It’s nice to read a romance novel that features characters who are older than twenty-five, or even forty-five. And—shocker—these fifty-somethings are vibrant and sexy (mostly).
When Sunny Chanel’s long-term marriage fails, she picks herself up, moves back to the States from France and starts a new life. Determined not to be alone, and eager to convince herself she’s still desirable, Sunny throws herself into the online dating pool. Her experience with dating alternates between funny, cringeworthy and melancholy. She has to date a lot of frogs before she meets her prince. And even when she does, we’re not quite sure if they’ll be together in the end.
I found Sunny a very relatable character, one I could empathize with and cheer for. There’s lots of humor in this book including laugh-out-loud moments. But there’s also poignant scenes when we feel Sunny’s vulnerability. There’s nothing easy about starting over from scratch and Sunny makes her share of missteps along the way. But her journey is always entertaining.
I very much enjoyed Middle Ageish and highly recommend it.
Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look into dating in mid life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. Middle Ageish is her first book in the series Starting Over. Her character believes you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees.
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