How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

Veronica McCreedy, Book 1

Synopsis: 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, comes 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.

Review: I was quite intrigued by the novel and if I didn’t know what to expect, I had a great time.

Veronica is not an easy woman. At 86 years old, she is determined to find out what happened to her missing son and she discovers that she has a grandson, Patrick. A second chance for her to finally have a family? But her encounter with this twenty-year-old boy is far from what she had expected. She is even disappointed! Deciding to find a new hobby, she’s going to leave no choice to a group of scientists in Antarctica and go live with them for a month to take care of the penguins.

This was a very nice story of rebuilding, of a family rediscovering itself. I had a great time with Veronica and Patrick. I saw that there was a sequel, and I’m very curious to see the characters again!


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