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Thursdays in the Park [Kindle Edition]

Hilary Boyd
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Called “a warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life” (Daily Telegraph), Thursdays in the Park was a runaway best-seller in the united Kingdom. Boyd’s debut novel is a touching, romantic tale of new attraction and old loyalties.
Jeanie is on the brink of turning sixty, and the man she’s been married to for more than half of her life has suddenly abandoned the marital bed. When Jeanie’s husband George retreats from his conjugal duties, she is deeply hurt and very confused: Has she done something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? Her pained bewilderment turns to anger as he remains unable, or unwilling, to provide answers. The bright spot of Jeanie’s week is Thursday, the day she takes her granddaughter to the park. There, one day, she meets Ray — age-appropriate, kind-hearted, easygoing, and downright sexy. In short, he is everything that George is not. As her relationship with Ray begins to blossom and she begins to think that her life might hold in store a bold second act, she begins to wonder if she has the courage to take a step off the precipice of routine and duty and into the swirling winds of romance.

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Jeanie Lawson runs a modestly successful health food store in London and has been married for more than 30 years. Her husband, George, is looking forward to retiring to the country, but as Jeanie turns 60, she’s not quite ready to be put out to pasture. Plus, moving to the country would mean less time with her granddaughter, Ellie, whom she takes to the park once a week while Ellie’s difficult artist father prepares for an exhibition. On those Thursdays in the park, she meets Ray, who is there with his grandson, Dylan. After the first few awkward meetings, Jeanie and Ray begin to form a connection beyond their grandchildren. As her marriage crumbles under George’s determination to sell Jeanie’s shop and move—and his failure to stiff-upper-lip away past trauma—Jeanie is far too tempted by Ray. This first novel is heartfelt without being angst-ridden and full of likable characters (even the unlikable ones warm up), and readers of women’s fiction will relate to Jeanie. A warm, tender novel about a woman finally finding a place of her own. --Susan Maguire


“[A] . . . tender and intriguing love story.... Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life and better than Trollope at jokes.” —The Daily Mail
“Puts the ‘sex’ back into ‘sexagenarian.” —The Times

"A must read." —AARP
“A warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life.” —Daily Telegraph

“A sincere tale of late-in-life love. . . . Boyd’s delicate rendering of Jeanie’s interior grounds the novel, and readers will root for her to finally get her own. . . . A poignant love story featuring refreshing characters in their 60s.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A poignant portrait of a stale marriage and the ties that bind couples together.” —Chicklit Club

"Beautifully written . . .The characters are like your sister or best friend. You can relate to them and feel everything just like you are right there in the story. . . (Hilary Boyd) completely wraps you in. This book is a must read for women of any age." - Two Classy Chics

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1623650968
  • Publisher: Quercus (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple concept, great read November 12, 2012
With its floral pattern and enticing cover Thursdays in the Park promised to be an uplifting read, but yet the backcover blurb suggested only a simplistic romance offering nothing with any real bite. However, very quickly Hilary Boyd's narrative captured my imagination and I realised that her first novel was so much more than it seemed. The concept is simple: a married woman falls in love with a handsome stranger and soon realises that her marriage is a sham. But Boyd interweaves complex issues of child abuse, depression and betrayal to captivate the reader's mind and heart.

Boyd lets you see the world through 60-year-old Jeanie's eyes and reminds you that retirement offers freedom, not the end of the line. Her portrayal of the first true romance of Jeanie's life will captivate both single and married women as her writing instantly takes you back to those moments of true passion that blocked out everything else in the world. This is a story of family responsibilities, true love and life after the big 60.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For timid grandmothers only November 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this is book is top of the Kindle fiction charts on Amazon UK, I hadn't thought about reading it until it was mentioned by a journalist in her column in a national newspaper. From her comments I received the impression that this was the story of a grandmother who engaged in wild love making in the park, thereby causing general mayhem and throwing old age pension style caution into the nearest recycling bin. I immediately downloaded it. Only to discover that Jeannie, the grandmother in 'Thursdays in the park' isn't like that at all. Anyway I read the book. It was very thoughtful and deeply felt but a bit too downbeat for my taste. A good book for anyone interested in the complex entanglements of family relationships analysed in great detail. Grandmother Jeannie lacked the rebellious nature I was hoping for.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where has this author been all my life??? January 12, 2014
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Jeanie has been a loving wife to George for over thirty years, a devoted mother to their daughter and, recently, an adoring grandmother – all this despite the fact that several years ago, George withdrew from their marital bed with no reason given. At first Jeanie was determined to confront him, but days rolled into weeks, then years, and still she has no idea why it happened. Did she do something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? George won’t talk about it. Every Thursday, Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park, and there she meets Ray, who performs the same weekly duty for his grandson. Ray seems to be everything George isn’t – a listener, easy to talk to, open-minded – and sexy. Suddenly Jeanie feels attractive again and, against her will, finds herself falling in love with him. She knows all too well that her new passion threatens everything she holds dear. She must make a choice. Family ties, dramas, secrets and lies all weave their way though this beautiful and insightful first novel written by an author who has the perfect experience to write it.

