Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

Reply
Distinguished Wordsmith
pjpick
Posts: 1,043
Registered: ‎03-16-2007
0 Kudos

Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!

[ Edited ]

Help! I'm in a chick lit mood but I'm having a horrible time finding some fun type contemporary chick lit novels with the female lead as a little older (preferably older than 40 but mid thirties is okay). This has got to be the club with members in the know.I found one (Jennifer Crusie "Anyone but You") but am having a hard time finding others.  If they're saucy, even better.

 

Any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Moderator
Melanie_Murray
Posts: 3,511
Registered: ‎11-16-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!

 

Summer Rental fits the bill, and it's out now. The other book I think of off the top of my head is Jane Porter's Flirting with Forty .

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!


pjpick wrote:

Help! I'm in a chick lit mood but I'm having a horrible time finding some fun type contemporary chick lit novels with the female lead as a little older (preferably older than 40 but mid thirties is okay). This has got to be the club with members in the know.I found one (Jennifer Crusie "Anyone but You") but am having a hard time finding others.  If they're saucy, even better.

 

Any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!


I recommend any books by Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kristan Higgins - there are SOOO many more, but you can't go wrong with these authors for a start. If you liked ANYONE BUT YOU, try these:

 

Bet Me 

Welcome to Temptation 

Tell Me Lies    

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!

This doesn't sound very chick-lit, but I like the author - or at least I liked her books written as Rebecca Flanders.

 

http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/2011/02/keys-to-caste-by-donna-ball.html

 

Keys to the Castle  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is from Lesa's Book Critiques (link above):

 




Donna Ball's author bio at the back of Keys to the Castle says she "Has published more than eighty works of fiction since 1982, both under her own name and under pseudonyms Rebecca Flanders, Donna Carlisle, Leigh Bristol, Taylor Brady, and Donna Boyd."  Yet Keys to the Castle is the first book of hers that I've read, although I've recommended her Ladybug Farm series.  I think I've been missing something.

At forty-six, Sara Graves ranted at her sister that she had been plain old Sara Graves, a middle-aged workaholic who finally took a chance at adventure by marrying a French poet who lived in the U.S., and suddenly she's the widow of a man she only knew for three months. Even worse, she has to make a trip to France to settle her late husband's estate.  She barely knew Daniel Orsay, and she doesn't think she deserves an estate in a country where she doesn't even speak the language.  "It wasn't that she didn't want to go to France.  She didn't want to say good-bye."

Ash Lindeman wasn't looking forward to greeting Sara Graves, either.  As Daniel's closest friend, and his lawyer, he was responsible for handling Rondelais, Daniel's estate.  It might be run-down, but it is a castle with a great deal of problems.  One of the problems is Ash's ex-wife, Michele, Daniel's cousin, who wants the estate for herself.  Since Michele was one of the biggest mistakes of his life, Ash is determined to see that Sara knows all of her options in selling or handling the property.  Ash just didn't realize Sara's own determination.  She planned to leave France, but she fell for the property.  And, there seemed to be a spark between her and Ash.  It's too bad Daniel left behind one secret that could ruin everyone's plans.

Keys to the Castle is a warm, charming story with two needy main characters.  The characters, the gorgeous French setting, the castle itself, are all well-developed.  And, it's refreshing to see the relationship between two middle-aged workaholics.  Donna Ball's book swept me away to another world.  She says,  "Keys to the Castle is a grown-up fairy tale for those who no longer believe in second chances."  I'm sure it will be only the first of her books that I'll read.  If it's any indication, I've been missing some enjoyable stories.

Donna Ball's website is www.donnaball.net.

Keys to the Castle by Donna Ball.  Berkley Books, ©2011. ISBN9780425239308 (paperback), 336p.

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!

Distinguished Correspondent
1AnneB
Posts: 848
Registered: ‎08-03-2009
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!


becke_davis wrote:

This doesn't sound very chick-lit, but I like the author - or at least I liked her books written as Rebecca Flanders.

 

http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/2011/02/keys-to-caste-by-donna-ball.html

 

Keys to the Castle  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is from Lesa's Book Critiques (link above):

 




Donna Ball's author bio at the back of Keys to the Castle says she "Has published more than eighty works of fiction since 1982, both under her own name and under pseudonyms Rebecca Flanders, Donna Carlisle, Leigh Bristol, Taylor Brady, and Donna Boyd."  Yet Keys to the Castle is the first book of hers that I've read, although I've recommended her Ladybug Farm series.  I think I've been missing something.

At forty-six, Sara Graves ranted at her sister that she had been plain old Sara Graves, a middle-aged workaholic who finally took a chance at adventure by marrying a French poet who lived in the U.S., and suddenly she's the widow of a man she only knew for three months. Even worse, she has to make a trip to France to settle her late husband's estate.  She barely knew Daniel Orsay, and she doesn't think she deserves an estate in a country where she doesn't even speak the language.  "It wasn't that she didn't want to go to France.  She didn't want to say good-bye."

Ash Lindeman wasn't looking forward to greeting Sara Graves, either.  As Daniel's closest friend, and his lawyer, he was responsible for handling Rondelais, Daniel's estate.  It might be run-down, but it is a castle with a great deal of problems.  One of the problems is Ash's ex-wife, Michele, Daniel's cousin, who wants the estate for herself.  Since Michele was one of the biggest mistakes of his life, Ash is determined to see that Sara knows all of her options in selling or handling the property.  Ash just didn't realize Sara's own determination.  She planned to leave France, but she fell for the property.  And, there seemed to be a spark between her and Ash.  It's too bad Daniel left behind one secret that could ruin everyone's plans.

Keys to the Castle is a warm, charming story with two needy main characters.  The characters, the gorgeous French setting, the castle itself, are all well-developed.  And, it's refreshing to see the relationship between two middle-aged workaholics.  Donna Ball's book swept me away to another world.  She says,  "Keys to the Castle is a grown-up fairy tale for those who no longer believe in second chances."  I'm sure it will be only the first of her books that I'll read.  If it's any indication, I've been missing some enjoyable stories.

Donna Ball's website is www.donnaball.net.

Keys to the Castle by Donna Ball.  Berkley Books, ©2011. ISBN9780425239308 (paperback), 336p.


 

 

 

Oh Becke - Another book for my TBR pile !!!! Looks good, though...

 

Anne

Distinguished Wordsmith
pjpick
Posts: 1,043
Registered: ‎03-16-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!

Thanks everyone! I'll check all of these out!

 

Contributor
The-Ladies-Room
Posts: 25
Registered: ‎08-03-2009
0 Kudos

Re: Need recommendations for chick lit with older (35-40+) female characters!