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Sally Thorne

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the bestselling author of The Hating Game comes the clever, funny and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two elderly women - under the watchful eye of a beautiful young retirement home manager

From the bestselling author of The Hating Game comes the clever, funny and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two elderly women - under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager

Distraction (n): an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.

Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa's residents and maintaining the property (with assistance from DIY YouTube tutorials). Somewhere along the way, she's forgotten that she's young and beautiful, and that there's a world outside of work - until she meets the son of the property developer who just acquired the retirement centre.

Teddy Prescott has spent the last few years partying and generally not taking life too seriously - something his father, who dreams of grooming Teddy into his successor, can't understand. When Teddy needs a place to crash, his father seizes the chance to get him to grow up. He'll let Teddy stay in one of the on-site cottages at the retirement home, but only if he works to earn his keep. Teddy agrees - he can change a few lightbulbs and clip some hedges, no sweat.

But Ruthie also has plans for Teddy. Her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents have just placed an ad (yet another!) seeking a new personal assistant to torment. The women are ninety-year-old, four-foot-tall menaces, and not one of their assistants has lasted a full week. Offering up Teddy seems like a surefire way to get rid of the tall, handsome, unnerving man who won't stop getting under her skin.

Hilarious, warm, and romantic, Australia's Sally Thorne delivers an irrepressibly joyous celebration of love and community.

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