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Mailbox Monday 25th June 2012

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MAILBOX MONDAY

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

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Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
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Your host for June 2012 is … Marie at Burton Book Review
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Marie, after all, we all like to receive them!
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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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‘WOMEN OF A DANGEROUS AGE’ by FANNY BLAKE

Lou and Ali are at that dangerous age when a woman considers what she already has, and decides what she really wants.

Lou has realised that she is married to a man who no longer loves her. Now that their children are grown, is it too late for her to make a fresh start and set up the business she has always wanted?

Ali is a serial mistress. But when her latest lover suggests that they move in together, she realises she wants more. But can she trust him to make that permanent committment?

When Lou and Ali become friends on a life-changing holiday in India they begin to learn just how much they have in common. But when a revelation shakes the growing bond between them, their courage and friendship is tested to the limit.

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Now that whole concept has me very worried, I wonder just exactly what age Fanny attributed to Lou and Ali as this ‘dangerous age’, when she wrote the book? …. or perhaps I am better off not knowing!!!!

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This contemporary fiction novel, was gifted as a request for me to read and leave my comments about, by Amy, over at publisher HarperCollins, and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Written by
Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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26 comments
    • Hi Naida,

      I think that I may have gone past that ‘Dangerous Age’, although it seems these days that, that age can last for many years!

      They say that youngsters don’t seem to stay together any more, but I see more and more of my 40 and 50 something friends, deciding to go out on their own and start new lives …

      I am sure this is going to be quite a fun read.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

    • Hi Mary,

      As I was just saying to the last commenter, I really think that this notion of a ‘Dangerous Age’ these days, starts about 20 and ends about 80!

      Sometimes it is good to think of all the things that I might have done with my life, had it turned out differently, but then I wouldn’t have had all good the experiences that I have enjoyed so much in my existing life .. and there have been so many of those!

      I already have my suspicions about where this story may be heading, but we shall just have to wait and see!!

      Thanks for the visit, it is always good to hear from you and your comments are always appreciated.

        • Hi Mary,

          I work with a variety of age groups, from those in their early 30’s to those well into their 70’s (almost exclusively female), and I am always astounded by the number of these women who decide to part company with their partners later in life.

          For those in their younger years, the challenges of raising a family, with all the ensuing committment that entails, obviously contributes to the idea of breaking up the family unit. However with those from the older generations, perhaps it is the reality of two people permanently sharing house space 24/7 after retirement that is so much of an issue.

          As for the likes of myself middle aged and obviously in this ‘dangerous age’ category, perhaps the grass just looks greener in someone else’s backyard??

          LOL !!

    • Hi Lucy,

      Thanks for deciding to stop by today. I love ‘meeting’ new people and I always appreciate your comments, so feel free to stop by any time and chat about whatever takes your fancy!

      If my suspicions about this story prove to be right, I suspect that Ali has definitely reached the danger point in her life and may be about to get more than she bargained for, in her friendship with Lou.

    • Hi Kaye,

      I can definitely see there being a humorous side to this storyline and I am looking forward to a light easy read, even if I can see many of my friends in the characters of Lou, Ali and not forgetting Lou’s fickle husband!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is a good one also.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Fanny is also the author of ‘What Women Want’, her debut novel and that has received some pretty amazing reviews, so I am hoping for good things from ‘Women Of A Dangerous Age’.

      The two storylines seem to gel together quite well, so Fanny has obviously found a niche, with plenty of available material to write about.

      I wonder if she has modelled any of the characters on some of her own friends and acquaintances?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Laurel Rain,

      As I was just discussing with Kathy, both of Fanny’s books have a similar theme running through them, both have great fun covers and both titles are pretty eye-catching …. ‘What Women Want’ followed by ‘Women Of A Dangerous Age’ …. who wouldn’t be curious enough to take a peek at them?

      Thanks for the visit, I always appreciate the time you take to stop by and comment.

    • Hi Harvee,

      I have my doubts about whether the friendship will still be that, by the end of the trip.

      I may have this completely wrong in my mind, so I am hoping to get to read the book very soon, just to find out one way or the other!

      I would have liked to have travelled to a few more far away corners of the world, including India, although I would probably only have wanted to spend a short time in each place, just to say that I had done it.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the great comments, I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I do like to read an eclectic mix of genres, so within reason, I do tend to enjoy most of what I read.

      This book sounds quite easy going and nothing too deep and meaningful, although it covers issues of morality which we all come into contact with on a daily basis. It will certainly be fun discovering how the two women decide to deal with the information they have.

      Thanks for visiting, your comments are always welcome.

  • bwahahaha on the dangerous age.. lol
    I am sure it can hit us at any time depending upon the current state of our fabulous hormones… & that whole statement about looking back can get a bit emotional on its own, which is an entire book in itself.

    • Hi Marie,

      I like the sound of blaming it all on our hormones.

      I have got to the age now, where I am blaming just about everything else on my hormones, so I am sure that my husband would be raising his eyebrows and saying something to the effect of ‘just one more thing to blame on the hormones’, or ‘oh no! not something else’

      Thanks for doing a great job of the last minute hosting in June.

    • Hi Vicki,

      Books about groups of women friends, seem to be the up and coming trend at the moment. This is not a genre that generally tempts me, however some of them are really well written and are not too ‘cheesy’ or overtly ‘chick lit’.

      I am so hoping that ‘Women Of a Dangerous Age’ fits into the ‘well written’ category and proves to be a good light hearted read.

      Thanks for leaving your comments today, I really appreciate them.

    • Hi Leslie,

      I don’t think that I could ever be bothered with thinking about living dangerously, it’s all just too much hassle!!

      A pedestrian, steady life, is good enough for me.

      Thanks for stopping by, your participation is much appreciated and always welcome.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have been reading so much stuff, that is not my ‘usual kind of read’, just lately.

      I must say that I am quite enjoying venturing out of my comfort zone, as the authors who are contacting me, are writing such diverse material, much of which is genuinely very good, and which I would probably never have thought to buy and read for myself.

      I am not a huge fan of ‘chick lit’, although to be fair, I have never really read any before, so I have no preconceived expectations from this book.

      I am loking forward to reading it though, as just the synopsis has provoked such a great discussion point.

      Thanks for stopping by and I am glad that you seem to be making some real progress with the health professionals!

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