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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
Added to Scribd: Oct 08, 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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