My conclusions after reading the book
It is rape or non consensual sex when a man has sex with a woman of any age who is in an inebriated state and does not know where she is. It is not the woman’s fault. Anyone, including herself or her friend, tries to justify it, it will still be rape. I wish women would support each other in such a situation instead of laughing it off and calling it humor or bad date in books and reviews!!
Body shaming is bad even if one does it to themselves. Lose weight because you want to not because you have to in order to get a guy.
2 friends Tess and Orla in their 60s having a dress making shop for plus sized women, soon get into losing weight and finding a man for themselves using an online dating portal.
The book started off sweet. But there was an underscore of women not accepting their bodies, which happens in real life. Not all of us are very comfortable in our own skin. I never used to be before. But is it true that we would get a man only if we slim down? The book constantly stated that, maybe not blatantly, but in between its lines with its scenes.
The story had its cute scenes, but nothing which spoke of strength. I have liked author Dee MacDonald’s previous 2 books where the main character was strong and her own person. In this, Tess was desperate to get a guy. She slept with two of the men from the online dating site on their first date. One was with a serial dater when she was totally drunk and didn’t know where she was. Though the main character didn’t say it, but I would call it non consensual a.k.a RAPE Main character justified the act, I was speechless.
The cruise Orla and she go on was fun. She met a gorgeous doctor Sanjeev, and they started dating when they came back home. But Tess cleaned her home before the first date hoping Sanjeev would stay over even before knowing him.
All these made me dislike her increasingly as the pages turned. She reeked of desperation more than strength, and I hope my friends Nina and Nicole kick my arse if I ever do stuff like that instead of showing strength and dignity.
I skim read the rest of the book as this was not how I wanted the book to be. It didn’t fill me with hope and pleasure. It left me with only one thought
I don’t want to become like Tess when I get to be her age!!
I can say more about this book, a lot more, but I won’t. This whole book left me with an icky feeling.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher NetGalley, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Tess and Orla have been best friends throughout most of their adult lives. So when life gave them lemons and their loved ones let them down, they pooled their resources and bought a dressmakers shop on the corner of Penny Lane. And they’ve been doing just fine ever since.
But one day, while studying her tired eyes and shapeless figure in the mirror, sixty-two-year-old Tess realised that she doesn’t want her life to be just fine anymore. She wants it to be extraordinary. For as long as she can remember she’s put everyone else first. Now she wants to rediscover herself – and experience the kind of whirlwind adventure that will have the power make her smile when she’s confined to the armchair of a retirement home.
With the encouragement of fun-loving and quirky Orla, Tess joins an over-the-hill dating agency and the two friends book a singles cruise around the Mediterranean. And that’s when their adventure of a lifetime really begins…
Publication Date: 24th April 2019