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‘Women Of A Dangerous Age’ by Fanny Blake

‘You’re going to India?’ Fiona had sounded as if Lou was about to enter a dark labyrinth: fraught with danger and quite unsuitable.

‘Yes, I am.’ As she spoke, Lou had realised that was exactly what she was going to do. Going away would absolve her from all the problems of Christmas at home. She would escape from Hooker, their three children and her matchmaking friends who seemed to pursue their goal with an untimely and unwelcome fervour.

Instead, she would separate the last thirty years of her life from the next thirty by getting out of the country – on her own.


The title of this book gives away much of the plot, but I am curious to know just how dangerous this woman can get !!

The synopsis for this book attracted quite a lot of comment, from those of you who visited and read the post.

I suspect that these first few lines are going to fuel more speculation about whether Lou has totally lost the plot, or whether she really will benefit from getting away from her family and friends !!


Would the first few lines of your book make you want to read on?

If so, would you like to share them with us, (without revealing too many spoilers of course) ?

 Click on the link and visit Gilion @ Rose City Reader

You can then leave a link to your own book beginnings post, or just browse for some great reads, there are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered.

Don’t forget that Gilion and all the other contributors to this meme love to hear from you, so why not leave a comment or two at the same time.


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  • Hmm… just read the synopsis. My guess is… well I won’t say… I expect you’re there well ahead of me. Dying to read your review when you’ve finished.

    Enjoying my Katie Fforde but there are things about it I’m not mad about so will definitely blog about this one.

    • Hi Cath,

      I am not sure that there are going to be any great surprises in this story …. but who knows!! … and I am sure that there will be plenty of ups and downs along the way, so there should be some fun moments to look forward to.

      I have to say that I have never tried any Katie Fforde, but I’ll see how I get along with this book first. I am not wild about anything too akin to ‘chicklit’, if I do go for a slightly humorous read, I prefer it to have a mystery/suspense theme.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated, take care.

    • Hi Eva,

      From those first few lines, I think that I am going to quite enjoy the style of writing, however I am hoping that the storyline isn’t going to be too predictable and that there is going to be a bit of drama and suspense somewhere along the way.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to hear from you.

    • Hi Laurel Rain,

      I guess that Lou has stuck things out for the last 30 years for the sake of her children and that now they are all grown up, she feels that she can move on with her own life.

      I am not so sure that leaving them all behind over Christmas is a particularly nice thing to do, however getting away from interfering friends at that time of year, probably does have some real appeal!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always valued.

    • Hi Chris,

      If it is something that you really want to do, then you should go for it.

      Opportunities like that just weren’t available when I was younger, unless you came from a wealthy family and even then overseas travel, especially to somewhere like India, would have been a very big deal.

      I am not sure that the character of Lou should be thinking of going off on this trip alone though, although I know plenty of women of her rough age, who wouldn’t think twice about it these days!

      Thanks for stopping by, some great comments and always appreciated.

    • Hi Jo,

      I’ll put my hand up to having thoughts like that, but I could never see me being serious about it, unlike Lou in the story, who seems so definite about it all. I certainly admire her bravery in trying to make a clean break from everything, even if she is a little selfish in cutting her children out. Let’s just hope that she doesn’t live to regret it!!

      Thanks for adding some great points to the discussion.

  • It sounds like a lot of fun!

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings on Fridays. I’d like to drum up some more participants, and one idea I had was this: if you are on Twitter, please tweet a link to your post using the has tag #BookBeginnings. Maybe in connection with #FridayReads, if you participate in that twitter event. Thanks!

    • Hi Gilion,

      I am sure that this story is going to provide a whole host of different emotions, with humour playing quite a part in the whole thing. I am also hoping for a plot with a bit of substance to it and of course, some great characterisations.

      I note your point about drumming up some more participants for the meme, so of course I will do as you suggest when I ‘tweet’ my post on a Friday. There are just so many different memes out there right now, that we need to actively find converts to ‘Book Beginnings’, so I will do anything I can to help.

      Thanks for hosting, I hope that you enjoy your current book and have a good weekend.

    • Hi Bev,

      There is no indication in any of the ‘teasers’ I have so far posted about the book, just what made Lou think of going to India, but it is certainly not a place that I would pluck from mid-air to make a random, last minute visit to!!

      I have a hunch where this whole story is leading and if I am right, then we are in for a few fireworks along the way.

      Thanks for the contribution to my post, I love to receive your comments and please rest assured, they are always appreciated.

  • I added this to my list of “to reads” after seeing it on one of your Mailbox Monday posts. Now the first lines make me want to read it even more. It has me very curious to see if going to India was a good decision or not.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I should be able to get started on this book sometime next week, which is quite good as I have a few unanswered questions of my own.

      I also wonder whether the trip to India is such a good idea, especially travelling alone. Also the notion that she almost appears to be blaming her children as much as her husband for the state of her marriage, given that she is quite prepared to leave them alone over Christmas is quite baffling.

      She seems to have become quite selfish, although I suspect that India is going to reveal more secrets that she probably would rather not have known about.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I guess that in this instance the dangerous age is probably middle age, judging by the fact that she talks about leaving her three children behind as well as her husband.

      I like this idea she seems to have about separating the two halves of her life, by taking the trip to India. I guess that things are not destined to turn out as she had hoped and it sounds as though there may be some ‘fur and feathers flying’ at some point in time!

      Strange, but this time your comment went into my ‘moderation’ box and it has never done that before … hopefully I don’t have a problem with the site.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that the ‘boys’ first day in business is a big success.

  • I do like that tidbit 🙂 I wonder if getting out of the country will help her. Running away from problems is not usually a good thing.
    I look forward to your review!

    • Hi Naida,

      This book is next on my list to read, so that should be sometime this week.

      I don’t really think that running away is going to solve many problems for Lou, especially when she meets her new ‘best friend’ Ali, whilst she is in India.

      I think I can see where this storyline is heading and it certainly isn’t going to be all plain sailing for either of the women, if I am right!!

      It all sounds a bit drastic when you need, not just to leave the town or county, but to leave the country, to escape your interfering family and friends !!

      As always, thanks for the great comments, they are much appreciated.

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