationship with her Dad.
As the novel progresses, we find out more about Phoebe’s Mum and I really enjoyed how that aspect develops throughout the book.
So if you’re looking for a fun rom-com page turner, then The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House should definitely be on your reading list. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I think this may be my favourite Lilly Bartlett novel.
I’m now eagerly waiting for the next one!
A hilarious, uplifting novel about the ties of community, the strength of love and how nobody is truly ordinary.
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 senior living 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 evict everyone.
The women aren’t about to let that happen.
A wonderfully entertaining rom-com that kept me hooked til the end – 8.5/10