How the Penguins Saved Veronica

How the Penguins Saved Veronica

Large Print - 2020
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"A curmudgeonly but charming old woman, her estranged grandson, and a colony of penguins proves it's never too late to be the person you want to be in this rich, heartwarming story from the acclaimed author of Ellie and the Harpmaker. Eighty-five-year-old Veronica McCreedy is estranged from her family and wants to find a worthwhile cause to leave her fortune to. When she sees a documentary about penguins being studied in Antarctica, she tells the scientists she's coming to visit-and won't take no for an answer. Shortly after arriving, she convinces the reluctant team to rescue an orphaned baby penguin. He becomes part of life at the base, and Veronica's closed heart starts to open. Her grandson, Patrick, follows Veronica to Antarctica to make one last attempt to get to know his grandmother. Together, Veronica, Patrick, and even the scientists learn what family, love, and connection are all about"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432881344
Branch Call Number: LT PRI
Characteristics: 517 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Away with the Penguins

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"A curmudgeonly but charming old woman, her estranged grandson, and a colony of penguins proves it's never too late to be the person you want to be in this rich, heartwarming story from the acclaimed author of Ellie and the Harpmaker. Eighty-five-year-old Veronica McCreedy is estranged from ... Read More »


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jpnevins
May 21, 2021

A delightful tale with engaging characters, giving hope that it is never too late to change, opening yourself up to new experiences and relationships.

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Rosemarie Campbell
Mar 05, 2021

When I decided to read this book, I thought it would likely be a fluffy read with shades of "silly", but perhaps good for a chuckle. But I was completely wrong. The story is delightful and as it progressed I was charmed with the characters and the outcome. This is definitely as feel good story and one that gives us a lesson that we can overcome our past tragedies.

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marianlouise1916
Feb 27, 2021

A delightful, uplifting book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

WPL_Jaclyn Jan 18, 2021

How the Penguins Saved Veronica was a lovely feel-good novel that had me smiling by the end. Veronica is in her 80s and she's starting to think about what to do with her wealth when she dies. After being less than impressed with her newfound grandson, Patrick, Veronica decides that the penguins deserve her riches more than Patrick. But, before she commits, Veronica wants to visit these penguins (and have one last adventure). I loved Veronica and her drive to visit these penguins! Veronica was straightforward and funny and the penguins really did save her. I also enjoyed how Veronica's past was revealed after she decides to give Patrick one last chance. Fans of Fredrick Backman will adore this quirky tale!

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Nancygoodreads
Oct 31, 2020

Prepare to be captivated! Far from being a brief diversion as the cover suggested it's a novel with multi-generational appeal and whose characters from heroine Mrs. McCreedy (veronica), 86 to 6 year old Daisy and everyone in between becomes inspirational. In this pandemic winter with climate change a rising threat this novel brings hope and joy. It isn't just the indominable old Brit, Mrs McCreedywalking the wind swept ocean trail in northern Scotland that we first encounter who is "saved by the penguins" but anyone who is currently facing challenges or despair will discover renewed hopefulness. a genuine GoodRead

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creatureofhabit
Sep 03, 2020

What a beautiful, uplifting book. Of course penguins & baby ones at that will melt most hearts is a wonderful addition to this story. This is a light & easy read that keeps bringing you back for more. Highly recommend this book, it will lift your spirits if you are down, it will draw you back into reading if you are in a reading slump & without doubt you will smile.

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brangwinn
Jun 21, 2020

I want a baby penguin. But I imagine I’ll have to settle for Patrick/Pip in this fun story about a crotchety 85-year old English lady who discovers she has a grandson she doesn’t know about. When she decides to visit an Adele penguin research station in the Antarctic, she refuses the researcher’s distress at having her come. She comes, and what a story it is. When she falls ill, her grandson who has met her only once, is forced to come to Antarctica to get her. The story is lovely and the ending is endearing, a perfect book to read when stuck at home. I really, really want a baby penguin and it’s all the book’s fault.

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