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Thursdays in the Park

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,631 Ratings  ·  495 Reviews
Jeanie has been a loving wife to George for over thirty years, a devoted mother to their daughter and, recently, an adoring grandmother – all this despite the fact that several years ago, George withdrew from their marital bed with no reason given. At first Jeanie was determined to confront him, but days rolled into weeks, then years, and still she has no idea why it happe ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Quercus
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Karen Pine
Nov 19, 2012 Karen Pine rated it it was ok
OK cut me some slack, I'm on 'holiday' (cue trashy novel-reading behaviour) - and this was top of the Kindle list (and the last time I bought something from the top of the list it was Before I Go To Sleep and it was awesome) - so I dipped into the 'granny porn'. Whoever dubbed it that please note that two 60 year olds having sex and lines like 'their love-making was amazing' does NOT constitute granny porn. The granny in this book is supposed to be liberated and still in full possession of her m ...more
Angela Young
Dec 05, 2012 Angela Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isn't it strange that people (some people) think it strange that people older than 60 not only make love, but very much enjoy it? Isn't it strange that (some) people think it strange, or even downright revolting, that people older than 60 feel lustful or romantic or just plain madly in love ... ? But love, lust, sex, romance and falling in all of those things is not just the province of the youthful. It can happen at any age between any two people and thank goodness for Hilary Boyd for celebrati ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It's a very well-written page turner and, being over 60, I could identify with the main characters and the emotions described. I would recommend it whole-heartedly. I read it after hearing the author interviewed on the "Today" programme on BBC Radio 4.

I was however appalled when I searched on the Web about its background to find some really snide and unpleasant articles about the book, written by young or middle-aged people who obviously hadn't actuall
Sep 13, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
George and Jeanie have been married for many years. One night during making love George suddenly pulls away and announces that he can't do this anymore. Jeanie of course is confused and doesn't understand what has gone wrong. And George offers no explanation.
From that night on and even ten years later George sleeps in a separate room. When Jeanie brings the subject up George has nothing to say on the matter.

Jeanie runs a health food shop which George bought for her. The shop sells a variety of v
Apr 05, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for in-Interest

Last week I was down in no-so-sunny Cornwall and I purchased a Kindle Fire so I thought that a reasonable excuse to go on a book buying splurge - that and the elation derived from the pasties and the gale force coastal winds.This just happened to be on the Kindle top list and the cover looked cute so I thought 'why not?' It may or may not have been due to the fact it was 77p, also.

I was so shocked that this book has been branded as 'granny-porn.' 'Shocked' does not suffic
Apr 03, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-reads
4 and a half stars! I reeeeeally loved reading this one. The only thing that's holding me back from that little half star is that the first 75% of the book went so fast, but it lost just a bit of momentum for me at the end. I also would have liked to see 'something' happen with Chanty and Alex. But I was glad that the author tied most things up at the end and didn't leave me wondering what happened with any character. I loved the main character Jeanie. Her relationship with her husband was reall ...more
Il giorno in cui è stato distribuito il talento per la scrittura, Hilary Boyd era probabilmente a casa in malattia. Quando è tornata, non ce n’era rimasta neanche una briciola. Ma lei e il suo editore non se ne sono mica accorti, purtroppo.

Però, dai, non è grave. La collana “Harmony” mi pare goda di ottima salute e lì questo romanzo non stonerebbe neanche più di tanto, credo.
Mar 18, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
Let me prefice this by saying the following statements. I am not a xenophobe by any stretch of the means, but for some reason I don't like British lit. This book was a British book. Fact 2: I don't like chick lit. Sorry, but most of the time, it's too fluffy and there WAS a time when I enjoyed it, but that ship has sailed. Fact 3: I am not over 60. So what does that have to do with this book? The main character, Jeanne, is a 60 year old woman who has a marriage that is rather dull. Her husband, ...more
Helena (Renchi King)
Jedna lijepa životna priča o bračnom paru "u najboljim godinama".Jeanie uskoro navršava šezdeseti rođendan,živi u skladnom,pomalo dosadnom,braku,gdje glavnu riječ drži njezin suprug,George.
Oni se lijepo slažu,provode večeri na terasi, s čašom vina,u svojoj prekrasnoj kući u Londonu.Ona ima vlastitu trgovinu zdrave hrane,koja joj ispunjava većinu vremena.Četvrtkom vodi unučicu u park.
I sve izgleda prilično idilično,kako bi i trebao izgledati život u tim godinama.Društvene norme ispunjene i sad se
Marguerite Kaye
I really wanted to enjoy this, but it wasn't for me - but absolutely NOT for the reasons a few other readers have given. I bought this because it was a romance between two older people. Love is not the exclusive right of the young, and romantic/sexual love, I'd like to think, is something that stays with us way, way beyond our forties and even fifties. But romances are mostly about women in their twenties. I know, I write them myself, and though I've edged over into heroines in heir thirties, I' ...more
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Mar 19, 2013 Tabitha at rated it really liked it
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Although I didn’t know very much about this book when I first picked it up, I was really looking forward to starting it once I’d read the ‘blurb’ on the back. The main character, Jeanie, is a hard working mother of one, loving grandmother and devoted wife to her husband George. Jeanie runs her own health food shop in London, something that she loves. She also looks after her granddaughter every Thursday afternoon and enjoys nothing more than ta
Oct 29, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those stories where I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, some of the subject matter was quite close to home.

