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Thursdays in the Park

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  6,381 ratings  ·  588 reviews
Jeanie has been married for thirty years, but her husband George has become so cold and distant she may as well be alone. Surely, at just sixty, a loveless marriage can't be the only thing left on the horizon? Then, one Thursday in autumn, Jeanie meets Ray in the park, and a chance meeting blossoms into a friendship.

They talk, laugh, share hopes and secrets and
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Published October 6th 2016 by Quercus Books (first published August 4th 2011)
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Karen Pine
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 ...more
Angela Young
Dec 05, 2012 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 ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I have mixed feelings about this book. This was a very engaging, but frustrating read.

After over thirty years of marriage to George, Jeanie had been grappling with not knowing why George suddenly withdrew from her ten years ago. When she met Ray, she started feeling alive and like a vital woman again.

While I started out sympathizing with Jeanie, I found her reactions to both George and Ray to come off as bitchy and selfish. I don’t think the way she treated George was fair and her “making her
Sally Whiteside
Although this is a nice story and mostly likable there were parts that annoyed and frustrated me.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Secrets, family, love, life, relationships.

This was a perfect read for when the evenings are drawing in.

I loved Jeanie, and how despite her age she still had dreams and aspirations, she wasn't content to be old and do old-people-things. She kept her character, she kept who she was, despite a husband trying very hard to stop her for so much of her life. So many older characters in books seem content to be old and I loved reading Jeanie's joie de vivre.

This is definitely not a super-slow,
Oct 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
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
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, 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 ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Rea Cobb
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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, ...more
Oct 29, 2012 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.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
‘Thursdays in the Park’ by Hilary Boyd caused quite a stir when it was published because the heroine and her love interest were both in, or near, their 60s. The media loved this sweet tale that reminded readers that there can be both love and passion between grannies and granddads and that falling in love was not the unique privilege of the young. I’m rather surprised that was seemingly such a surprise but then that might have something to do with my best friend at school who had a grandmother ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Glenda L
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel about finding love again in your sixties. I enjoyed reading about Jeanie and her problems with husband George. She meets a man, Ray, when she goes to the park on Thursday afternoons with her granddaughter, Ellie. Ray has a young grandson, Dylan. Of course, the path to true love is no smoother at 60 than it is at 20, so there are complications. The characters were well described and real. Occasionally I thought the children were a bit annoying, especially since the author spelled ...more
Bookish Enchantment (Katherine Quirke)
An easy to read story. It would be what I call holiday reading. Not a hard read dealing with family and love in the over 55's.
I did enjoy this book but I suppose when I consider it was not the right choice for my mood at the time. Not meaty just simple.
Don't let that deter you, stories like this are perfect for inbetween reads and holiday reading. It was certainly well written.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely :-)
Ruth Ellis
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hav really enjoyed this book
Ali Al-yaaqubi
Apr 28, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Kathe Pines
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing and development of characters...all ranges of emotions were touched while reading this novel. Highly recommend!
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

"Thursdays in the Park" is being re - issued five years after the novel became the ebook phenomenon. I've only read one book by Hillary Boyd, "A Most Desirable Marriage", and enjoyed it immensely, so I was truly happy when the opportunity of reading and reviewing "Thursdays in the Park" came my way. It quickly turned out that this book is much more than it seemed - it's deep, complex and very emotional story - a great mix of many issues, such us love, betrayal, depression, feeling guilty, shame.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poignant and heartwarming, this captivating concoction of love affairs amidst true love is a tantalizingly great read!

Hilary Boyd’s Thursdays in the Park is one of those spectacular love stories that are not only guaranteed to melt your heart, but strike a chord with the reader in such a personal way. It was thought-provoking to the core, truth-drawing and a totally candid read that not only made me reach for the box of tissues but which also spoke to my heart and inmost soul. Here the author
Simone Sinna
I picked this book up (one click on Amazon) after reading an article in the Age about how women were expecting too much of men in bed. The article cited a woman divorcing her husband for being too boring; the journalist presumed she’d taken 50 Shades of Grey a little too far and hoped that Thursdays in the Park, more moderate by any standards but aimed at the grey haired audience wouldn’t lead to a rush to the divorce courts.
There is already, prior to either of these books a rush to the divorce
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Boyd was born and spent the first six months of her life in Prestatyn, North Wales, where her father, an army major, was stationed after the war. She was later educated in London, then at the boarding school Roedean. She trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and subsequently as a marriage guidance counsellor with Relate before reading English Literature at London University ...more
“But Jeanie had just gone through the motions. No one would have realized, except perhaps her too-perceptive son-in-law, but that was one of the few perks of maturity: you knew how to dissemble.” 0 likes
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