What better time than now to open up our first discussion on book #28, Flirting with Forty. Yes folks, we’ve got our hands on yet another fast-paced read, so hopefully you’ve reached the end of the first segment of the novel, at the very minimum. Even if you’re ahead, please take a few moments to post your spoiler-free thoughts on the following:
- Jackie’s trip to Hawaii is a turning point for her. What roles do the contrasting climates and cultures play in Jackie’s learning process? Would a vacation anywhere else have had the same effect?
- Have you reached your big 4-0 birthday yet? If so, how did you celebrate? Did you dread turning 40 (or 50 or any other landmark birthday)? How does age impact a woman’s self-image and self-esteem?
- The physical challenge of surfing and her attraction to a surf instructor reconnect Jackie with her own body and with sexuality in ways she has not experienced in years. Are her insecurities and skepticism warranted? If so, why does she “feel like me, only better”?
- Jackie says “I don’t know if it’s life, motherhood, or marriage but women start giving pieces of themselves up, little by little, year after year, and then one day you wake up and you’re not even there anymore. All the things that made you fun and fiery and hopeful… are gone.” Can you identify with her point of view?
- Now here’s that typical question we ask our bookclub members after reading from a new author on our site: What are your thoughts on the author’s writing style? Are you interested in reading more Jane Porter novels?
Your turn – answer away!