|About the Book|
Sequel novella to Just Looking a top 5 finalist in the Kindle Best Indie Book Awards 2013 in short fiction.Alice fought her daughter against moving out of her own apartment to live in a retirement home. Although still unhappy, she has accepted herMoreSequel novella to Just Looking a top 5 finalist in the Kindle Best Indie Book Awards 2013 in short fiction.Alice fought her daughter against moving out of her own apartment to live in a retirement home. Although still unhappy, she has accepted her fate. She misses her old cat, Bella, but has found some unexpected bonuses--a new cat, and new friends. She has also found some bullies. When a new man moves in, Alice is attracted to him. But so is her new best friend, Ruby, and she saw him first.Lily is a surly, 15 year old who is sent to Sorrento Retirement Facilty by a judge for shoplifting. She and Alice have a rocky start with such huge gaps in age and world views. They may surprise each other.This story does not intend to make light of elderly people who are forced to leave their homes to live in retirement facilities. This story is about resilience and strength of character. Alice uses her sharp wit as she accepts her fate and makes the best of her new situation.Sample:Alice stood, clutching the table. “She has no idea who shes dealing with. Let’s go scope out her office.”They moved down the hall, past the womens red bathroom door on the left, the men’s blue door opposite. Alice held one side of Ruby’s walker with Henry on the other side. They turned the corner just as Melanie pulled her office door closed and walked toward the exit. Head bent, she spoke in whispered tones into her cell phone.Alice used her eyes to indicate, “Let’s go.” As they shuffled past the office door, the group moved into slow motion. Alice reached out her hand and tested the door handle as they glided past. She whispered, “It’s locked tighter than a face lift. Who knows how to pick a lock?”Henry and Alice looked at Ruby.“Why are you both looking at me? Well, okay, but I dont have a kit with me… I mean, I’ll need a couple of items.” She noticed her friend’s mouths as they hung open. “Don’t worry. I’ll go visit old Smurf in the other block. Hell have a kit. No burglar, I mean locksmith, would be without one. Wait for me in the lounge, and I’ll be back in a jiffy.”Alice and Henry walked in silence to the lounge and parked on the three-seater couch. When a woman with long silver hair tried to sit on the spare seat, Alice pulled a cushion onto it and said, “Sorry, there’s someone sitting there.”“Where?” The woman looked over the top of her tortoise shell spectacles. Youre a fruitcake. Her pink slippers shuffled across the carpet tiles as she moved away.“Get new glasses, said Alice. And I prefer chocolate cake. Remember that.”This novella is perfect if you have a few hours to spare. Approximately 20,000 words.