The Characters are How Old and Doing What?

Well, I know you thought this post would be about Mother’s Day.  Hey, you know it’s coming up, and you know what to do–make Mama feel like the queen she is.

I have always loved to read.  Almost nothing is better than curling up with a good book, cup of coffee/glass of wine (depending on the time of day), pair of socks and enjoying a good book. This week we’re going to talk about the books we love to read. We’re going to share the titles and tell a little bit about the book.

As a young child, the Bobbsey Twins ignited my love of reading.  I lived in their house and named my cat Snoop in honor of them. 

Over the years, my reading taste changed, but one thing that I noticed, very few of the characters changed; they never really matured, and if they did, they were relegated to sub-sub plots, you know, cooking, babysitting and sitting on the porch.

While in search of something to hold my attention, I found Ms. Evelyn Palfrey, and she bought joy to my heart.  Her books let me laugh, cry, become a detective, talk with the characters as I read and so much more.

I first got acquainted with her work while attending an event in Dallas, Texas where she told us of her love for romance novels (she almost lost me there), but I kept listening because she was so entertaining.  Then she said something that caught my attention–all the romance novels had beautiful, twenty something, fit characters in them.  As she had matured, the characters she had grown to love had stayed the same age.  She decided that she wanted to read about people who were more like her–maturing, working on second careers, some with children, grandchildren, some dealing with divorce, death, everything that happens as we go through this life.

I feel I know her because she writes about real women, but she does so entertainingly–they are not dull characters.  She writes about the one who goes on a diet, and doesn’t lose any weight.  She writes about the one who is insecure, the one who is confident, the one who dreams about the man who got away, until she sees him again, and then thank’s God he got away. Evelyn writes beautifully about women who sometime look back over their lives with regret, but also who look toward the future with hope.  One of my favorites by Ms. Palfrey is “Three Perfect Men”. There is romance and mystery which I love.

For pure pleasure, take a look at “Butterfly” by Kathryn Harvey. This one was something I picked up years ago.  It was recommended by the store clerk, and he was on the money.  It is a weekend read that is  just for fun. 

The last book that I read just for fun was “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”,  by Stieg Larsson.  It was wonderful, action packed, sexy and so much more.

Ladies who do you like to read?  Give us a name and a title of something that you enjoyed–tell us a little something about the book.  Let’s share.

Ms. Palfrey’s website is:

You can purchase her books and also the book “Butterfly” on Amazon.

If you don’t have time for an entire novel, take a look at this blog written by Pam Wyatt Aaron.  It is called the “Sage Book Whisperer”.  She writes about so many wonderful things–life, travel, tea, crafts, foods and so much more.   This blog will keep you entertained and informed.  Her blog site is: 

If any men are reading this, and I hope there are–buy Mama a tablet to read her books on–remember Mother’s Day is here.

Happy Mother’s Day and remember, “Thisisyourbestyear”.  Don’t forget to share your favorite books and authors with us.  See you next week



  • Edwina Putney
    May 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Maricia, your discovery of and comments about Evelyn Palfrey’s books are wonderful. As a “marvelously mature” (Evelyn’s term) romance reader, her book, The Price of Passion, was recommended to me by an AA bookstore manager who was hosting a booksigning for Evelyn that weekend. I read the book, attended the booksigning, and have been come a devoted fan who is happy to count Evelyn as a confidant and friend now. Thank you for your post.

    • thisisyourbestyear
      May 8, 2012 at 2:28 am

      Hi Edwina,

      You are the second person today to point me to “The Price of Passion”. I will be reading it. Thank you so much for reading the post. Please follow “Thisisyourbestyear”; make comments, suggestions and give incite on the topics we will be discussing.

      I look forward to hearing from you. Remember–Thisisyourbestyear.


      • Edwina Putney
        May 8, 2012 at 2:50 am

        I will definitely follow “Thisisyourbestyear”! Been reading past entries and enjoying it. Thank you for creating something that appeals to our demographic.


  • Minnie Estelle Miller
    May 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Evelyn Palfrey pointed me here. I agree with you about her books. I’ve read 3. “The Price of Passion” is the best for me. (I’m not a romance reader) IMO, Evelyn gave the baby character a voice and I fell in love with her. The novel offers reality, hope, and love.

    • thisisyourbestyear
      May 8, 2012 at 2:19 am

      Hi Minnie,
      I will take a look at “The Price of Passion”. I just love the fact that she writes about women of a certain age and makes them interesting. I am so happy that you read the post, please follow and give suggestions and comments.

      Thanks, hope to hear from you soon.

      • Minnie Estelle Miller
        May 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        Because she writes about women of a certain age if the reason I became interested in her work. I’m a seasoned woman. Ha!

      • thisisyourbestyear
        May 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        Me and you both.


  • Evelyn
    May 8, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Thanks for the shout-out, Maricia!

  • Beth Wiggs
    May 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Love all of Evelyn’s books! Did you know there is a link to a previous charicter in each book? They are wonderful! Just like the author! The only problem is that she needs to write more of them…Some of us are a bit greedy! LOL!


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