Thursdays in the Park

Thursdays in the Park

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Called "a warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life" ( Daily Telegraph ), Thursdays in the Park was a runaway best seller in the United Kingdom. Boyd's debut novel is a touching, romantic tale of new attraction and old loyalties.

Jeanie is on the brink of turning sixty, and the man she's been married to for more than half of her life has suddenly abandoned the marital bed. When Jeanie's husband, George, retreats from his conjugal duties, she is deeply hurt and very confused: Has she done something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? Her pained bewilderment turns to anger as he remains unable, or unwilling, to provide answers.

The bright spot of Jeanie's week is Thursday, the day she takes her granddaughter to the park. There, one day, she meets Ray--age-appropriate, kind-hearted, easygoing, and downright sexy. In short, he is everything that George is not. As her relationship with Ray begins to blossom and she begins to think that her life might hold in store a bold second act, she begins to wonder if she has the courage to take a step off the precipice of routine and duty and into the swirling winds of romance.

(P)2013 Quercus Editions Ltd
Publisher: New York : Quercus, c2011
ISBN: 9781623650964
Branch Call Number: FIC Boyd
Characteristics: 324 p


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Aug 29, 2018

This is a dreadful book, read something else instead. The first few chapters and the last are fine, and in between is a whimpy married woman who is incapable of speaking up for herself as her horrible husband and relatives ignore everything she says (she tries, albeit weakly, with no persistance or volume) and run roughshod over her. The cover is truly lovely but the book is awful. Not even the few appearances of the Mary-Sue-like dream widower can redeem it. (Google it, it's a tv trope). Read something by Jennifer Weiner, Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jojo Moyes, or either of the two Rosie Project books instead.

Dec 28, 2013

really good writing, i think. easy to read. you sorta root for the main character, but at the same time you get really frustrated with her and just wish she'd go away. woulda given it 5 stars if everything had worked out the way i wanted it to, but because it's probably so realistic, i only gave it a 3 1/2 because when i read a book, i prefer to ESCAPE reality - not relive it!

Nov 11, 2013

I don't know why this book would be a "runaway bestseller." Aside from the fact that the main characters are in their sixties, there's nothing remarkable about the writing or the plot. If you're in the mood to read about "mature love", try Star Gazing.

branch_reviews Jan 28, 2013

Described as “granny lit” (and even rather unfairly as “granny porn” and a continuation of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon), this book is suddenly topping bestseller lists. Written by a 60+ first-time author, it is a book about two boomers – both grandparents - finding romance and sex. The two meet at the park every Thursday when they babysit their respective grandchildren. Jeannie, in her sixties is rather hurt and clueless about why her marriage has turned sexless. Her husband, George, refuses to talk about it but there is a story here. He seems to takesJeannie for granted, calls her “old girl” (Really, when 60 is the new 30?) and expects her to give up her shop and just move to the country to live a retired life. In contrast, Ray, the charmer at the park is considerate, funny and a great listener. Is Jeannie up to making a difficult choice? Are we seeing the beginning of a new trend emerging in the romance genre with the rapidly growing, restless, who-says-I-am-old-Boomer demographic? Reviewed by KB

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