What I didn't realize was, this was a romance novel. No, not the 50 Shades of Grey type. (If that's what you're in the mood for, then check out Edith's very own naughty bit of writing.) I still haven't read 50 Shades but from what I understand, the writing is craptastic and the story is a bit convoluted. The Age of Desire, on the other hand, is a beautifully written book with rich characters and vivid imagery (a result of author Jennie Fields' intensely dedicated research, no doubt). And, yes, there is a little bit of sexy time in there - but it's the romantic type so it's okay.
Essentially, Edith undergoes a sexual awakening of sorts when she reaches middle-age and falls in love with a younger man. Being a married woman, she's torn between her responsibilities to her marriage and her desire to follow her heart. As you can imagine, this all makes for a very intriguing read. Add to that the fact that, as Edith's marriage is falling apart, Edith's lifelong friendship with her secretary (and former governess) Anna is also on the brink. Knowing that this was based on real people and real events just makes it all the more compelling.
And now, one of you lucky lovelies can check it out for yourself! If you'd like to win your very own copy of The Age of Desire all you need to do is:
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To see a few other thoughts on the book (and for more giveaways), check out the reviews from the other book club ladies: