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The Big Five O: A laugh out loud, feel good novel for summer

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The Big FIVE O Four friends… one VERY big birthday Praise for Jane Wenham-Jones ‘Fresh, funny and wise’ Katie Fforde ‘I love Jane’s writing!’ Jill Mansell ‘feel-good’ Woman and Home

They’re 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

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Published July 5th 2019 by HarperImpulse
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Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roz, Charlotte, Fay and Sherie are all turning 50 and plan a massive party. While their friendship holds them together there are just some things they haven’t shared but time will soon reveal those secrets.

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.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Big Five O .
Charlotte, Fay, Sherie and Roz are going to have a joint 50th birthday party, that was Charlotte's idea, any excuse for a party. Charlotte's birthday was in May, Roz was in late June. Fay's birthday wasn't until August and Sherie was late September. All very different women. Charlotte always seemed to have just landed a lump of money. Sherie is an art consultant. Fay with a removal business and Ros is a single mother. I won't spoil the story but they are all keep
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Friendships and secrets always get my attention in a book. 4 best friends approaching their 50th birthday soon decided to have a party. But even life long friendships always have those tiny little secrets that you never wanna tell each other. These women did too. And one of them had a deadly secret. Faye, Charlotte, Sherie, Roz were the best of friends, but each had a life a bit separate from each other. Some were secretive, some open.

My first book by Jane Wenham-Jones, this book captured me by
Carmel's Addictive Nighttime Reads
A newbie experience author for me but with a fantastic feel good uplifting vibe, I really enjoyed the story especially the range of the characters personalities.

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
Sue Wallace
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The big five-O by Jane Wenham-Jones.
A lovely light hearted read. Loved reading about Charlotte Fay Sherie and Roz. Bought a few tears as well. Recommended. 5*.
Jenny C
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A positive book about friendship and secrets. This follows 4 friends, who are nearing their 50th birthdays, on the run up to a party they are planning to celebrate it. Their stories are intertwined and there are several cliffhangers in the book, one of them is ill, but you don’t find out who til the end. Although I liked the premise, I found some of the characters hard to like, and felt that their friendships were not as real or as close as first expected. Because of this, in some parts I found ...more
Monica Mac
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book about four ladies nearing the big five-oh and all very different. There was a lot of material to work with here and it took me a little while to get it straight, who was who.

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 r
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
et in Broadstairs four friends, Fay, Charlotte, Roz and Sherie are fast approaching their 50th birthdays and are arranging a great party. They all come from different walks of life but all seem to be carrying a secret from each other.
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 re
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This is a new to me author. I love Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Colgan, so I decided to take a chance. I'm so glad that I did! I enjoyed this book so much. The four main characters are approaching their 50's. In fact, the book starts off with them planning their mutual birthday party. They all have something going on in their lives that they haven't shared with the others. All four were believable characters and when you're in that age group, very relatable. Roz was worried about money and making e ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was keen to read this book because I was 50 this year too. It was such a great book. I loved reading about Charlotte, Roz, Fay & Sherie & learning about all their secrets. I must admit I did shed a tear or two towards the end as all their secrets came out. Would love to read a sequel about what happens to them all next.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kerry Ford
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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 can’t help but find a piece
Kim Melbourne
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of four good friends all approaching 50 and organising a joint birthday party.
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
Fluff Smut & Murder
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a book with older characters - I'm getting up there so I love to be able to relate.. I love books with strong friendships - it helps me strengthen my own. For the most part, I loved Fay ad Roz - their spunk and situations were hysterical - completely relatable. Charlotte was a smidge annoying with the drinking and accusing her husband of the affair, but I get it.. Sharie, on the other hand, was the most frustrating - too stereotypical with the devotion to her cat, too obsessed with gettin ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Big Five-O follows 4 friends, all coming up to their 50th birthday and a big birthday bash is being planned. The friends are; Charlotte, a devoted mother and wife but struggling with the fact her daughter has left home for Uni. Fay, a successful businesswoman, no children and has a toyboy, Sherie is single but loves her cat and Roz is a single mum struggling to make ends meet. All of these ladies have secrets.
Throughout the book we find out more and more about each character, the secrets the
Karen Peterman
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four friends are going to be 50 and are planning a big party in Jane Wenham-Jones The Big Five-O. They live in the seaside town of Broadstairs - Charlotte, Roz, Fay and Sherrie.

