Paradise Point by Cynthia A. King.
Novel: A Mid-Life Romance.
Never married Aimee Dunsmore hides her identity as a successful Gothic Romance ghostwriter. Happy to toil away in relative obscurity, a chance encounter with a man she meets at the grocery store causes her to reevaluate her priorities. For Aimee to take a risk on love in real life she has to take her head out of the clouds, put her heart in play and decide if Mitch is truly the one to go all in on. His unstable ex -wife is determined to make it impossible for Mitch to ever be happy again. She finds out about Aimee and goes to extremes to drive her away for good.
Paperback: 378 Pages
Publisher: Authorcynthiaaking (September 27, 2022)
Fiction: (Mid-Life Management)
Fiction: Parenting & Relationships
How JoJo Got Her Mojo Back by Cynthia A. King.
Josephine Anderson has one heck of a marriage to clean up. It would be easier if she knew where Ray, her AWOL husband went but he didn’t leave a forwarding address. She always imagined her retirement would involve a chaise lounge and a Pina Colada, but since Ray disappeared it sort of wrecked her vision. After giving him three wonderful kids and the best years of her life, he has the nerve to leave her now.
While waiting for his return she makes some new friends. Friends she might like more than Ray. She passes the time visiting Helen, an elderly woman with a son who kind of likes Josephine. She has a big German Shepherd and a teenage girl in exile because she might be gay as her handler. They form a bond over the summer only to have it threatened by Ray’s return.
It’s at Helen’s funeral where Ray shows up and causes a scene. Josephine has to decide what direction she wants her life to go from here. Her kids want her to reconcile and restore the family home. Ray wants his wife back. But nobody figures Josephine has a few wants of her own.
Review by Janis Woodard: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great read! Empowerment!
Review by Roberta Cullen: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great book! I really enjoyed this book. The story of JoJo and her relationships throughout this book were very interesting! The author’s quick wit and humor made this book very easy to read. Was one of my favorite books!
Review by Ismael Rodriguez: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Unique and well-developed characters. I really enjoyed reading this book! The story of JoJo and her relationships throughout the book were incredibly interesting and kept me engaged from start to finish. The author’s quick wit and humor added an extra layer of enjoyment to the book and made it very easy to read.
One of the things I loved about this book was the unique and well-developed characters. JoJo, in particular, was a fantastic protagonist who I found myself rooting for throughout the entire story. Her struggles with her messy marriage and her newfound friendships made for a compelling and emotional journey.
The pacing of the book was also excellent, with just the right amount of tension and drama to keep things interesting without ever feeling too overwhelming. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and engaging read.
Josephine’s situation was tough, and it was heart-wrenching to see her struggle with her emotions while waiting for Ray’s return. But her newfound friends, Helen and her dog, provided her with some much-needed companionship and support during a difficult time.
The scene at Helen’s funeral where Ray shows up and causes a scene was incredibly well-written, and it had me on the edge of my seat. Josephine’s decision to choose her own path, despite the expectations of her children and husband, was empowering and made for a satisfying conclusion to the story.
Overall, this book was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. If you’re looking for a well-written and engaging novel with a relatable protagonist and a cast of memorable characters, then this book is definitely worth checking out.
Review by Caryn: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A Fun Book with A Lot of Heart. This book is a lot of fun. The characters are unique, the pacing is good, and overall, I enjoyed reading it.
Paperback: 250 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (September 21, 2022)
Fiction (Contemporary Women)
The Replacements by Cynthia A. King.
A Fractured Family Fairy Tale.
Valerie wants her family back, but because she’s divorced from the alcoholic father of her three girls, it doesn’t seem likely. Since his injury derailed his plans for the future, instead of turning to Valerie for comfort he turned towards alcohol and the local pub. Here he relives the glory days with friends who remember him as the all star quarterback and not the lame guy who walks with a limp.
Valerie moves her girls away to shield them from his neglect and indifference, and falls in love with her neighbor. A lifelong bachelor who deliberately avoids any interested women, he makes an exception for Valerie and her girls. He’s willing to relocate when she loses her job and returns home. Her ex is now sober, a single dad to a little boy.
Her boyfriend isn’t convinced her ex won’t make a play for her now he’s sober, and wonders if Valerie’s desire for a family will trump her love for him. She needs to resolve the hurt and pain of the past if she’s going to build a family where everyone has a seat at the table.
Paperback: 346 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (April 28, 2023)
About The Author: Is there life after menopause? Cynthia A. King thinks so, and writes fiction for mature women. A married empty nester, she focuses on issues faced by adult women: cheating spouses, the adult child living in her basement with no exit plan, ageism, illness, being in debt up to their tattooed eyebrows and dealing with their situations with humor and grace, occasionally a sledgehammer or other heavy implement. There is always a man, not necessarily her husband, for romantic high jinks. This is what happens when chick-lit grows up and discovers their Prince Charming is really Prince Harry. No werewolves or vampires required; these ladies might put a stake through your heart. One of her adult daughters is herself a writer, and does social media author-based content. While referring to the phenomenon of niches, she says my mother has her own niche: the angry post-menopausal woman. Huh. I didn’t know she was paying attention.
Cynthia had good Catholic parents who had five kids. She married Tom whose parents were also good Catholics with seven kids. The amount of kids means a deep well of (dysfunctional) material. That’s important because characters are what drive her to write. She loves to create books rich in characters facing the same human condition-life, and how they deal with it. Her stories are humorous and feature a lot of oddballs in ridiculous situations. She is also an animal lover and may include a dog or cat who sometimes are the sanest characters in the room. If you’re looking for a beach read or are flying Southwest and stuck in an airport, her books are an enjoyable way to pass the time.
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