08 July 2019

The Great Unexpected | Book Review + Giveaway


A curmudgeon and his eccentric new roommate join together to plan an epic escape in this charming, poignant tale.

Joel lives in a nursing home, and he’s not one bit happy about it. He hates being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to take his pills. He’s fed up with life and begins to plan a way out when his new roommate, a retired soap opera actor named Frank, moves in and turns the nursing-home community upside down.

Though the two men couldn’t be more opposite, a fast friendship is formed when Frank is the only one who listens to and stands up for Joel. When he tells Frank about his burgeoning plan, they embark together on a mission to find the perfect escape, and along the way will discover that it’s never too late for new beginnings.

Filled with colorful characters, sparkling humor and deep emotion, The Great Unexpected is the story of friendship, finding oneself later in life and experiencing newfound joy in the most unexpected places.

Publisher: Park Row
Release Date: June 25, 2019


Curmudgeonly Joel Monroe is not a fan of his life in Hilltop Nursing Home. While determining to end his life, a new roommate moves in. Frank Adams (or de Selby, his stage name) could not be more different than Joel, yet the two strike up an unlikely friendship. They embark on plotting and adventuring, contemplating the past and understanding the present. 

Dan Mooney writes The Great Unexpected with great humor and emotion. From beginning to end, the characters feel genuine, and they charmed me into plenty of smiles and even a few tears. It’s a heartwarming story, and I highly recommend it to the interested reader.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Dan Mooney is an amateur filmmaker and air traffic controller, and a friend to many cats. He wrote his first piece of fiction for a child-operated local newspaper at age ten and has been writing ever since. He lives in Ireland.




  1. This definitely sounds like an emotional read from a point of view I've never encountered in the books I've read. Thanks for the chance!

  2. I can't wait to read this one, I have a thing for grumpy old men. Which I don't mean that in the way that it sounds. HAHA! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  3. Sounds interesting and I would enjoy reading. Best wishes.