I enjoyed this book because it surprised me too. It held no cliches.
...many times I can predict what will happen in a novel. But Barbara's life...is totally unpredictable. The best part is...she takes life by the balls...
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Written in a vivid 1st person narrative that sweeps you along, this bold novel introduces Barbara, a 52 year old woman who has it all. So why is she sunk in the abyss of depression? As she embarks on a journey to self-awareness, sparked by her young therapist's obvious attraction to her, Barbara's world opens up like the flowers she enjoys looking after in her gardens-and she ultimately reaps a meaningful, contented life as she is sought out by young and older people alike. Caught up in a revealing, wonderfully feminine embrace, this faux memoir hits a chord with anyone who wonders if life has anything more to give once your hair needs its monthly dose of color and gravity takes its toll on your body. Barbara finds that men, younger and older, can be very attracted to an older woman. This isn't a novel just about getting older. Nor is it just about women. Its theme is the universal one of how we see ourselves and what brings us real happiness.
Harrie Rose is the pseudonym of a much published internationally known scholar, whose specialty is the language of psychiatry. She is a retired professor, married for 51 years. Besides being a scholar and a wife, she is the mother of 4 children and a grandmother of 5. Cooking gourmet meals and baking everything from breads to tortes and fudge brownies, she loves to feed her children and her friends. Her passion for gardens show in this book. She also loves animals, especially dogs, cats, and horses.
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Missing words, letters and, at times, strange sentence structure. The fluff and random details towards the end were almost unbearable. I could not endure the pain required to finish. Though it started off well.
If YOU have not been to a therapist office...its a "behind the curtain" look
This is so real you think you made a friend. This is a "can't put down" book. Great for book clubs as it raises a lot of issues;