Call Of The Penguins by Hazel Prior

Call of the Penguins


A delightfully feel-good new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Away With the Penguins – sure to become a firm favourite with readers!

Meet the heroine everyone’s talking about . . .

Fiercely resilient and impeccably dressed, Veronica McCreedy has lived an incredible 87 years. Most of them alone, in her huge house by the sea. But Veronica has recently discovered a late-life love for family and friendship, adventure and wildlife.

More specifically, a love for penguins!

And so when she’s invited to co-present a wildlife documentary, far away in the southern hemisphere, she jumps at the chance. Even though it will put her in the spotlight, just when she thought she would soon fade into the wings.

Perhaps it’s never too late to shine?

My thoughts

I loved Away With The Penguins and although I really wanted a follow up book, when it happened I worried I wouldn’t love it as much. However this is another absolutely charming read. It opens after Veronica’s exploits on Locket Island in the first book became a bit of an internet sensation. Her new relationship with grandson, Patrick, and his girlfriend, Terry, have opened her up to emotions that she thought were long gone. And young Daisy, now holidaying with Veronica to recover from a round of chemotherapy, is also bringing new perspectives to Veronica’s life.
Veronica gets the opportunity to feature in a television documentary and Daisy is included in the trip. The story alternates between Veronica’s, Patrick’s, and Terry’s POV so we get an inside look at where misunderstandings are happening and the consequences. A big part of the story involves Patrick being dispatched to the US to find out more about the man Veronica loved and lost and who was Patrick’s father.
There are some twists and turns in this book which I wasn’t expecting since the first book was so straight forward and charming and funny. They add an extra dimension, but there is still plenty of humour, along with some powerful ecological messages. These did come across as a bit preachy at times, but certainly got the point across.
Veronica is one of my favourite fictional characters. Long may she reign!

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