Today I’m delighted to present a guest post by Caoline James, the author of the Spa Break. The topic is very dear to my heart, so a huge thank you to Caroline and I wish her book a lot of success!
Why I chose to write about older protagonists
by Caroline James
My new novel, The Spa Break, is a story about a group of four mature friends who are full of fun and mischief. I like to write uplifting novels about characters ‘of a certain age’ who learn to live well in their later years and love life. The friends all have life-changing experiences during their stay at a spa, and I’d like to think that as we age, similar experiences can happen if you are prepared to come out of your comfort zone and give them a go.
When I was compiling research for the novel, I discovered that in the UK today, more than one in three adults over the age of fifty now live on their own. This may be, for example, through choice, death of a partner or divorce. I talked to countless over fifties and realised that many are lonely and unsure of what to do with the rest of their lives. I wanted to inspire readers with the message that it is alright to get older, embrace this second bite at life and find ways to discover new adventures and friends and run down the road to happiness, not stagger along worrying about the future.
A key message to embrace when living your best life as you get older is to live without regrets. Like the ladies in The Spa Break, learn to accept the results of decisions that may not have been right at the time and understand that you can make adjustments and live your best life in your golden years.
The Spa Break is a book about mature friends having fun, with many laughs and a few tears, but it covers serious issues too and has a surprising ending. I hope that you enjoy it.
Many thanks again, Toni, and I wish you and your readers many happy reading hours.
About the book:
The Spa Break
The Spa Break – The laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of the year for fans of The Book Club with Jane Fonda & Judy Leigh!
A weekend at the spa will leave four old friends with a whole lot more than they’d bargained for…
The glossy brochure promised a serene experience of total tranquillity and rejuvenation, but what best friends Bridgette, Emily, Serena and Marjory get is a weekend that upends their lives!
There for a girls’ weekend to celebrate Bridgette’s impending seventieth birthday, the spa soon has these spicy sexagenarians realising that there are unexpected benefits to age and experience, and that over the hill certainly doesn’t mean out of the game…in any respect…
About the author:
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James, has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but escapes whenever lockdown allows. A public speaker, which has included talks and lectures on cruise ships worldwide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. Caroline writes articles and runs writing workshops, is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer & Journalists and the Society of Authors. In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking with Fred, her Westie and in summer, wild water swimming. In winter, when not working, she relaxes with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
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Thank you to Caroline for her guest post today and thank you for stopping by and reading it! Have a lovely Thursday!