Friday, July 12, 2019

The Great Unexpected

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  A curmudgeon and his eccentric new roommate join together to plan an epic escape in this charming, poignant tale.


Joel lives in a nursing home, and he’s not one bit happy about it. He hates being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to take his pills. He’s fed up with life and begins to plan a way out when his new roommate, a retired soap opera actor named Frank, moves in and turns the nursing-home community upside down.
Though the two men couldn’t be more opposite, a fast friendship is formed when Frank is the only one who listens to and stands up for Joel. When he tells Frank about his burgeoning plan, they embark together on a mission to find the perfect escape, and along the way will discover that it’s never too late for new beginnings.
Filled with colorful characters, sparkling humor and deep emotion, The Great Unexpected is the story of friendship, finding oneself later in life and experiencing newfound joy in the most unexpected places.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Oh, I absolutely loved The Great Unexpected.  Frank and Joel are complete opposites and yet in such a short amount of time, become thick as thieves. The journeys (or escapes) they take together outside the nursing home are unforgettable.  The Great Unexpected is beautifully written and so lovingly takes us through life of residents in a nursing home along with the ups and downs. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. 

The characters are so unbelievably perfect.  We all know a Joel (on the outside), but what he is going through on inside just broke my heart (even while he made me laugh a lot). We should all hope to have Frank in our lives.  What a special man and what a difference he made in a short period of time.  Joel's grandkids - loved them! 

If I had to compare The Great Unexpected to something, I would say a modern day On Golden Pond meets Dirty Grandpa (but a clean version).  Frank and Joel's outings are really too funny (clean version of Dirty Grandpa) and yet very magical (On Golden Pond - modern day). Again, absolutely LOVED it. 

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I most certainly would.  I think The Great Unexpected is just the being of many great books from Dan Mooney!


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Dan Mooney is an amateur filmmaker and air traffic controller, and a friend to many cats. He wrote his first piece of fiction for a child-operated local newspaper at age ten and has been writing ever since. He lives in Ireland.

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