Keeping Time: From the hardcover edition: A heartfelt story of a widow’s journey from Liverpool to New York in search of her first love, and the mishaps and surprises that occur as she spends time with her extended family.
First of all, Daisy Phillips is tired of being treated like an old lady. Sure, there was that incident with the lawn mower and the mud. And she did get trapped at the top of a ladder. But that does not make her incapable of living on her own, as her
son Dennis seems to think.
In addition, now Dennis is pushing her to sell the family home in Liverpool and move into a retirement community.
Furthermore, to make matters worse, her best friend is going away for the summer and the new boss at the library politely informed her that her services as a volunteer are no longer needed. Is it any wonder that Daisy is feeling distressed?
But the unflappable Daisy won’t go down without a fight. What she needs is to boost her spirits is an adventure.
Hence, a long-forgotten watch found in a box in the basement provides the perfect start.
The watch belonged to her first love, an American soldier stationed in England during World War II.
With a decades-old Brooklyn address as her only clue, Daisy embarks on a trip to New York City with plans to track him down and return the valuable keepsake, and maybe get a peek at the life she might have had.
But first there is a haphazard family reunion, where she meets and settles in with her colorful American cousins on Long Island.
Elisabeth is the harried working mother who is engaged in a fashion battle with one of her five sons.
Richard, her attorney husband, might be taking his enthusiasm for the game of darts too far.
Their sullen teenage son Michael, is on the brink of failing all his final exams.
Though Elisabeth can barely keep up with the life she already has, she eagerly jumps on board with Daisy and her
quixotic quest, determined to help Daisy find her long-lost love. An adventure that holds surprises for all involved.
About the Author – Stacey McGlynn
Stacey McGlynn lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons. She holds an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Keeping Time was inspired by a real-life visit from her first-cousin-once-removed, Dot Nicholson of Liverpool, England.