The story was well written and the characters were really easy to like, despite some of the circumstances that they found themselves in.
It did leave me smiling, and really does show that you don't always know what is round the corner.
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Mene je oduševila! Zaslužuje svih pet zvijezdica od mene!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
If you get nothing else from this book. Think about this quote from the main character's Aunt Norma:
"Sixty is heaven," she had told Jeanie as they sat having tea."The world is done with you, you become to all intents and purposes invisible, particularly if you are a woman. There's childhood, then adult conformity---work, family, responsibility---then just when everyone assumes it's all over and you're on the scrap heap of old age, freedom! You can finally be who you are, not what society wants y
Oct 30, 2014 Margaret rated it did not like it
I often choose books because I am drawn to the covers. Normally, I am not disappointed; not so this time. While the cover was attractive, I really did not like this story at all. I kept at it thinking that it would redeem itself or that I would change my mind, but no such luck.

Being on the other side of 50, I enjoy stories about "more mature" women. We have stories to tell just as much as the young 20 and 30 year old. We still have adventures and strong emotions and we still have spunk. That is
Oct 27, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
I won a copy of "Thursdays in the Park" by Hilary Boyd through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This romance novel explores the consequences of having an affair. The setting takes place in London, England.

George and Jeanie Lawson had been married for thirty two years and their life was orderly and dull. George needed to have the upper hand and controlled Jeanie. As long as she followed his instructions, they never argued. Then one night, George abandoned his conjugal obligations, and moved into t
Rea Sinfield
Dec 01, 2012 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it
I have had Thursdays in the Park sitting on my kindle for a little while now and when It started getting called “granny-lit” I had to move this to the front of my To Be Read list to see what on earth this book could be about to be called a granny-lit I was just hoping that at 27 years of age I would be OK reading this!

What do you do if you've been married to a man for half your life and out of nowhere he leaves your bed – permanently? When this happens to Jeanie, she's furious and hurt, and
Chris  Carroll
Feb 07, 2015 Chris Carroll rated it really liked it
There comes a time in our lives when one sometimes questions their decisions in life. Did I marry the right man? If I chose someone else, what would have been different in my life? What If…. For someone like Jeanie, she only ever had one man; her husband. So when she begins to resent the way he treats her for the past 10 years and starts to question their strange relationship, I can understand that.

I think that all people and women especially, want to have that one true love. Many people are luc
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
With its floral pattern and enticing cover Thursdays in the Park promised to be an uplifting read, but yet the backcover blurb suggested only a simplistic romance offering nothing with any real bite. However, very quickly Hilary Boyd’s narrative captured my imagination and I realised that her first novel was so much more than it seemed. The concept is simple: a married woman falls in love with a handsome stranger and soon realises that her marriage is a sham. But Boyd interweaves complex issues ...more
Glenda L
May 19, 2014 Glenda L rated it really liked it
Wasn't sure if I was going to like this book ... but I did. It is about a romance between two 60- something grandparents who are anything but old. I usually don't like infidelity in books, but I was actually rooting for Jeanie. The author made the dialogue in this book seem like you were there listening. Love in later life is not usually discussed and it was handled extremely well. I would recommend this to people of any age though ... sooner or later we will all be Jeanie and Ray ... or maybe s ...more
Anna Björklund
Jan 09, 2016 Anna Björklund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personer som gillar lågmälda berättelser om människor och relationer.
Shelves: feel-good
Jeanie och hennes man George lever i London och Jeanie driver en hälsokostaffär, något som skulle ha varit en hobby i en annars ekonomiskt oberoende tillvaro eftersom George har gott om pengar. Men hälsokostaffären är Jeanies andningshål i tillvaron. Hon har inrättat ett liv efter vad George vill och istället för att hänsynsfullt lyssna på Jeanie och ta till sig det hon säger så kör han på med vad han vill. En kväll tar han sin ända ur sängen och flyttar in i gästrummet, utan att förklara varför ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
I think I am offended by the person that called this book “granny-porn”. This is nowhere near some of the “mommy-porn” that I have come across and if a woman approaching her 60th birthday, stuck in a failing marriage meets a gentlemen and starts up a relationship, is too much for some, then I am wondering about you - there are some out there that think once you are past 50, your life should revolve around cats and rocking chairs.

