At last a book from the original list!! I actually feel quite proud, as strange as that is, I’ll have to keep it up.
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 – aren’t they?
But Cait can’t shake off the feeling that something is missing. They are fit and healthy, if a bit skint – but the whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, giving them the time to do those things that really matter – and more importantly – together. So why is she left wondering if this is all there is? Has Matt always been this annoying and infuriating? And where have those ants-in-her-pants suddenly come from?
It’s not helped by the reappearance in her life of Tom Lewis, the love of her life who broke her heart at university and who, despite the fact she hasn’t she hasn’t seen him for decades, is still exerting his magnetic pull.
Her friends are Lorna, who recently lost her husband, and Debs whose husband recently left her. The three women must all question what they want out of the rest of their lives – and how they are going to get it…
I was looking forward to getting tucked into this one, after the books I’ve been reading lately I decided I needed something a little bit more light-hearted and thought that Dancing Over The Hill would fit the bill.
It certainly ticked the box, I was laughing at most of the senior moments that Cait and was only slightly concerned that I have been known to have some of these moments myself and I’m a way off my sixties, but the story also managed to be a lot more insightful than I expected as well. At the heart of the story is an exploration into relationships, how they change and the effort it takes to make them work.
Whilst Cait and Matt are in their sixties and facing the extra challenge of retirement I felt like I could so relate to the issues they are facing in their relationship. I think every couple has a few moments where they wonder if they’ve fallen into too comfortable a rhythm with each other and the way this was approached in the book was brilliant, I know that I would have been cracking up alongside Cait at some of the things Matt doesn’t do.
Cait was brilliant, I loved that she also sometimes gets a bit carried away with quizzes on Facebook instead of the jobs she thought she should be doing. I really liked that she was a free spirit and was her own person and didn’t settle for just doing everything for the family. I think though what I liked most about her was that she was flawed, she didn’t always do the right thing or behave perfectly but that she was ultimately able to take responsibility for her actions.
It was great that we also got to hear from Matt, it’s so true that sometimes we expect people to be mindreaders so it was good that we got to see his side of the story at points as well and how he perceived Cait. Her friends Lorna and Debs were also great additions, they were both polar opposites and so were great for advice.
The one thing that bothered me a little is that there is a bit of an issue between Cait and Debs at one point and it wasn’t exactly resolved by the end. I can kind of see why because another good few chapters could have been dedicated to it and it still maybe wouldn’t have resolved itself, but I don’t know personally I maybe would have preferred a little bit more of a decisive action instead of it being left so open.
I really enjoyed this book and was delighted that it still had that light-hearted side whilst at the same time being heart-warming and giving me a lot to think about. I will certainly be looking out for more books from Cathy Hopkins in the future.
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