Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the release of The Big Finish! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation!

About the Book:

Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home.

Meet Josie, a desperate young woman who climbs through his window.

Together, they’re going to learn it’s never too late—or too early—to change your ways.

For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, he’s destined for the roach-infested nursing home down the road—and after wasting the first eighty-eight years of his life, he refuses to waste away for the rest. So, he keeps his shenanigans to the bare minimum with the help of his straight-laced best friend and roommate, Carl Upton.

But when Carl’s granddaughter Josie climbs through their bedroom window with booze on her breath and a black eye, Duffy’s faced with trouble that’s sticking around and hard to hide—from Centennial’s management and Josie’s toxic boyfriend. Before he knows it, he’s running a covert operation that includes hitchhiking and barhopping.

He might as well write himself a one-way ticket to the nursing home…or the morgue. Yet Duffy’s all in. Because thanks to an unlikely friendship that becomes fast family—his life doesn’t boil down the same anymore. Not when he finally has a chance to leave a legacy.

In a funny, insightful, and life-affirming debut, Brooke Fossey delivers an unflinching look at growing old, living large, and loving big, as told by a wise-cracking man who didn’t see any of it coming.

My Thoughts:

To be honest, I was a little scared of this book, even though it’s quoted as being humorous and delightful. I was worried the old curmudgeon in assisted living, Duffy, would be a lot like my dear dad. I’m so grateful I read The Big Finish because it’s full of heart, even if it does hit close to home in some ways (and my dad isn’t really that curmudgeonly!).

Duffy wants nothing more than to stay in assisted living and OUT of the unkempt nursing home down the street. At eighty-eight years old, he has living left to do. His best friend is Carl, who also happens to be his roommate.

Carl’s granddaughter, Josie, arrives through their bedroom window one night, drunk and with a black eye. Duffy has found trouble, or she has found him, and he has to keep it all hidden from the management at the assisted living. Again, he’s worried he’ll be kicked out.

This is such a sweet and humor-filled story, and I’m so grateful Brooke Fossey told it. I’ll never forget my time spent with Duffy, Josie, and Carl, and it’s a great escape. Don’t miss it if you are looking for one, too!

I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Brooke Fossey was once an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance before she traded it all in for motherhood and writing. She’s a past president and an honorary lifetime member of DFW Writers’ Workshop. Her work can be found in numerous publications, including Ruminate Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly. When she’s not writing, you can find her in Dallas, Texas with her husband, four kids, and their dog Rufus. She still occasionally does math.

Have you read The Big Finish, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR