Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he's going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.
A new relationship couldn't have come at a better time - her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. Friendships are fading, ex-boyfriends are moving on and, worse, everyone's moving to the suburbs. There's no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who's caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing in slow-motion into dementia.
Five Star Review
If this was theatre there would be a period of prolonged applause during which I'd join the audience and rise to my feet.
This book is intelligent, gritty and filled with raw emotion. It is a book every woman should read regardless of their age.
Daring - it voices the thoughts women have when left alone but are afraid to say out loud. I'm so glad it's discussed here as it's important women know there are others that feel the same way.
Strongly feminist in its tones, it does not dismiss or ridicule the search for love. I found this so refreshing why can't we be both.
There were times I felt like crying yet I'd laugh further down the page but most of all I identified with Nina's journey. Sometimes through episodes in my own life and sometimes through the eyes of my daughters.
When a book makes you want to jump up and applaud you know its something very special. Share this with your friends, your daughters and your sons.