The Widow's to Do List

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A year after her husband's death, backup singer Sally Lightfoot, 50, is resigned to aging gracefully - with added chocolate. She misses her irreplaceable husband desperately. In an attempt to climb out of her rut, Sally is following a to do list in her self-help bookHow To Win As A Widow, but her wildchild rock chick friend, Ramone, has other ideas and sexes up Sally's list considerably:

1.Don't do anything rash. Consider, one minute max. ...

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A year after her husband's death, backup singer Sally Lightfoot, 50, is resigned to aging gracefully - with added chocolate. She misses her irreplaceable husband desperately. In an attempt to climb out of her rut, Sally is following a to do list in her self-help bookHow To Win As A Widow, but her wildchild rock chick friend, Ramone, has other ideas and sexes up Sally's list considerably:

1.Don't do anything rash. Consider, one minute max. Decide, one minute max. DO. Done! Keep on MOVING....!
2.Don't let your worries about the future escalate out of control. Stay in the present moment. Meditation classes are good for this. Forget thinking about nothing, GET ON WITH IT.
3.Wear mascara every day, even if you're not going out. Mascara's not a magic wand. HAIR and HEELS - top and toe with style and let the rest take care of itself.
4.Get some new clothes. LESS is MORE with clothes, get a killer dress. EVERY woman should own a Westwood.
5.Exercise - train for a Fun Run. Whoever wrote this needs to run away from themselves. Running round in circles every day is for nuts. Get an exercise ball and let it do the work - 20 sit ups 3 times a day, 10 minutes max and you're done.
6.Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Make that one bottle of champagne a day. OTT? A couple of vodka sharpeners then, or GOOD wine.
7.Get a dog. Speak to strangers NOT their dogs.
8.Go on group activity holiday or cruise. NO GROUP TOURS - ALONE is the way to meet people that are WORTH meeting.
9.Volunteer. Get a JOB, SING girl SING!
10.Join an evening class. Life's too short for papier mache clubs, get ON WITH IT, GET DOWN AND LOSE YOUR WIDIDITY *** NUMBER ONE TASK

Sally must get back out there and lose her wididity, her born-again virginity, before she crumbles into sexless middle age. But why would she want to go through the dating hell her daughter Ami was going through? With added flabby bits? The chances of a stray suddenly-single Daniel Craig type passing her way were next to zero anyway. Let alone one who'd be interested in a short, mixed-up 50 year old who had not only misplaced her waistline but was still madly in love with her dead husband.

Sally hadn't reckoned on meeting Loro, a Leonard Cohen tribute artist who sings Suzanne to the tourists on Hydra, the fashionable Greek island of choice for old hippies. They're the same age and get along well. If she could, she would, but would he? Why would he when he has the pick of girls much younger than she? Realising that if she wants something she has to go for it, Sally tries to pluck up the courage to leave her isolated comfort zone and proposition him. Facing the possibility of humiliation and rejection square on.

A tender, moving story of a widow's journey from grief to acceptance to moving forwards in her life in a world where sex is everywhere but death is still the great taboo.

"A beautiful life interrupted then healed by the songs of Leonard Cohen." BLOGCRITICS

"One minute this book has the reader laughing out loud, the next we are sobbing. Romantic, hilarious, engaging and highly perceptive." THE WRITING COACH

"An awesome read. Well written and highly entertaining." GEEKY GIRL REVIEWS

"The character development is amazing. The book has an intensity that shows up at each page." MURPHY'S LIBRARY

"Those who have already been there (and those convinced they never will) can laugh at Sally's foibles." BIG AL AT BIG AL'S BOOKS & PALS

"A wonderful story about a woman learning to find herself again. If you enjoy a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster while rooting for the main character, this is the book for you." LITERARY R&R

"This is the best book ever. That's the only way to describe it!" RITA REVIEWS

If you enjoy romcom books with depth - older fiction humor romance authors like Dawn French, Judy Finnigan and Fern Britton, this widow romance story is a book for you.

Formerly titled Ten Good Reasons To Lie About Your Age

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492143680
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Zia writes fun, romantic novels for the over 40s. Novels currently available:The Widow's To Do List, about a 50 year old widow unsure whether to age gracefully or disgracefully; The Playground Mum Gang about the playground politics of a group of well-heeled mums and The Kew Mum Gang, about a 40 year old single, cashstrapped mum trying to fit in with a postnatal baby group. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @stephaniezia for writing and @blackbirdebooks for ebook publishing.
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