The Cougar Club: A Novelby Susan McBride
Cougars are in! The older woman/younger man match up is no longer taboo—look at Demi and Ashton, or Courteney Cox in Cougar Town. Now Susan McBride, acclaimed author of the Debutant Drop-Out mystery series, shows us that life and romance emphatically do not end at forty in The Cougar Club. The funny and touching story of three/em>/u>/em>
Cougars are in! The older woman/younger man match up is no longer taboo—look at Demi and Ashton, or Courteney Cox in Cougar Town. Now Susan McBride, acclaimed author of the Debutant Drop-Out mystery series, shows us that life and romance emphatically do not end at forty in The Cougar Club. The funny and touching story of three childhood pals who discover that you’re never too old to follow your heart, The Cougar Club is an unadulterated delight which Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author Harley Jane Kozak calls, “can’t put it down storytelling…[that] will charm you and surprise you, right up to the last page.”
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Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of Blue Blood and the Debutante Dropout Mysteries that include The Good Girl's Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, Too Pretty to Die, and Say Yes to the Death. She also writes the bestselling River Road Mysteries and has penned three women’s fiction titles: The Truth About Love and Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. She chronicled her bout with breast cancer in the short memoir, In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After Forty. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.
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Veteran author Susan McBride has taken off in a new direction: rather than debutantes she is dealing with women over 40 who don't feel their age should be a factor with which to judge them. Their skills on the job or in life don't suddenly disappear. They still have close friendships that will endure. They still have needs and desires they want to fulfill, and they feel they are far from being too old to do so. I know this with a newfound confidence. The three main characters in THE COUGAR CLUB - three women over 40 - are multi-dimensional, sassy, funny, and real. Susan McBride has proven herself that life isn't over at 40, so why shouldn't her characters enjoy their lives as well? I hadn't realized how much women were not just left out but pushed out, of their jobs, their social lives, their close relationships just for growing older. I salute the spirit of these cougars for holding on to their dreams and tackling life head on. I could only come to this conclusion if Susan McBride had written her characters with passion, zest, and sometimes plain stubbornness. Yet they are human, too, needing that time to curl up with a childhood Snoopy and grieve what they've lost and what's been taken away. Then they dust themselves off and fight their way back to living happy fulfilled lives, meeting new challenges and making their way through the world with grace. I very much enjoyed the uplifting story of three childhood friends reuniting, each at a different place in her life. Each of those places was about to change, but exactly how, and how much, was not evident until the last page was turned. I haven't enjoyed being caught off guard reading well into the night for quite some time. Wow, that was fun.
The Cougar Club centers around three life long friends- Kat, Carla and Elise. They've just turned 45 and each of them is facing changes in their lives. Kat gets canned from her ritzy Manhattan advertising firm and simultaneously dumps her going no where relationship with a younger man. She moves back to her home town of St. Louis where she reconnects with Elise, a dermatologist, and with Carla, a prominent local TV anchorwoman. Carla is in danger of losing her job to a younger woman and Elise's plastic surgeon husband might be having an affair. I really loved the friendship among the women and how they dealt with turning "older" in a youth obsessed society. I have to admit, Carla "Car" was my favorite. This was a fun, fast paced read with a happy ending that I didn't want to end!
This book was an easy quick read. While I didn't actually fall in love with the characters, they didn't annoy me either. No real depth but your typical chick lit book I guess-take it to the beach you won't be disappointed
Forty-five year old New Accounts advertising team leader Kat Maguire is downsized after fifteen loyal years at her firm; when she finds her twenty-eight years old lover Roger having cyber sex she downsizes him. She decides to go home to St. Louis where her family and two BFFs live. Her buddy Carla Moss is a successful news anchor, but the station seems to be grooming a bimbo replacement. She also has personal problems as her beloved mom is losing her grip on realty. Dermatologist Dr. Lisie Randolph has been successful at work, with raising her kids and apparently in marriage. However, the empty nest syndrome is hammering at her while her spouse whom she married in college ignores her. These three middle age women in terrific shape physically, but a bit down mentally unto they re-forge their friendship and go on the prowl as cougars hunting young male meat. However, each knows deep inside their soul they really seek love, commitment and the meaning of life. This is a fun tale of three women seeking their groove as middle age has each wondering if that is all there is to life while attempting to hang onto their dwindling youth. The characters are solid including the support cast of each of the lead females and the rotating point of view enhances understanding what each wants. Although somewhat unlikely perhaps even over the top of the Arch, fans will root for the Cougar Club members to get what they want. Harriet Klausner
The Cougar Club .... This was a fun read. This was first time I read anything by this author and I like her style! You really get to know the characters - highly recommend for a fun read!!!
I like it!you have a few misspelled words but so do I in my story.its because of the tiny key board.please read my story at spray results 1,2,3,4,5 and 6