Review: Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word
Hope Lyndhurst-Steele is a successful magazine editor, wife and mother. Her 50th birthday is approaching and she is dreading it. Her life seems to fall apart after her birthday. The magazine she works for wants to take a new direction, so she’s fired. She finds out her mother is terminally ill with lung cancer, and only has a few months to live. She discovers her 18 year old son, Olly, is having an affair with an older woman, which has a horrible affect on their relationship. And, her husband leaves her. After hitting rock bottom and wallowing in self pity, Hope has to pick herself up and decide how she’s going to approach the rest of her life. You just might be surprised with how things turn out.
Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word by Linda Kelsey is chick-lit for the older crowd. I enjoyed this book and I connected with Hope’s character even though her life is very different from mine. This book made me think about the fact that women tend to second guess themselves and put themselves down. It also made me thankful for female friendships. When Hope discovers Olly’s affair, she blames herself and questions her decision to work instead of staying home with him. Her friend Maddy reminds her of what a good mother she is. Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word is much deeper than the title and cover indicate and I think it’s well worth reading.
Review copy provided by Hachette Books.