CAPE MAY, a novel
New Yorker Joanna Matthews is rapidly approaching 60 and desperate for a change. The last remotely daring thing she did-jumping into an unconventional marriage with her best friend Brian-happened 20 years ago. Now, their life's comfortable, if routine. Joanna craves more and begins pursuing her long-deferred dream: owning and running a bed & breakfast. She's captivated by Cape May, New Jersey, America's Oldest Seaside Resort. On the bus south, she meets a novelist, and is thunderstruck when she falls passionately in love for the first time. How will her late awakening affect the future and her three-decade relationship with Brian?
"I loved Cape May...couldn't stop reading it! More sparks than Nicholas, and more moving precisely because it has the ragged edges of reality." Susan Keith, Actress, Another World, One Life to Live, and Shana on Loving
"Holly Caster has the deft ability to let us spy on her protagonist Joanna's life, love, frustration, guilt, and struggle to find that most elusive of life's qualities: happiness. She elegantly chronicles the messiness of human relationships, the painful search for self-fulfillment, and the capricious nature of second chances that are part of everyone's journey. Her characters are so achingly real that you will embrace them instantly, and you'll find you can't help rooting for them to find what they seek. Cape May is a captivating and rewarding read. Here's hoping for a sequel!" Peter Danish, Award-Winning Author of The Tenor
"This is a very romantic novel in the truest sense. The setting of Cape May is described in extreme detail and is utterly charming. If you are interested in a book about a love affair where the characters are 60 years old, this would be a great pick. After Michael finally kisses Joanna, it was nearly impossible to put down the book. The author uncovers every emotional aspect in the novel. The characters' feelings felt very real and justified." Liz Ellyn, Indulge in Life's Guilty Pleasures Book Review Blog
|Publisher:||Dudzick Corp., The|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Ms. Caster knew in 9th grade she wanted to be a writer after receiving an A+ on a paper about 1930's actress Irene Dunne. That early triumphant high hooked her, and she's been writing ever since. She grew up in an apartment full of books, with a mother who read more than cooked, a father who wrote for a living, and a sister who grew up to write for a living. She married a successful playwright, and gave birth to two children who grew up and are writers. Her earliest memories involve Dick & Jane, red and blue fish, magical wardrobes, and Captain Nemo's submarine. She watched stories in her head and eventually wrote them down. (Cape May, her first novel, evolved from a mental picture of two people on a beach silhouetted against a star-filled sky.) Ms. Caster spends too much time watching films, from the 1930s through the present, would rather be in an art museum than almost anywhere, and would consider her perfect day spent in a European café with coffee and a book, resting her feet after being dazzled by Kandinski. She writes in her almost nonexistent free time, and considers herself blessed to work with words, whether her own or someone else's.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cape May by Holly Caster was totally different than what I thought it would be like. Holly Caster is a wonderful author. Her writing is truly amazing and I actually felt like I was there in New York or Cape May with these characters. The ending was wonderful, though. I am giving this book a four butterflies rating. It took me a while to get into the book as the beginning was kind of slow especially when we would go back in time to certain parts of Joanna’s or Michael’s lives. Other than that little problem I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Cape May is a really great book. It’s all third person point-of-view and is either with Joanna or Michael. I recommend this book to all adult book fans. It reminds me a little of Murder, She Wrote but not completely. I mean not the murder or mystery part, but Joanna reminds me a little of the way Jessica's life changed after she retired. How she embraced her life and became what she wanted. I think that is what Joanna finally does. She made a decision and she stuck with it. Joanna became a better version of herself. I liked the emotional growth the character made through the story. Anyways until the next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUTHOR ASKED ME TO READ AND GIVE AN HONEST REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK! To read other reviews like this one please visit my blog: baronessbooktrove.com
I loved this story! I didn’t want you to have to wait until the end of the blog post to find out what I thought about this book. Cape May is not your typical romance about young love. This romance involves middle aged people. I love that. I’m tired of reading about people fresh out of college trying to figure out what they want in a relationship. Or people in their thirties who got so busy starting their careers that they didn’t have time for relationships. It is so nice to read about people in their fifties that can be blindsided by love at first sight. The characters are people I can identify with. They were resigned to live the lives they were living. They weren’t looking for a romance, but it found them on a bus ride to Cape May. I loved the details of Cape May. It sounds like a charming little town with it’s Victorian house B&B’s, a boardwalk to the beach, and an arcade. Joanna married her best friend, Brian, out of convenience. Twenty years later they are still married when she takes a bus ride from New York to Cape May, New Jersey. She meets a writer, Michael and both of their lives are changed forever. Joanna must search her soul and decide what she really wants out of life. Her emotional struggle to try to come up with that answer is the heart of this book. This is Holly Caster’s debut novel. I love her writing style. I will be anxiously awaiting more books from this author.