OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER by JANE WENHAM-JONES
ABOUT THE BOOK
When her daughter, Ellie, brings home a new boyfriend, Clare can’t put her finger on why she feels troubled by it. Is it because he’s attractive and closer to her in age? Or maybe she’s just jealous because all of her own husband’s passion seems to go into maintaining his wine cellar.
Ellie’s colleague, Anna, is feeling restless too. She’s much younger than her husband and is still in her prime, and definitely isn’t ready for crosswords and comfy slippers. When a new colleague starts to show a great deal of interest in her, it ignites a spark of attraction that feels impossible to ignore.
They say age isn’t everything – can the women focus on what really matters and live life, and love, to the full?
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This was an entertaining and often thought provoking read, looking at life through the eyes of women who are dealing with the realities of life and the paths they have chosen.
Ellie is one character who is starting out in life and is super excited to be engaged to Tom. He’s 19 years older – she doesn’t see this as an issue but some around her, including her mum, are keen to warn her that this could be a problem. Her mum knows only too well, as she married someone older so Ellie just sees her being hypocritical – instead of heeding the advice given.
Anna works with Ellie, and is at the point in her life when she’s feeling lonely. Her son and his family live a distance away, and life just isn’t making her excited anymore.
There are lots of fun, silly moments but there is also a deeper look at women coming to terms with where they are in life, wanting different things in relationships and wondering whether to ‘stick or twist’ so to speak. With Ellie, she is just swept up in the romance of it all and sees her other half can do no wrong!
I liked that this book is mainly aimed at an older audience – people who’ve maybe been through the same thing or approaching that stage of life, when you’re not impressed by flashy behaviour and just want something different from life and a little bit more substantial and to feel fulfilled.