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 develope
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not a book of my usual reading genre but I was pleasantly surprised as the pace and characters kept me turning the pages.
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 tim
Sharon Lance
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Truly inspirational!

I loved this story from start to finish! I ended it with a lot of tears in my eyes for mixed reasons lol. All of the characters were brought to life in a well defined way and I loved them all! The mystery that ran through the most of the book was very cleverly executed in my personal opinion.. I kept thinking that I knew who it was but then I read something that made me wonder if it was somebody else! Wonderful storytelling - this author comes highly recommended from me. Than
Kathleen Gray
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun read about four women staring down the barrel of one of THOSE birthdays! All four- Charlotte, Roz, Fay, and Sherie- have an issue they don't necessarily want to deal with but which is hanging over their head. Yes they each have a secret but they also have each other. That's what made this a good read- it's a novel of how we can help our friends and make everyone's lives easier. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's light, it's funny, it's got a bit of a serious cant in spots, and all in al ...more
Rachel Chambers
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wonderfully uplifting book!

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
Nicola Mitchell
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am the big 51! Could I relate? With some of it, yes. It romped along with more lows than highs, I have to say, but it got there in the end.
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! Y
Mary   Beth
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful light hearted story about four friends turning 50. Though there were some serious parts most of this story is light, fun and fast paced. As the characters developed throughout the book it became harder to put down and the characters are relatable which makes this book even more enjoyable. After reading this book I will be looking for more books by Jane Wenham-Jones. I am grateful to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest ...more
Sally Tyrer
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely, lively humerous look at life of the 50 year old woman!
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 women’s minds work and quite thought provoking!
Thank you net galley for this early read which has had me laughing out loud at times!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm happy I found this book that talks about women in my age bracket, real women with problems you can relate.
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.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four best friends are approaching their 50th birthdays and each one has been keeping a secret. The cats are are about to be let out of the bags..... What will happen when they spill the beans and will their friendships be tested?

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.
chels marieantoinette
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was REALLY cute. Fast-paced with a lot going on, which made for a great, quick read. There was a bit of mystery and romance and quite a lot of depth, actually, with illnesses, addictions, financial issues, etc... which was a pleasant surprise. Great, really fun dialogue amongst this group of empowered female friends. Anyone can find a character to relate to- if not more than one. I’d recommend this to any of my girlfriends (and their mothers). An adorable book.
Dawn Brookes
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable holiday read for me. This book was about friendships with a bit of romance mixed in. The four friends are planning a party to celebrate their big birthdays as they will all be 50 in the same year. Despite knowing each other well, they each have their secrets which come out as the book progresses. I liked the character development as the story went along and even with the challenges it was a feel-good book.
Chris Tunnicliffe
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
four friends approaching their fiftieth birthdays decide to celebrate together. As the date approaches we find they all have problems that make celebrating hard. One thinks her husband is having an affair,another cant afford the costs, one is facing a big health issue. At times this book is funny at times heartbreaking but in the end friendship,love and loyalty overcomes all at the end of the day. A very good read.
Vivien Brown
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love books with a cast of female friends! And these four work so well together, each with their own problems, relationship woes and secrets. The author cleverly has us wondering which of the four is hiding her breast cancer fears from her friends, and I wrongly guessed more than once! A good solid feel-good read with the right ending for every character. I enjoyed it.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, 2019
This was a great book about a group of friends planning to celebrate their 5oth birthdays with a big party. They are all hiding degrees of secrets and issues from each other and are unaware of some of the problems their friends are having whilst trying to give an aura of perfect lives.I got caught up in all their lives and really enjoyed the book.
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