After working in her health food store during the week, Jeanie spen
Mar 18, 2016 CK rated it did not like it
I finally finished this book last night and I can barely give it 2 stars. Actually, when I say finished I mean skimmed the rest of the book, reading all of the dialogue and then most of the pertinent scenes but in no way did I read every line because I just could not stand it. I don't know, maybe it's me. Normally when I read a book you find yourself rooting for the main character (as I expect most readers do) but this woman was just so bloody annoying.

After everything she gave in to her daught
Oct 21, 2014 Knjigomanijak rated it liked it
Evo mene opet s bračnim nevjerama i prevarama. Šta ću, valjda su mi takve knjige suđene u zadnje vrijeme.Ispričat ću vam kratak sadržaj, pa da znate o čemu se radi.
Jeanie je žena koja ima blizu 60 godina i živi već tridesetak godina sa suprugom Georgeom. Vodi malu trgovinu zdrave hrane,ima kćer koja je udana za umjetnika, te malu unuku, koju svaki četvrtak vodi u park na dječje igralište i tako joj prolazi vrijeme. Svi misle da je sretna i da joj ništa ne nedostaje, međutim, žena je rijetko kad
Original Doll (Lea Martinuš)
Iako će Jeanie uskoro proslaviti šezdeseti rođendan, još uvijek se osjeća mladom i poletnom. Vodi trgovinu zdravom hranom, druži se s prijateljicama, igra tenis a četvrtkom čuva unuku Ellie koju običava voditi u park. Tamo upoznaje Raya koji vrijeme u parku provodi čuvajući svog unuka te se on i Jeanie zbližavaju. Uskoro izlazi na vidjelo kako je Jeanin život sve samo ne savršen – manipulativni suprug George želi da ode u mirovinu, kći ju zajedno s ocem potiče da se presele na selo i žive miran ...more
May 08, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Oh this was just wonderful. I had just finished reading an absolutely absorbing thriller and needed something light and feel good to bring me back to earth. This was the perfect antidote. I virtually read it in one sitting, only sleep intruding and demanding I close my weary eyes.

There is the lovely Jeanie who has been married to the very (dare I say it) boring George for 32 years. (After 22 years of marriage George had withdrawn into another bedroom without any explanation to Jeanie). Their da
Apr 03, 2013 Georgina rated it really liked it
I really don't understand why this book is referred to as OAP porn, if that's honestly what you interpreted I feel sorry for you.

Thursdays in the Park deals with everything from family, sex, abuse, control, security and the ability to take a chance.

Whilst the main character is a little infuriating at times due to her reluctance and constant change of mind, I really enjoyed the story and thought it was depicted brilliantly...In all honesty how easy would ANYONE find it to end a marriage of nearl
Jan 04, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
I purchased this as a cheap book for my new Kindle, and ironically, had bought it for my older sister as a gift for Christmas already. It's a pleasant read, but I found the characters a little bit too obvious; boring husband, difficult but weak daughter, nightmare son in law, perfect granddaughter, athletic new man on the horizon, pushy best friend, etc. It was probably rather too formulaic for my liking, but nonetheless a pleasant read. There were certain parts of the book that I found irritati ...more
Faith Mortimer
Feb 21, 2013 Faith Mortimer rated it liked it
Annoying main character. I'd read a lot about this book, both on here and in the Daily press and because of the publicity I expected a lot from this book. There's good and bad points and I don't give it a total thumbs up or down. The main character was likeable up to a point - but she didn't seem to understand her husband who was obviously suffering in some way. She dithered around and it was when she was well into her fifties that she decided she needed something better in her marriage. Why did ...more
Khamneithang Vaiphei
Oct 28, 2013 Khamneithang Vaiphei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
As with many things in life, you are drawn to something for a variety of reasons. In the case of a book, some are drawn to it by the title, some because of an attractive cover and yet some by an enticing blurb/teaser.

I am drawn to this particular book for two reasons - the beautiful floral pattern of the cover and the title of the book. The book blurb put me off as late-in-life love story is not my-kind-of-thing. Yet, I was so taken in by the story that I found it difficult to put down. It is a
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