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Fun and Frolics at Fifty,
This review is from: Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines (Paperback)
Amanda Wilson, the heroine of this witty chicklit novel is, by her own description a 'desperate housewife' living in a village populated almost entirely it seems by the elderly. She spends her time acting as a referee between her rather grumpy unemotional husband Phil, and her equally grumpy grown up son Tom who behaves more like a stroppy teenager than a responsible young adult. In desperation, she decides to start a blog, a kind of online diary, to stop herself from going completely mad.
The blog, called Facing 50 With Humour charts Mandy's life, the ups when she 'meets' online the glamorous Todd, who flirts outrageously with her over their games of Scrabble, and the downs, when she fears that her husband Phil might be having a secret affair. And then there is her relationship with her mother - a whole new area of conflict. The first person 'blog' format allows the reader to feel that they really get to know Mandy, and the story contains some very clever and unexpected plot twists. I also liked the use of other bloggers' comments, which build as the story continues, exactly as if the blog were 'real'.
Carol E. Wyer has a very clear, readable style, with an eye for the small domestic details that bring her characters to life - who does not have a mother with a fine line in put-downs and an attic full of childhood memorabilia? Or who has not acted as referee in the endless attrition of parent-child conflicts. I enjoyed her depiction of a pretty mundane marriage that seems to have settled into a rut, but manages to still contain some surprises for both participants, though I am not sure most actual bloggers could attain the length and complexity of detail of Mandy's blog entries!! A very good book to curl up with on a grey Winter's evening.