Bubby: Sissy is sitting here glaring at me because of the title of this post. I personally feel that women of a certain age are my favorite women of all – like my mom-in-law, some of my older sisters-in-law, my Aunt Rose, and so many others. I don’t know if Sissy is old enough to be in this classification but obviously SHE thinks she is and it makes her grumpy.
Sissy: I’m not grumpy at all. I’m glowing with the light of eternal youth and you know that I’m all in favor of middle-aged protagonists and senior love stories.
Bubby: Yes, I’m still trying to erase the memory of “seniors have passionate encounters too!” from my brain…
Sissy: The grumpy look was because I was thinking of all the ageists who believe that after you turn 40 you become so gnarled, dry, and crinkly that you have no capacity for burning love and your kisses are like a mouthful of prunes and turkey neck skin. Therefore, I rejoice when we find a good book that features heroines who have lived longer than five minutes. First and foremost I’d like to talk about Miss Dreamsville and The Heiress of Collier County by Amy Hill Hearth (original review here). Even though the main protagonist is younger, there is a whole cast of characters with a bit of age to them. With a very intriguing storyline and a huge dose of southern sass and humor, Miss Dreamsville and The Heiress of Collier County is a book for you and your grandma too.
Bubby: The Sound of Glass by Karen White is a multi-generational story with women of all ages, from Grandma Edith to young mother Merritt. They’re all fierce, strong, loving women who are fighting for what’s right even when circumstances are stacked against them. Since one of the main topics is domestic violence, I had a tough time reading The Sound of Glass at first, but the payoff at the end (complete with a massive plot twist that I DID NOT see coming) was totally worth it. (Original review here).
Sissy: A French Pirouette by Jennifer Bohnet features not one, not two but three “women of a certain age” (Original review here). You know how a lot of YA books are tagged as “coming of age” stories? A French Pirouette is more like a coming of a different age story; when you’ve finished your career or the kids have moved out and you’re beginning something new. Still healthy and vital, still capable of finding new love but facing different challenges than ever before. A French Pirouette was a delightful read along the lines of Maeve Binchy (another woman who did fabulous things at a certain age). Plus it’s set in the amazing French countryside, where I’d like to go immediately!
Bubby: We just barely reviewed A Pain in the Tuchis (here) but it’s worth revisiting because Mrs. Kaplan and her sidekick Ida are what I want to be when (if) I grow up. They are not old crotchety fogies but rather vibrant elderly women whose brains are sharp as tacks. And they’re dang funny. There’s even a chance of romance blooming between Ida and Motorcycle Moishe. Who says old age is boring?
Sissy: Next up is The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot (a fabulous woman of a certain age whose bio reads like a fascinating tale all on its own!). A Multi-generational tale, The Amber Keeper (original review here) tells the story of young Abbie in the Lake District of England in the 1960’s, her mother and her tragic life, and her grandmother, who as a young woman had to flee from the turmoil of the Russian revolution. This sweeping saga is so interesting and engaging it will capture any adult reader, whether of a certain age or not. In fact, all of these books are great choices for your mom, your aunt, your grandma, your friend or as a special treat for yourself. Long live “women of a certain age”!
Click HERE to buy Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County by Amy Hill Hearth
Click HERE to buy The Sound of Glass by Karen White
Click HERE to buy A French Pirouette by Jennifer Bohnet
Click HERE to buy A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark Reutlinger
Click HERE to buy The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot