| Book Review |
The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP – Jena C. Henry

 

When Charli’s husband Pud retires, she imagines their new life, enjoying an abundance of free time together, him home with her during the day but Pud has only one thing in mind – GOLF! 

| Introduction | 

Charli looks forward to her husband Pud’s retirement. She loves being a housewife and has found fulfilment in raising their two boys August and Zimmer (from A to Z!) but now she is alone all day this is just what she needs. Alas, it turns out that Pud has other ideas: his dedication to golf, his favourite hobby, resembles an addiction. It is treated exactly as his former work ethos. All day almost every day he can be found on the greens. This is not what Charli had planned. Now she feels trapped, is having nightmares about how to escape and change the reality.

| Storyline | 

Charli had it all figured out: Pud’s retirement would mean they spend their days and lunched together: no longer would it be just her and Oakley, their dog. Before Pud retired, Charli was happy with her life, be it that some might regard it as old-fashioned. She loves gardening, trying out new recipes and taking care of her husband, their two sons and the house. A man with an ironed shirt is a man loved by his wife – and Charli intended to never let her man go to work without a freshly ironed shirt. No man or woman would pity Pud for having a wife who neglected him – the ironed shirt would send out the right message. Every day, Charli ended with a little prayer for yet another beautiful day. Now Pud is retired, nothing has changed. He is still out all day long.

Instead of retirement hitting Pud in the face, it is Charli who has no idea how to fill her days, how to be happy. All her dreams have flown away and at a time, where she could do what she wants and dedicate herself to hobbies, whatever they might be, she can only come up with one thing: to be with Pud. Apart from going with him to the golf course because that is just a bridge too far. We see Charli’s reminiscences on her married life when her sons were growing up. Then, prompted by a dinner out with friends, Pud hits pm a fabulous idea. Why not take other people out to dinner? They have nephews, nieces and cousins. That way, they could reconnect with their family and travel a bit since they live in completely different parts of the country. This turns out to be the start of a new life together – a life in which they come closer to their family and friends and to each other.

| My Thoughts | 

I love the outset of this novel and the insights into the daily life of Charli and Pud. What an endearing couple! But then again .. Charli is the main protagonist and she has got everything her heart desires: two healthy children, a loving husband, no financial problems or health issues to worry about… When she sees a car she falls in love with, she just goes and buys it. When she finds a project to work on, the old photographs in the attic, she buys the equipment she needs to digitalise them. I wanted to shake Charli and tell her to wake up and realise that she has got so much – and that just like her husband, she should also have prepared for his retirement. Sometimes, I felt there was too much detail in the descriptions. Charli’s best trait is her perseverance and love for her family.  I was touched by their adventure (Pud’s idea!) and the way they reach out to everyone in the family, young and old.

| About the Author | 

Jena C. Henry Author Image

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron and practised law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.

| Book Info | 

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Paperback  272 pages
 Publisher  iUniverse (26 Aug. 2015)
 ISBN  978-1491769638
 eBook  583 KB (10 Sept 2015)
 ASIN  B0157KR7RQ
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