Can a Lawyer who Specializes in Breaking Up Couples Find Her Own Happy Ending?
Hazel Chamberlayne can. She's turning forty. And do you know what? She's excited about it. Successful by her own standards, flanked by a group of magnetic friends, she feels as if life is genuinely beginning for her.
Okay. Hazel would like a man. Though seeing the dregs of relationships every day as a divorce lawyer means she doesn't have much hope in men, much luck with men nor much time to look for them, period.
However, when fellow divorce lawyer Joe Ryan appearsa man ten years her junior, with a long-standing live-in girlfriendhe challenges Hazel's beliefs about who men are and what they want. And what will make her happy in life. Because this man may be different. May be.
|Publisher:||Red Dress Ink|
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The English really do do it better. I discovered the delightful Sarah Tucker when I first picked up her novel, The Last Year of Being Single. It didn't seem like my type of story, but after reading the first page, I was eager to find out what would happen by the last. When I finished it, I felt sort of changed. I felt like I had to do something; I felt like it wouldn't be quite right for me to just close the book and put it place it on my bookshelf and forget about it forever. The first idea you get when you read the blurb is "cougartown". It's an idea that seems to be overrated these days, called hot by tabloids like E!News and People magazine. I personally find it annoying because of how "cool" it's made out to be. Why should age differences in relationships be cool? After reading The Younger Man however, I could tell why. Hazel Chamberlayne is me. I'm not Hazel Chamberlayne, but she's me, she's you, she's every girl who has ever gotten her heart broken. Her love life has been through hell and high water, so at forty, she knows what she wants in life, and it's definitely not a new husband. She's got a beautiful daughter going off to college soon, a tight-knit circle of friends that you and I would both die to have, and is a successful, confident woman with a fantastic high-salary job. She already has a happily-ever-after life, one that began when her marriage ended, so who the hell is Joe Ryan, showing up at her firm like nobody's business? Who the hell is he to make her forget all of that, and to make her want to start over again? Well, for starters, he's eye candy. Major eye candy. Jaw-dropping, eye-popping, saliva-inducing eye candy. And you know what? This bastard is nice too! And dare I say it --funny! (collective gasp!!). Before she can tell herself not to fall for this guy, she finds herself falling for him anyway. It's bad enough that's he's so darned perfect; why must he be ten years younger? I winced, I smiled, I teared up, and I damn near fell off the sofa laughing, while reading The Younger Man. Tucker's charming, goofy British style is sure to make you as well. I have to warn you though, there was some pretty funny English lingo that I didn't quite understand, but it wasn't awful; I could figure out most of it by context. I love Sarah/Hazel's voice, though. British people are so suave and cynically hilarious. I enjoyed this one a lot. I also now love them Brits :) Rating: 9 hearts- One of my all-time favorites!
In London as divorce attorney Hazel Chamberlayne nears her fortieth birthday her cynicism towards the opposite sex grows geometrically at the same time the empty nest syndrome beckons with her beloved daughter heading off to college. Hazel feels quite good with being a senior partner and believes life begins at forty, but also feels somewhat lonely having not dated since her own divorce. --- The firm has a new legal partner, Joe Ryan, who Hazel, shocking herself, finds quite desirable as she has not felt that way towards a male in a long time. Joe, though he has a live-in girlfriend and is ten years her junior, reciprocates her feelings. Though Joe makes efforts to prove not all men think with that head as he is falling in love, Hazel refuses to step out of her safe zone as she knows an affair with a junior partner could cause havoc on the firm and besides he has a lover no sloppy seconds for her. --- This is an interesting look at a boardroom romance between a senior female partner and the junior male newcomer part of the profundity is the woman being the older person in the potential relationship. When the story line focuses on Hazel and her relationships with her ex, her daughter, her staff, and now Joe, the tale is top rate. When her zillion friends share the lead, the plot slows down under overload. In spite of too many sidebars tidbits, Sarah Tucker provides a compelling relationship tale between an older woman and THE YOUNGER MAN. --- Harriet Klausner