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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

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"[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

"A must read."―AARP

"A poignant portrait of a stale marriage and the ties that bind couples together."―Chicklit Club

"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 warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life."―Daily Telegraph

"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

"Puts the â??sex' back into â??sexagenarian."―The Times
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623650968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623650964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Wright on behalf of BestChickLit.com
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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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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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Thursdays In the Park is a well written and remarkable debut novel. H. Boyd does a great job of highlighting issues of marriage, family, the effects of abuse, individual happiness and love, while developing the poignant story of Jeanie, Ray and George.

While this reader was pulling for a happier, fuller life for Jeanie, I felt very frustrated with her reluctance to stand up for herself when bullied and manipulated by her self-absorbed husband, George. This may have been due to her strict upbringing by an autocratic father and a mother who went along with his dictates. Of course, trying to decide whether to leave a marriage after 32 years, at the age of 60, would not be an easy choice for any woman to make.

Studies tell us that the abused often become abusers, themselves. George's treatment of Jeanie, while not physical, was, none-the-less, abusive. Granted, his own abuse as a young boy may have fed the need for total control but it is no excuse in the long run.

The relationship between Jeanie and Ray was totally understandable and believable. It was nice to see an older couple taking center stage for a change and being romantic and sexy as well.

I certainly enjoyed reading this novel and would not hesitate to recommend to others with a rating of 41/2 stars.
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Jeanie Lawson is turning 60. At her birthday party her husband makes a big speech about how she is the love of his life, they have been married 30 years, but the reader is wondering how that could be, as he left their marital bed 10 years prior with no explanation of why. Her husband just stopped lovemaking and walked away from their bed saying "I can't do this anymore," never to return. On the surface they seem like a perfect couple. Their daughter thinks they have a perfect marriage, everyone else does too, even Jeanie half-way agrees, but not Rita, her BFF.

Jeanie stayed with George and adjusted, because she thought she loved him, they were friends (as long as she did as he said) and he provided a "release" for her unspent energy by providing her with ownership of her own health store, a business she does, in fact, love running. Now George wants her to sell it, and their home, retire and move to the country, spend more time together, the last thing that Jeanie wants, but she has no back-bone. She tries to tell George she doesn't want to move or give up her business but he always gets what he wants. He is a manipulative and controlling person. How she could put up with him infuriated me. He keeps calling her "old girl" which Jeanie hates, but he does it anyway, intimating that it is a term of affection for the English, but it grates on Jeanie and the reader.

Then she meets Ray in the park, where she goes on Thursdays with her 2 year old granddaughter, and he goes with his 4 year old grandson. He is everything George isn't. Their friendship blossoms into the "real thing." Still Jeanie frustrates us readers by giving into whatever George wants.
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