Years ago, my sister, Dee, and I loved the books by Kathleen Woodiwiss written between the early1970s through the first of the 2000s. Her occasionally racy books were the beginnings of the historical romances so popular today. Although i don’t read many, I decided to choose a romance story this September.

Now, its difficult for me to relate to romances about twenty or thirty year old couples, the age group of most of them. So, I look for books with characters over the age of forty. They aren’t easy to find in this genre. I guess if you’re in your fifties or older, there isn’t suppose to be any romance left in your life.

When I saw the movie Florence Foster Jenkins, I realized this was a delightful love story of a different type. Meryl Streep does a fantastic job as Florence with Hugh Grant as the younger husband who wants to protect her from the truth about her horrible, screeching voice. When Florence arranges a concert for herself at Carnegie Hall, he does all he can to make it a glorious success. That’s real love.

Recently, I decided to choose a romance story by a writer named Deeanne Gist, author of several Christian romances. In 2010, she teamed up with a mystery writer, J. Mark Bertrand. Together they wrote Beguiled, a romantic suspense novel which kept me interested because it had something along with the love angle.

This next romance book I read is totally different in style. An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer reminds me of Frederick Backman’s The Man Named Ove which was made into a movie, The Man Named Otto. Both books feature a recently widowed man who finds life alone difficult to deal with. That’s where the similarity ends. Edward Schuyler, the available man, wants to find love with a woman again. The book is witty, authentic, and left me feeling satisfied by the end.

There are so many books out there, I don’t know what story to choose to read next. What are you reading this September?

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