Description of book
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?
My review of Cape May
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.
About the author:
HOLLY CASTER writes an entertainment column for The Nyack Villager, has written dozens of articles for employee assistance websites, and is the Editor of two journals devoted to pain management education. She is hard at work on her next novel Anne/Island/Whales. Ms. Caster lives in the lower Hudson Valley Region with her playwright husband Tom Dudzick and their two cats Alfie and Bill.
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.
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