The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

A moving, funny, heartwarming tale of love and friendship, for anyone who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Keeper of Lost Things and Three Things about Elsie.

It's never too late to grow old disgracefully ...

The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. The highlight of Peggy's day is watching her neighbour Brian head out for his morning swim.

Peggy dreams of inviting the handsome widower - treasurer of the Residents' Committee and one of the few eligible men in the village - to an intimate dinner. But why would an educated man like Brian, a chartered accountant no less, look twice at Peggy? As a woman of a certain age, she fears she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties.

But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn't seen in five decades - the glamorous fashionista Angie Valentine - sets Peggy on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. Can she channel her 'inner Helen Mirren' and find love and friendship in her twilight years?



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    The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village Reviews

  • Paromjit

    It's been a while since I have read a novel which is so full of warmth and humour, with all its details of getting older, losing confidence, becoming invisible, taken for granted, fear of losing indep...

  • Miriam Smith

    "It's never too late to grow old disgracefully...." If I could give a book more than five stars then "The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village" written by Joanna Nell would be it! I could hav...

  • Louise Wilson

    The life of 79 year old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the decor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. The highlight of Peggy's day ...

  • Phrynne

    I decided to read this after happening across a few glowing reviews and I am glad I did. I hope if ever I end up in a retirement village that I have half the fun the characters in this book enjoyed.I ...

  • Veronica ??

    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp...I was quite torn by this book. It was funny and entertaining but I also found it easy to put down. I was easily distracted by other things and it ended up taki...

  • G.J.

    What an utterly delightful read ! I loved this book from the beginning, and while it started off with lots of humour, there were also some very serious issues covered too. The story is about Peggy, a ...

  • Marianne

    The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village is the first novel by British-born Australian doctor and author, Joanna Nell. Peggy Smart has been at Jacaranda Retirement Village since Ted died four...

  • Helen

    This is such a great story it is funny, moving, emotional and so very heart-warming, make yourself comfortable for this one while you enjoy meeting the lovey seventy nine year old Peggy Smart and the ...

  • Natalie M

    What a lovely read! I am almost convinced getting old isn’t going to be too bad. The antics of Peggy and her life-long friend Angie are set against the backdrop of what could be any retirement villa...

  • Theresa Smith

    ‘With one wrist in plaster, it was difficult for Peggy to hold the Women’s Weekly. It was an old issue but if she had read any of the articles before, she couldn’t remember them and consumed the...