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- Print Length: 266 pages
- Publication Date: May 11, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D1MYF27
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The Sensual Retire by Gordon Smith is a delightful story of aging and how to do it gracefully. I couldn’t put it down.
As with his first book, Gordon sets both a mood and an insight to senior citizens in his opening chapter, ‘The Interview’ which sets the tone for this new direction: ‘It was a typical winter’s day on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. There was a sea breeze blowing, and the sky was clear. The expected maximum temperature was forecast to be 22° C (71°, Fahrenheit). The weekly free newspaper was on the table in the dining room. Above the headlines was a box proclaiming that in a fortnight’s time it would be Seniors Week, a time to honour our senior citizens. Joan was looking out of her window, and out over the sea where she could see a cruise ship gracefully travelling south. Her mind started to drift back to the last cruise she had been on when the phone startled her. Reluctantly, she picked the handset up and answered. “Good morning, this is Joan speaking.” The voice on the other end indicated that there was a woman from the local newspaper, in reception that would like to have a chat and a cup of tea with her. “Oh, could you give me a minute to freshen up and then send up to me. We will meet in the visitor's lounge.” It didn’t take long for Joan to make herself presentable. Joan always ensured that she had her lipstick on and was dressed before she left her room to go to breakfast. Irrespective of her age, she believed that every woman should always look her best when in public, although you would hardly describe the dining room as “public.” The young woman entered and introduced herself. “Good morning, my name is Beverly. I work as a journalist with the weekly newspaper.” “And what can I do for you, Beverly,” Joan answered. “Next week, as you probably know, is Seniors week. In the past, our paper has devoted a fair amount of space promoting activities around Seniors Week. This time, I want to write a feature story about older people living, really living! Not surviving, but instead, living. I want to write an article about spending later years and enjoying life.”
Gordon’s excellent synopsis places the journey’s map before us – ‘Joan embarks on an epic Australian caravan holiday with her husband Phil, after he retires, which is also the moment she discovers new sexuality and enjoys her life to the fullest. Unfortunately, that’s when disaster strikes, and she needs to sell her home and buys into a retirement village by the sea. In this new environment, she forms friendships with three other senior women, about whom she soon discovers that their zest for life and actions are far from the usual of the people their ages. While aboard a cruise with Melody, her lifelong friend, they strike up a friendship with one of the male passengers, who wants a physical relationship while Joan is not interesting in nothing of the sorts. Back at the village, they both eventually engage in an intimate relationship, but that doesn’t last for too long. Follow the amazing story of a retired nun, a gay Hollywood producer and the lovers that enter their lives in a dazzling array of events, miss happens and love affairs that are way beyond the main character’s age range. Joan’s story starts in her mid-sixties and ends in her early nineties, as we learn that some women's sexual interests don’t always diminish with age.’
Gordon enters a new avenue theme and he pulls it off so well that we can only hope he will add to this repertoire choice. Recommended. Grady Harp, May 18