The hilarious and poignant new novel from the best selling author of The Kicking the Bucket List.
When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it’s time to hide the remote…
Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid; an inspiration to others; stuck together like glue – aren’t they?
But Cait can’t shake off the feeling that something is missing. They are fit and healthy, if a bit skint – but the whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, giving them the time to do those things that really matter – and more importantly – together. So why is she left wondering if this is all there is? Has Matt always been this annoying and infuriating? And where have those ants-in-her-pants suddenly come from?
It’s not helped by the reappearance in her life of Tom Lewis, the love of her life who broke her heart at university and who, despite the fact she hasn’t she hasn’t seen him for decades, is still exerting his magnetic pull.
Her friends are Lorna, who recently lost her husband, and Debs whose husband recently left her. The three women must all question what they want out of the rest of their lives – and how they are going to get it…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I read The Kicking the Bucket List so this was a must. I love it when a book makes me giggle chuckle and laugh and this did all that and more, I am of a similar age to these characters so there was so much of me that I could see in them. There is such a raw honesty about the characters in the story that make them feel so very real. This story very much gives you a slap in the face to waken up and stop just getting through each day and start living them. It is then all wrapped up in humour that just cracked me up but still made the point.
Cait and Matt have been married for years, both now in their early sixties they were still working and have their own friends but when Matt is forced into early retirement and Cait has to leave her maternity cover position, they soon realise that they have nothing in common, not even their social lives. Matt withdraws more as he feels in the way in his own home and Cait soon falls prey to an old flame from her university days. Can Cait and Matt rekindle the fire they once had or are they best to go their own ways while they still have chance of an alternate life? Is Cait’s old flame her soul mate or is it time to take off the ‘rose coloured spectacles’ she has worn all these years about him?
There are betrayals of trust and friendships are pushed to the limits as temperatures rise in more ways than one. What I loved about this story is that there were times when Cait and Matt weren’t trying to make things work but there was still the basic chemistry. They bounced off each other but it would take more than a little a sparkle from younger days to keep them together.
I really loved how this story has a very modern feel about it. Being in your sixties doesn’t mean that you are ready to be put out to grass, there is certainly a lot of living left in Cait and Matt, they just need to decide if what they have is worth fighting for. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I was made to see situations from a different angle. Like wow, is this how I am sort of moments? It really did make me stop and see myself in Cait. A definite mental note of something to be worked on!
Cait’s friends come with their own personal baggage, they are both at different ages and different stages in their lives all facing uncertain futures. It gives a good balance, the sort of grass is always greener sort of balance. This is a brilliant all round read that sort of gives you that nudge to take a look at your own life too.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cathy Hopkins lives in Bath with her husband and three cats.
Cathy’s novel, The Kicking The Bucket List was published in March 2017 by Harper fiction. Her next book, Dancing Over The Hill will be out on kindle in December 2017 and in paperback in January 2018.
Previous to writing for adults, Cathy wrote principally for the teenage market and had over 60 books published, many of which were translated into 34 languages.
In her spare time, Cathy loves nothing more than a long walk and pub lunch in the countryside with friends. She loves reading books from all types of genres. When it’s raining, she likes watching great box sets like Big Little Lies or Orange is the New Black. Apart from that, Cathy has always been curious about the answers to the big questions like why are we here, where have we come from and where do we go. Not having found a satisfactory answer yet, she has taken up gardening in her spare time instead.
You can read more about Cathy and her books on her website at http://www.cathyhopkins.com or contact her on her twitter page on CathyHopkins1 or on facebook.