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Thursdays in the Park Paperback – October 1, 2013
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a great insight into the twisted way love can change our perception of ourselves. And you can be sixteen or sixty.Published 5 months ago by Auntie Boo
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