No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year ~ by Virginia Ironside, 2006, fiction
Marie Sharp may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads toward the big 6-0, but she is fine with it. This is a fictionalized diary of an older woman a decade or two past her prime and content to have it all behind her. She is approaching what she believes will be the most interesting period of her life, and just wants to enjoy her relationship with a new grandchild and a new gentleman friend.
I found this book among Donna's many, many books when I helped her sister clean out Donna's apartment. It has already been donated to the Crown Center Library (that Donna set up), and I have "checked it out" to read before putting it on the shelves. The "old lady" in this book is a couple of decades younger than I am now, and two of my children are older than she is. But it looks interesting. I'll let you know.
When Abby steps off the ferry and onto the isle of Kinlossay, she squeezes her daughter’s hand and prays this trip was not a mistake. For the last year she has been receiving letters from a mysterious stranger detailing every moment of his life on this rugged little island. Swept away by descriptions of buttercups dancing on rolling fields, his words were a lifeline to Abby, filling her grey life with color. But then, one day, the messages stopped.
Perhaps Abby should have forgotten about the man who gave her hope again, but she’s learned the hard way that she needs to make her own luck in life. She knows what she felt as she read those letters and she owes it to herself and her daughter to find out the truth. But what if the truth means discovering that nothing about the man she thought she knew is real? When the secret of the island is revealed, will Abby run home to safety, or stay and fight for the life her daughter deserves?
I finished After the Crash by Emma Davies (2021) yesterday, giving it a 10/10 rating. It was so compelling and irresistible that I could not put it down until I got to the very satisfying ending. I immediately wanted another by the same author and downloaded this one onto my Kindle. I hope I picked a good one.