The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

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"Martha Andersson may be seventy-nine-years-old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends—Brains, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners)—won’t stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere. Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker’s length ahead if it’s going to succeed…. Told with all the insight and humor of A Man Called Ove or Where’d You Go Bernadette?, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a delightful and heartwarming novel that goes to prove the adage that it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years" - Amazon
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016
Edition: 1st U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062447975
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bradbury, Rod - Translator


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Sep 21, 2017

This was a refreshing read and so well done. I loved how it had a nice flow from beginning to end. It had great character development with growth leading up to a big finale of emotions. I loved that it showed being old is not a curse and you can do whatever you set your mind to. I also enjoyed that it was not over the top humor but very witty and at times adds to the mood of the story. I strongly recommend this book for a light read and if your not expecting to put to much thought into it.

LaughingOne Sep 05, 2014

I don't know what retirement homes in Sweden are like but the one in this book started off good when the five friends moved into it, and then got worse and worse when ownership changed and the new owners wanted to make more money. It makes sense to me that Martha and her friends want change. What they do to have that change is entertaining, amusing, not very believable. I enjoyed the ideas they came up with and what worked or didn't work. Some reviewer called it a farce; I can see that. It's a bit slow at times but, overall, it is a fun read. The cover art does not reflect the contents of the book.

Bierlingen May 24, 2014

This interesting title belies the slow moving storytelling. Possibly some of the supposed humour has been lost in the translation from Swedish to English. A good bedtime read since it tends to bring on sleepiness....nothing very thought provoking really happens here.


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