In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird reports on all the fun, friendship, and fulfillment of his perfect retirement. But the truth is, Hubert has turned his back on the world and all his days drag on without him seeing a single soul—until he gets the news that his daughter is coming for a visit. Now Hubert has to make his real life resemble his fake one before the truth comes out, and in the process he stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a friendship, and gets roped into a community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all.
"With a winning main character, this absolutely heartwarming story unfolds with just enough surprises and heft to keep readers engaged. A natural choice for fans of Helen Simonson's Major Pettigrew's Last Stand or any of the myriad recent books about cranky men finding late-in-life joy."—Booklist