Today, Mandie takes over the blog again with a review of Dancing Over The Hill by Cathy Hopkins. We’ll see what Mandie thought in just a moment after we’ve taken a look at what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
The hilarious and poignant new novel from the best selling author of The Kicking the Bucket List.
When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it’s time to hide the remote…
Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid. An inspiration to others. Stuck together like glue. But Cait can’t shake off the feeling that something is missing. The whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, so why does she feel shut up like a clam?
Things get more complicated when Tom Lewis, the man who broke her heart at university, makes a reappearance – still as charming as ever. Her friends, widow Lorna and newly-single Debs, have their own views of what Cait should do – but she isn’t in the mood to listen.
When Tom makes Cait an unexpected offer, Cait feels the pull of a different life. Has she got the guts to take the plunge, or does it take more courage to give her marriage another chance?
Funny and thoughtful, this is a book for anyone who ever wondered . . . what if?
Having been in a bit of a reading slump I decided I needed a book that would make me chuckle and based on the blurb this was a book that could do that. And it didn’t disappoint.
Cait and Matt have been married for a long time and on the surface have the perfect marriage. It’s only when Matt loses his job that the cracks begin to show. They should have been enjoying retirement however Cait was working temp jobs to pay the bills and Matt was wallowing in self-pity as he felt like he had been put on the scrap heap.
Cait loves her lists… they help her combat her more “senior moments” and had established a routine over the years and now that she had her husband under her feet all the time this was being questioned and she started to resent it and in turn resent him too. She didn’t seem to understand how her once active husband suddenly changed into a permanently dressing gown wearing depressed person. Her reaction to this was to continually push him to do things. Let’s face it if we are honest that sort of reaction never ends well and tends to have the opposite effect, yet we all do it despite this… its human nature. She has a close set of friends that come with their own baggage but are happy to offer advice and support at every opportunity. And when her old college boyfriend gets in touch via Facebook, Cait really starts to question everything. Her reactions to bumping into someone she knew while meeting up with him had me chuckling as they were slightly over the top and not something you would expect someone in their 60’s to do. She is also constantly worrying about her widowed father, trying to convince him to move in with her and Matt, although am not sure the timing was right.
Matt drove me nuts. Losing his job at his age was a big blow to him and he suddenly felt useless. And the pyjama wearing, pity party for one began. He also drove Cait nuts eating everything in sight, making a mess, questioning what she was doing and where she was going but not doing anything to help around the house. Some of this made me smile, not necessarily because it was funny but more because I have lived through some of it. Egged on by his brother there are times that he got himself into situations that would drive the most understanding of wives to a complete meltdown.
The funniest part of the book for me was when Matt hurt his back. Trust me that statement is not as warped as it sounds. The scene that occurs could be straight out of a Carry on film
What is evident throughout is that over the years Cait and Matt have been so busy with their careers and raising kids that they have forgotten how to communicate and essentially they have been living separate lives in the same house. And when all that changes they don’t know how to deal with it. Now I may not be as old as them (although some family and friends may say I look as old as they are) but I have been married nearly as long as them so some of what they were going through did ring true. And for me that was the appeal of the book. Mixed with humour and a refreshing honesty, Dancing Over the Hill is a book that will have you smiling and possibly agreeing with its sentiments throughout.
With thanks to publishers Harper Collins for providing the copy of Dancing Over The Hill for review. It is available now from the following retailers: