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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,006 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilary Boyd Narrator: Joanna David Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781623653576
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In this 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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • A must read. AARP
  • [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 â??sex' back into â??sexagenarian. The Times
  • 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
  • A warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life. Daily Telegraph
  • “Puts the ‘sex’ back into ‘sexagenarian.’”

    Times (London)

  • 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
  • “A warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “[A] tender and intriguing love story…Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life and better than Trollope at jokes.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A sincere tale of late-in-life love…Boyd’s delicate rendering of Jeanie’s interior grounds the novel…A poignant love story featuring refreshing characters in their 60s.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the October 2013 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe Theaker | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed this and it's left me struggling to find my next book. A true love story that I couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Paramor | 1/16/2014

    " Lovely story...I am sure many middle aged women can relate to this story. We all need a Ray lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 1/15/2014

    " Loved it, another one I read in one Sunday as I couldn't out it down. Very interesting exploring marriage and relationships at around age 60. Recommend!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/7/2014

    " This was only 20p on Amazon, I think it was sold as chick lit for the over 50s, I enjoyed it anyway! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ev | 1/6/2014

    " Easy to read story of senior citizen romance (ie people of my age) BUT lacks any oomph. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 12/22/2013

    " Really engaging story, well worth a read. Highly recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/11/2013

    " Recommended by my daughter I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters believable and liked the way Hilary Boyd spun the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Holbrook | 9/13/2013

    " Interesting plot, I couldn't put it down. Slightly annoying at times - 'will she/won't she' pushed to the limit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivienne Dunn | 9/13/2013

    " I picked this book as I had a couple of reviews saying it was good. I enjoyed the storyline although the ending somewhat predictable. The storyline was a rather romantic view of life but still at 99p for a kindle version it was fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Cundy | 9/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this a lot :) It was a good easy book to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivienne | 8/25/2013

    " Really enjoyed this particularly the aspect when women of a certain age put herself first and broke free of what was expected of her... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Davies | 5/19/2013

    " I had to stop reading this book. I really didn't like the writing. Sorry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 5/5/2013

    " I do like reading chick-lit once in a while for easy, quick and funny reading, but this really really bored me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 5/5/2013

    " It took a long time to read this book, there wasn't much to the story, nothing that made me want to keep picking the book up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 4/12/2013

    " Easy read, had some dark issues amongst the totally predictable love story, would be ideal for holiday read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie Carrett | 4/7/2013

    " I'm too young too appreciate the mind of a 60 year old woman. Maybe I'll read again in 30 years time....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayleigh | 3/17/2013

    " Very easy read, fairly interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Healan | 2/24/2013

    " Proper chick lit but enjoyable read :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha Kelly | 2/12/2013

    " An alright read but I ave read better chick lits. The ideas were good but the story didn't really seem to be fluid enough for you to immerse yourself and become attached to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/10/2013

    " A bit boring and the main character was too wet. "

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About the Author

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 thirties, 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. She has published several nonfiction books on health-related subjects such as depression, step-parenting, and pregnancy. She has been writing novels in her spare time for twenty years. Hilary is married to film director and producer Don Boyd. She has three daughters and lives in London.

About the Narrator

Joanna David is a highly acclaimed actress whose theater credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Ghost Train Tattoo, and The Deep Blue Sea. On television, she was the second Mrs. de Winter in the BBC’s Rebecca, while among her other credits are Foyle’s War, The Forsyte Saga, The Glass, Dalziel and Pascoe, Midsomer Murders, and A Dance to the Music of Time.