Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review of As Young As We Feel

As Young As We Feel: A Novel (The Four Lindas)As Young as we Feel is the first book in a heartwarming series featuring four women named Linda. They knew each other in grade school when they formed a club called The Four Lindas. Now, in their fifties, these four women meet again at a school reunion on the Oregon coast. Abby, Janie, Marley and Caroline — all going by their middle names — are in the middle of big changes in their lives.

Any woman of Boomer age will identify with at least one of these characters as they watch the four Lindas walk through the unique life challenges of the Boomer generation: marriages in trouble, widowhood, depression, relationships with estranged children, and taking care of parents with long-term care needs.

You’ll laugh and cry as you watch them struggle through dating at 50, relocating to smaller homes, and changing careers at mid-life. You’ll be encouraged as you see them step out in faith to do what’s right in spite of the circumstances. It’s not a story of easy answers, but one of spiritual growth through tough times.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series to find out what will happen next. Will Abby’s marriage be saved? How will Caroline, a breast cancer survivor, deal with her aging mother’s dementia?  How will Marley adjust to the fact that her son is gay and that she will never have grandchildren? Is there romance in the future for Janie, the widow, or for any of the others who are also single?

This is a book for and about women — about their trials, their strengths and their friendships. It’s a book you won’t want to miss.

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