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Review and Blog Tour: Flirting With Forty

December 5, 2008


I don’t know if it’s life, motherhood, or marriage, but women start giving pieces of themselves up.  Little by little, year after year, and then one day, you wake up and you’re not even there anymore.  All the things that made you fun and fiery and hopeful . . . are gone.

If you’ve ever had a moment when you felt like that, then Jane Porter‘s Flirting With Forty is for you!  Jackie Laurens is a divorced mother of two, facing the big 4 – 0.  She and a friend plan a trip to Hawaii to celebrate.  At the last minute, the friend backs out, so Jackie finds herself going to Hawaii by herself.  While she’s there, she has a fling with a young surf instructor.  On her return to Seattle, she can’t get him out of her mind and much to the disapproval of her friends and ex-husband she keeps making return trips to see him.  During one of her visits with him, her daughter is in an accident and Jackie must rush back to Seattle.  This makes her re-examine her life and decide what’s important to her.  You will find yourself cheering for Jackie and women’s friendships as you read this book.  You will laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two.  You can read an excerpt of this fun book here.

flirting_with_40_150x150Lifetime has made Flirting With Forty into a movie starring Heather Locklear and Robert Buckley.  It premiers tomorrow, December 6 at 9 PM Eastern Time and will also air on the 7th and 8th. This book should make a great movie that would be fun to watch with friends!

If you’d like to have a TV viewing party to watch Flirting With Forty here’s a great, simple recipe to enjoy.

Pineapple Cheese Ball

2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup chopped bell pepper

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained (save some of the juice)

3 green onions, chopped (tops also)

Soften cream cheese with small amount of pineapple juice.  Add pecans, bell pepper and onions.  Shape into a ball and serve with assorted crackers.  This is also delicious with gingersnaps.  (You can add a little more pineapple juice and make a spread instead of a ball.)

The next stop on the tour is Book Critiques.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2008 6:35 am

    Pineapple cheese balls sound yummy! 🙂

  2. December 5, 2008 8:25 am

    Ohh good recipe Kathy – I think I’ll ‘borrow’ that one!!

  3. December 5, 2008 8:48 am

    I love your recipes! How cute. I have a cheese ball recipe that I make every Christmas Eve, but yours sounds good. Do I dare make something new????

  4. December 5, 2008 8:52 am

    Kathy, I used that same quote in my review! I loved it – it DID have a certain resonance!

    That pineapple cheese ball looks YUMMY!

  5. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 5, 2008 8:57 am

    Looks like a book I might enjoy. I’ll have to tape the movie until I can read the book though!

  6. December 5, 2008 9:17 am

    The recipe is a smart touch!

  7. December 5, 2008 10:14 am


    Great review! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book.

  8. December 5, 2008 10:40 am

    Sounds interesting! I may have to check this book out!

  9. December 5, 2008 10:42 am

    Nice review! That was one of my favorite quotes from the book.

  10. December 5, 2008 10:58 am

    Honestly, even if you don’t feel like that, this book might be for you! I’m happily married and in my twenties, with no plans for children anytime soon and I loved the book!

  11. December 5, 2008 11:32 am

    Hi there… That quote in on my book card too!! I almost used it!!! Great job with the tour. The recipe sounds perfectly yummy.!!

  12. December 5, 2008 11:48 am

    OMG. I totally want that cheese ball for lunch! 🙂

  13. December 5, 2008 12:19 pm

    That quote reminds me of Shirley Valentine (the movie), one of my favourite movies. Great cheeseball recipe!

  14. December 5, 2008 1:03 pm

    You always have the best recipies! Thanks for sharing it!

    I really liked this book, I thought it had a nice balance to it.

    Great review!

  15. December 5, 2008 1:10 pm

    That sounds like a great book — excellent review, Kathy! The quote is wonderful.

  16. December 5, 2008 2:21 pm

    The book sounds really good. I need to TIVO that movie and now I am thinking about cheese balls. LOL.

  17. December 5, 2008 5:30 pm

    Great review 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it, your recipe looks yummy!

  18. 01crazymomma permalink
    December 5, 2008 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the cheeseball recipe! The quote you have at the beginning pretty much sums it up. I have those days myself.

  19. alirambles permalink
    December 5, 2008 8:15 pm

    Just putting in a shout-out for 41 and still fiery, fun and hopeful. (But occasionally wondering how I managed to turn into a real grown-up along the way)

  20. December 5, 2008 10:17 pm

    This looks like a fun book, Kathy. I read a review over at Literarily, and love the quotes you both pulled out of the book.

    I always let my mother-in-law think that those cheese balls are more work than they really are 🙂

  21. December 6, 2008 2:53 am

    Great review, Kathy! I love the recipe too! I think we’ll make this for our party tonight!

  22. December 7, 2008 9:05 am

    Sounds like you had a great time reading this book. One of these days I am going to get off my butt and try out one of your recipes!

  23. December 8, 2008 3:30 pm

    wow that sounds like a great book! Great review! and i like the sound of that pineapple cheesball!

  24. michelle rosborough permalink
    December 8, 2008 11:01 pm

    Gonna be a great movie

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