'That Certain Age' is another wonderful novel from Elizabeth Buchan. As with her previous books, what really stand out are the beautifully sculpted characters which, over the course of the book, draw you in and entwine you in their lives. They evoke empathy, yet not necessarily sympathy, a balance difficult to achieve.
The novel centres on 2 juxtaposed female characters living 60 years apart, Sienna, in the present day, and Barbara, in the 1940's. The two are mirrored in terms of the emotional stage they are at in life, facing similar challenges and both struggling with the dilemma of the changing feelings of 'love' within marriage. One is particularly struck by the start contrast in the expectations impinged on the 2 women by society, and how this affects lives.
Momentum is maintained throughout the book - the pace and flow really grips the reader - ensuring you don't want to put it down! The book left me thinking and challenging the balance of my own life, questioning what makes us happy versus what we think makes us happy. Furthermore, I was left querying the merits of 21st century syndrome - always striving for the next thing to achieve, the next level, to be the best, to be perfect. The constant need to justify oneself.... is it justification to ourselves, those around us - friends, family, society...?
Buy it! It comes highly recommended.