Women Of A Dangerous Age – Fanny Blake

On to some grown-up froth now, the heroines may be older, but the men problems continue unabated! Lou is in her mid-fifties, her birds have flown the nest and she’s finally seeing her husband for the man he really is; it’s time she moved on and found her own life. Ali is in her mid-forties and has been a serial mistress all her adult life, but she finds herself considering a larger commitment. The two meet on holiday in India and strike up an unusual friendship which also becomes a fruitful business partnership- until they discover they have more in common than they’d thought.

Kooks for your Kindle?– The supporting characters are all very well observed. Lou’s daughter Nic is a little self-absorbed and dismissive of what she perceives to be her flighty, irresponsible mother, but her world is shaken when she finds herself pregnant and then learns the truth about her father whom she’d idolised. Ali’s father is hiding the truth about what happened to her mother many years ago, and his carefully built armour crumbles when he finally admits the truth. Sanjeev, the man they meet on the plane back from India, is a charming enigma and just what’s needed. Finally, Lou’s estranged husband is the all-out bad guy of the tale, he continuously sinks to increasing depths as the tale progresses.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Both leading ladies are beautifully written; experienced, flawed, talented, vulnerable and strong. Both are in the process of a big life-change, Lou moving out and opening her long dreamed of vintage clothing shop, and Ali considering having her own man instead of somebody else’s. Lou portrayed as the arty type, with eclectic clothes, mad hair and disorganised nature. Ali is more private, controlled and cautious, although being the designer and manufacturer of jewellery, she too is artistic. I did get a little frustrated by Lou’s forgiving nature, but fortunately she has her limits. She and Ali’s fresh friendship is understandingly and realistically portrayed.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– The fateful holiday in India is a small, yet descriptive section at the start, the rest of the tale takes place in London. Despite that, the book has more of an intimate small town atmosphere.

Evaluation of your eBook?– The dangerous ages in question are around 45 and 55, I have yet to achieve either and still found it a page turner, so don’t be put off if you are much younger. My only minor point would be that the author does such an effective job of making Lou’s ex so incredibly skeevy that it’s hard to understand what anybody saw in him for all those years and why Lou considered reuniting at all. He might have benefited from a redeeming quality or two. I’m a sucker for a good revenge story, and there is a definite element of that here, some of it direct, but most of the revenge comes from living well. It’s a heartwarming tale of friendship too; as Lou observes, it’s harder to meet new friends as you get older, and the bond between Ali and Lou is complex and strong. Totally recommended.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £3.99, although not long ago it was on special for £1.99- keep checking.

US: Amazon available from Aug 2013.