Let's start with the non-kiss. That is a moment of the novel that has seared itself into my memory as the most seductive few pages that I have EVER read, so much so that I still have occasional flashbacks to that scene even though it's been a few weeks since I finished the book. You'll find it in Chapter....no, actually I won't say which one, because you have to read the rest to fully enjoy the tension, the passion and the subtlety compressed into that scene.
The object is the younger man, but the subject of the book is the older woman, an individual who understands that there is more to life than a best friend's wedding, Mr. Right, and Manolo Blahniks. This is for women who have had their own wedding(s), survived Mr. Wrong, and wear Manolo Blahniks because they want to wear them, not because he likes them.
THE YOUNGER MAN is an ego-boost for an older woman. It reminds us that looks can grab men's attention, but it's the confidence that keeps the good ones there. Ironically we exude confidence when we frankly don't give a damn. That is precisely when men come running. The nugget of truth, the moral in Hazel's story, is that a woman must find herself first, THEN Mr. Right comes looking for her. It never works in the reverse.
THE YOUNGER MAN reminds any woman past thirty that we have much more to offer than glamour magazines, television, and movies would have us believe. Thanks for the reminder Sarah, I needed that!