I loved this book!! I had no idea I would like it so much!! I loved Jeannie, I felt as if her family were a bunch of turds and I couldn't wait for her to get rid of them. I loved Boyd's writing and I couldn't help thinking the whole time, how could I be a reader for 38 years and never have come across anything yet of her's? I MUST change that!!! Read this book, it will be a surprise to you as to why her husband had stopped sleeping with her, but also you will think about your own life, even if everyone in your life aren't turds!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE NEVER COMES TOO LATE! October 1, 2013
As with many things in life, you are drawn to something for a variety of reasons. In the case of a book, some are drawn to it by the title, some because of an attractive cover and yet some by an enticing blurb/teaser.

I am drawn to this particular book for two reasons - the beautiful floral pattern of the cover and the title of the book. The book blurb put me off as late-in-life love story is not my-kind-of-thing. Yet, I was so taken in by the story that I found it difficult to put down. It is a tender love story that seems to hum melodious tunes.

Thursday in the Park by Hilary Boyd, published by Quercus (October 2013) takes you to the world of people in their 60s when they can still feel young enough to give a shot at love. The story reminds readers that the big 60 is not the end of life but only the gateway to freedom. The story of Jeanie's first true love at what many considers a ripe old age is certain to capture the hearts and minds of old and young readers alike.

Hilary Boyd also interweaves issues like depression, abuse, betrayal to make the story captivating. A simple narrative with an engaging storyline supplemented by adorable characters keeps one glued to the very end.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Quercus
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623650968
ISBN-13: 978-1623650964

HILARY BOYD grew up in London. Educated at Roedean, an all-girls boarding school in Sussex, she went on to become a nurse and marriage counselor. In her 30s, she went back to school to earn a degree in English Literature from London University. After graduating, she became a health journalist, writing a Mind, Body, Spirit column for the Daily Express.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read!
This was a very realistic and enjoyable novel. It focused on an older woman who was sadly, emotionally abandoned by her husband 10 years ago. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Deborah Spendley
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
Nice to read a book with mature adults finding love instead of the typical stories with twenty+ year olds with foul mouths and detailed sex acts.
Published 1 day ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I loved the book because it was about finding love and happiness late in life. It is about not having to settle with being comfortable but going out and living life.
Published 2 days ago by Imogene B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good incomplete life...and choices...
One can readily see why there are so many positive reviews of ‘Thursdays in the Park’.

An easy read, by your bedside, it is the story of Jeanie…her marriage to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by An Educated Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful...
Excellent writing, and beautifully told story of a marriage unraveling. I didn't want it to end. I wish there was a sequel!
Published 3 days ago by Debra Berkner
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Predictable
I knew almost from page one how this book would end but I read it anyway. If you like reading romance novels, you will like this book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Louise Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved this. A little different from the usual romantic formula and well written! I will look for more from this author.
Published 5 days ago by A. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars very nice story
Very much enjoyed the story line. Love can be found at any age,. Would recommend ad a nice vacation read.
Published 5 days ago by Rebecka Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, laughter, tears and Love.
The sadness of ten years of marriage without closeness made me ache. Ms. Boyd wrote such a compelling story of reclaiming a vibrant and happy love life through all the angst of the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Bonnie Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Maybe because I'm that age bracket ... I thought it was a good read. The author had you guessing at times. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MightyMo
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