Book Review: Thursdays In The Park by Hilary Boyd

Synopsis

What do you do if you’ve been married to a man for half your life and out of nowhere he leaves your bed – permanently? When this happens to Jeanie, she’s furious and hurt, and determined to confront George, her husband of thirty years. Is he in love with someone else? What did she do wrong? He won’t tell her.

The brightest day of her week is Thursday, the day Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park. There, one day, she meets Ray and his grandson. Ray is kind, easy to talk to, and gorgeous – everything George isn’t. She starts to live for Thursdays. But does she have the courage, in the teeth of opposition from all sides, to turn her life upside down for another shot at love?

Review

I enjoyed this easy to read story about a woman who turns 60 and discovers love and passion which contrasts to her lifeless marriage. I wasn’t overly impressed with the way the book tackled the subject of child abuse, but I thought it had a lot of good points.

I did like the protagonist Jeanie and found myself rooting for her and her happiness throughout the book. I thought Ray was a lovely character albeit one dimensional. I think there has been much criticism of the book about it’s orthodox portrayal of women but real life is more unpredictable than books and many women, even in this day and age in good old Blighty do live in oppressive marriages and say nothing.

I found Jeanie’s best friend Imogen very annoying. I don’t know why, but I didn’t like this character at all but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of this book. It made me cross when Chanty (what sort of name is that anyway!) kept defending her father and overlooking her mother’s needs and right to happiness, but I can see it was in keeping with the passive role Jeanie had put herself in throughout her marriage.

George needed help and it’s a shame the book didn’t show him getting that help but I suppose it isn’t a self help book or a book advocating good mental health and it wasn’t about George in that respect it was about Jeanie making choices for herself.

People of all ages are human with human feelings of passion, lust and the need to be loved. It’s a simple concept which I think the book discussed quite admirably.

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