• by Lily Iona MacKenzie
  • Narrated by Anna Crowe
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is it possible to come of age at 60 or 90? Is it ever too late to fulfill your dreams? When 90-year-old Bubbles receives a letter from Mexico City asking her to pick up her mother's ashes, lost there 70 years earlier and only now surfacing, she hatches a plan. A woman with a mission, Bubbles convinces her hippie daughter Feather to accompany her on the quest. Both women have recently shed husbands, and have a secondary agenda: they'd like a little action. And they get it.
Alternating narratives weave together Feather and Bubbles' odyssey. The two women head south from Canada to Mexico, where Bubbles' long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, enlivening the narrative with their hilarious antics. In Mexico, where reality and magic co-exist, Feather gets a new sense of her mother, and Bubbles' quest for her mother's ashes - and a new man - increases her zest for life. Unlike most women her age, fun-loving Bubbles takes risks, believing she's immortal. She doesn't hold back in any way, eating heartily and lusting after strangers, exulting in her youthful spirit. Has Bubbles discovered a fountain of youth that everyone can drink from?


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Customer Reviews

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Madness in Mexico.

I enjoyed the image of Mexico presented in this audiobook, it was painted as a somewhat ethereal place, with otherworldly customs. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I didn't enjoy much else.

The narrator was extremely irritating, with emphasis on all the wrong words - I'm prepared to think this may be because I speak English English, rather than American English, but I don't usually have a problem with American narrators.

The story itself started out well, with Bubbles, a sprightly ninety year-old, receiving a letter informing that her mother's ashes had turned up in Mexico, and could she please collect them. She persuades her daughter, Feather, a sculptor, to take her to Mexico, where Feather was planning a summer retreat with her art.

I just couldn't think of Bubbles as the mother because it seemed too young a name, so I kept mixing her and Feather up, but I was still on board at this stage. It was when Bubbles' mother, grandmother and grandfather suddenly turned up out of the blue that I lost my mojo. From then on I found it a confusing jumble of conversations and erratic behaviour that made little sense. It didn't help that one of these new characters was called Heather, which is easy to confuse with Feather while listening to an audiobook.

I can cope with a little magical realism, but sadly, this was just too much for me.
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- DubaiReader

Could get confusing

Any additional comments?

This book tells of the journey from Canada to Mexico by a mother and daughter to collect the grandmother's ashes. As the blurb says Granny comes back from the dead.
If the story had been left at that point with the three women having some surreal reunion/adventure down in Mexico it would have been enough, in my opinion, but somehow additional deceased family members arrived, and it just got a little too ridiculous.
Add in the constant jumps back to the past and how, where, why etc these people all came from and why they're the people they are now and it was just a bit too confusing to keep on top of.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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- Cornish Maid

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2016
  • Publisher: Lily Iona MacKenzie