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Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn - Excerpt with Bonus Content

Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn - Excerpt with Bonus Content

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Daisy Phillips is tired of being treated like an old lady. Sure, there was that incident with the lawn mower and the mud. And she did get trapped at the top of a ladder. But that doesn’t make her incapable of living on her own, as her son Dennis seems to think. Now Dennis is pushing her to sell the family home in Liverpool and move into a retirement community. To make matters worse, her best friend is going away for the summer and the new boss at the library politely informed her that her services as a volunteer are no longer needed. Is it any wonder that Daisy is feeling distressed?

But the unflappable Daisy won’t go down without a fight. What she needs to boost her spirits is an adventure. A long-forgotten watch found in a box in the basement provides the perfect start. The watch belonged to her first love, an American soldier stationed in England during World War II. With a decades-old Brooklyn address as her only clue, Daisy embarks on a trip to New York City with plans to track him down and return the valuable keepsake, and maybe get a peek at the life she might have had.

But first there’s a haphazard family reunion, where she meets and settles in with her colorful American cousins on Long Island. Elisabeth is the harried working mother who’s engaged in a fashion battle with one of her five sons. Richard, her attorney husband, might be taking his enthusiasm for the game of darts too far. And their sullen teenage son Michael is on the brink of failing all his final exams. Though Elisabeth can barely keep up with the life she already has, she eagerly jumps on board with Daisy and her quixotic quest, determined to help Daisy find her long-lost love—an adventure that holds surprises for all involved.

To read more about Stacey McGlynn or Keeping Time please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
Daisy Phillips is tired of being treated like an old lady. Sure, there was that incident with the lawn mower and the mud. And she did get trapped at the top of a ladder. But that doesn’t make her incapable of living on her own, as her son Dennis seems to think. Now Dennis is pushing her to sell the family home in Liverpool and move into a retirement community. To make matters worse, her best friend is going away for the summer and the new boss at the library politely informed her that her services as a volunteer are no longer needed. Is it any wonder that Daisy is feeling distressed?

But the unflappable Daisy won’t go down without a fight. What she needs to boost her spirits is an adventure. A long-forgotten watch found in a box in the basement provides the perfect start. The watch belonged to her first love, an American soldier stationed in England during World War II. With a decades-old Brooklyn address as her only clue, Daisy embarks on a trip to New York City with plans to track him down and return the valuable keepsake, and maybe get a peek at the life she might have had.

But first there’s a haphazard family reunion, where she meets and settles in with her colorful American cousins on Long Island. Elisabeth is the harried working mother who’s engaged in a fashion battle with one of her five sons. Richard, her attorney husband, might be taking his enthusiasm for the game of darts too far. And their sullen teenage son Michael is on the brink of failing all his final exams. Though Elisabeth can barely keep up with the life she already has, she eagerly jumps on board with Daisy and her quixotic quest, determined to help Daisy find her long-lost love—an adventure that holds surprises for all involved.

To read more about Stacey McGlynn or Keeping Time please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Oct 5, 2010
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of theauthor’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead,events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2010 by Stacey McGlynnAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.com C
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is a trademark and the Crown colophon is a registered trademark of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataMcGlynn, Stacey.Keeping time : a novel / Stacey McGlynn.—1st ed.p. cm.(alk. paper)1. Older women—Fiction. 2. British—United States—Fiction. I. Title.PS3613.C4866K44 2010813'.6—dc222010008925ISBN 978-0-307-46440-8 Printed in the United States of America
DESIGN BY AMANDA DEWEY
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ome on, Mum.
It’s not as if you’re being put out to pasture.”Words by Dennis. Aimed at Daisy. Tipping the evening on itsside.Fifty-five-year-old Dennis, sitting on the taupe linen sofa, across from the mahogany cocktail table. His new wife, Amanda, beside him,not saying a word. Dennis, leaning forward, patiently waiting to hear allthe things Daisy wasn’t saying. Then, hammering on. Forcing a smile.“I hope you’re not thinking that.”Actually, Daisy Phillips
was
thinking that.Smelling the grass of the pasture.Feeling the tickle of the blades under her nose.Searching her son’s face for some scrap of infanthood, a glimpse of childhood, a shred of adolescence. Nothing. Silly to think there mightbe, but Daisy was groping, thoroughly shaken.Dennis, “I think,
we
think”—gesturing to include Amanda—“you’d really like it there. It’s crazy to go on like you’ve been.” Meaningto continue living in the house she had been born in and had inheritedfrom her parents. The house she had spent her whole life in. Dennis,going on: “Life would be a permanent holiday.”Daisy, not replying. Too prim, too proper, with an elegance, a grace

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lauramoore_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This story is of Daisy Phillips an older women who dosn't want to be just an "old lady" to everyone, her friends and family included. The people closest to her in her life are the same people forcing her into making huge changes in her life. While a personal decision to travel to the United States brings about the biggest changes on all. This novel has a quirky humor to it, and while it was a really quick, heart-warming story, i felt it moved a little slow and that there wasn't enough to really keep me enthralled in the novel. The characters were easy to like and i liked the unique-ness that they each brought to the story. The plot itself had some really good message as well, that you only life once, that lifes too short to not do what's important for you, and also doing what makes your happy for you and nobody else. Overall. this was worth picking up and reading, i just don't feel its a book you need to run right out and buy. This is Stacey McGlynns' Debut Novel and i look forward to seeing what else she has in store for us.
frisbeesage reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Keeping Time is the story of Daisy, a sweet, plucky old lady trying to navigate the process of getting old gracefully. Her husband has passed away and one of her sons, Dennis, thinks she can't take care of herself and her beautiful old house and garden anymore. Of course there was the episode with the shower head she tried to fix and the one with the lawn mower in the mud....Desperately trying to prove that there is life in her yet Daisy goes jetting off to America hoping to find an old boyfriend to return his valuable watch and to meet some long lost relatives. The plot isn't anything unique - old lady proves she has vitality and value and reinvents herself. The characters are well drawn, coming across as eccentric and fun. I especially liked Elizabeth, harried mother of 5 boys, trying so hard to get it right and, instead, getting it oh-so-wrong. What really turned me off about the book was the writing style. About half the sentences are written incompletely. I think this was meant to make it more realistic, like this is how people really talk or think. Instead it came across as choppy and interrupted and was distracting for me. In the end I just couldn't like this book as much as I wanted to.
onemorepage reviewed this
Rated 4/5
An older woman in Liverpool, widowed and tired of her son trying to get her to sell her house and move into elder housing, goes on a trip to New York to search for the soldier she loved during WWII. Wonderful story of finding family and making a difference in the lives of those around you, regardless of your age.
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