I recently picked up The Big 5-0 eager to read about a heroine who is actually about my age - something you don't find too often in fiction.
First, this is a cozy mystery. A lovely, gentle mystery for the most part. Almost too cozy for me at first, and I nearly gave up on it in spite of the humor and great characters that Peggy had developed. When I got about 75% of the way through though, I really connected with Mattie and had to finish. I'm not sure why it took me so long. I think I'm just really cynical or something.
Peggy does have one quirk in her writing that I found quite distracting. She writes her dialogue in a way I've never seen done before. She will have one character speaking followed by the words "she said" so you think that character has finished speaking, yet when you move to the next paragraph of dialogue it is still the same character speaking. That took some real getting used to for me.
However, like I said before, I was finally hooked and my rating for this book went up significantly because of the last quarter of it and I loved the book in the end. It is also getting fantastic reviews by other readers. The moral of this book review is, don't give up too soon. You never know what is coming next.
Have you read any books that you nearly gave up on but were glad you didn't? Which ones?
Every year on her birthday, Matilda (Mattie) Mason visits the doctor to predict her physical health for the next year. Then she visits the psychic to predict everything else for the next year. "Be careful what you wish for..." Teresa, the psychic warns when Mattie tells her that this is the year she wants her dreams to come true. Change is coming, according to the psychic...will it be a good change or...well, you know...
Matilda Mason has been a good wife, an excellent mother, an obedient daughter, and a darn good garden reporter for the Cambridge Daily News. She's given all of herself to others...making sure everyone was well-taken-care-of whether they like it or not. She's baked birthday cakes, decorated her home, ironed her husband's shirts, and turned her newspaper stories in on deadline (most of the time.) Now she wonders if that's enough...and she finds, with some regret, that maybe it isn't, really, quite enough.
Since childhood, Mattie wanted to be an investigative reporter, but then LIFE happened, and she never pursued her real love, her true desire, her longed-for dream.
No matter what happens, Mattie Mason's 50th birthday is a real game changer. The life she's known and the life she's wished for converge and toss her world upside down. The one thing that's constant in life is change...and Mattie's in for some big changes...
About the author:
Peggy says on her website -
"...Hmmm, what can I say about myself?
I think a quote from my new book, “The Big 5-0” describes me best. My character, Matilda Mason, has this to say about her 50th birthday:
“The fact was that this birthday was making me feel needy and nervous. Suddenly I was on a deadline to accomplish something in my life.Like Matilda, I’ve done lots of things in my life and had many roles that I’ve tried to fulfill to the best of my ability. Sometimes I succeeded and sometimes I failed.
I looked at what I had done so far…raising a daughter, helping my mother and father in their business, being a good wife and a pretty good garden reporter…and saw that those things were OK. Much more than OK…even excellent.
But that wasn’t all I wanted to accomplish. Those things were only a part of me and the most important part of me had been held back and needed to emerge.
Now I had a shelf life. And it had a short sell-by date.
I had maybe another 25 good years left. I had a lot left to do in those years. I had to find myself and I had to do it fast.”
I’ve had lots of jobs, lots of experiences, and lots of laughter. I’ve had heartbreaks, too.
And I have an opinion about all of it...."
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