The Big Five O
Theyre planning a party the seaside town of Broadstairs will never forget, but these four 49 year olds have far more on their minds than canapés and balloons for their half-century
This was such a feel good book and I really enjoyed it. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review. ...more
My first book by Jane Wenham-Jones, this book captured me by ...more
Roz, Charlotte, Fay and Sherie are four best friends who are all about to share a huge milestone of turning 50 soon. In these years of friendship though some secrets have been kept which are soon to be discovered and revealed.
Will there relationships and friendships be tested when all is revealed or can they work through what has been ...more
The ladies certainly had a lot going on, in one way or another! Charlotte, struggling as an empty-nester; Fay, the tough businesswoman who didn't know how to relax; Roz, the single mum who was desperate to earn a bit more money but was she doing the right thing? and then there was Sherie, who's closest ...more
I found the characters a little confusing to work out It did, however, have me smiling at some of the situations and scenarios. and weepy at others. It's not a bad book, worth a read if you haven't anything else in the offing but not one I will be looking out to ...more
I absolutely devoured this book!
A group of women all approaching their 50th birthdays decide to throw a massive party. Each of the friends are different, with their own secrets and stories going on throughout the book. Being a woman in her mid forties I can really appreciate the feelings and struggles that each of the women go through. Dealing with infidelity, illness, lack of money and loss to name but a few. The characters are written in such a detailed way that you cant help but find a piece ...more
Charlotte thinks her husband may be having an affair, Roz is a single parent who is struggling financially, Fay is loving life as a divorced woman having a fling with a much younger man and finally Sherie is single and lives alone with her cat.
This light-hearted book took a while to get into but as the characters ...more
We learn the lives of all 4 women, their working background alongside their relationships. The characters are extremely easy to relate to and very likable.
In the background is a running storyline around one of the characters, not identified until the end, who is keeping a secret around her health. This was dealt with sensitively but demonstrated a woman's strength al9ngside the idea that she ...more
Each character had their own story to tell and develop without getting too intense. This kept the momentum light and not too serious for what I would call a "coffee and an free hour" book. A pick up and read but quite easy to put down and return to if needed.
Following four friends planning a joint 50th Birthday celebration whilst juggling their everyday lives at the same ...more
Throughout the book we find out more and more about each character, the secrets ...more
Four friends, Charlotte, Roz Fay and Sherie are about to turn 50 and to mark the occasion are organizing a fabulous party. The book focuses on each of their personal lives and despite giving each other the impression they are all fine they are all struggling in some way. One of the ladies also discovers a lump in her breast but we do not know who until the end of the book.
This book was funny, sad and inspiring and proves that it is never too late to live your ...more
The lows - insecurities, low self esteem, health issues, relationships, those with children and those without. It was all there.
The highs - realisation!
You can accept it and enter the next chapter anew or let it defeat you. Personally 40 was harder for me. Another decade older and making memories all the same. There is life after 30, 40, 50 and beyond! ...more
It's engrossing, fun to read, moving and heartwarming.
The cast of characters is relatable and fleshed out, the setting interesting and the plot keeps you hooked till the last page.
It's the first book I read by this author and it won't surely be the last.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
This is the first book I've read by Jane Wenham-Jones but it certainly won't be the last. I liked her style of writing and enjoyed this book immensely. It is a real feel good book with a plot that kept me entertained throughout. 4.5 stars.
Four friends aged 49 are planning a big five o party, this book shows the trials and tribulations they encounter along the way and the secrets that they have each been hiding from each other! Very funny and easy to relate to particularly as I am very nearly 59 myself! Good insight into how womens minds work and quite thought provoking!
Thank you net galley for this early read which has had me laughing out loud at times! ...more