APPLES SHOULD BE RED
by Penny Watsonpublished by Penny Watson February 15, 2014
E-Book 84 PAGES
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Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:
Start with 62-year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.
Add 59-year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.
Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor.
Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.;
Tastes like happily ever after.
Penny Watson presents an over-fifty romantic comedy novella. 21,000 words. Story includes copious profanity and botanical references.
It seems the universe has heard my plea for heroines older that 32 (complaining of their age) as this is the third novel I have read in the past six months with an older woman as the main character. Now if it would just hear me about sleeves on dresses.
As a woman in her (oh my goddess!) mid-fifties I can say that for myself, sex did not end at fifty. I’m just coming in to my stride. I don’t really believe age has a lot to do with how sexual or sensual you are.
But, there is a dearth of novels featuring women over 35., and even they are fearful of having dried up cooters so, a heroine over twenty is notable on its own. Penny does a good job drawing these two diametrically opposed people. I could never imagine being attracted to Tom, our sixty-something love interest. And, I have a hard time imagining he would be attracted to a woman like Bev who he dislikes even when they aren’t in the same room. I just don’t see it, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen less likely matches. You know, those couples where you raise your eyebrow in wonder?
So opposites attract? I guess the heart wants what the heart wants. And, Bev seems to be attracted to Tom, and he to her. So they both change a little. There’s the crux of the book: it’s nice that they get it on and that she has the best sex of her life, but the point is that we are never to old to change, to open ourselves up to new experience and to love.
It’s a short book, and the blurb pretty much tells you what is going to happen. And, people aren’t always who they seem to be. Tom is an old curmudgeon; a bit of an anachronism. Beverly is a refugee from the 1950s. The characters feel older than their stated ages. Bev is Donna Reed in the Martha-Stewart-age, okay, maybe I know a couple of ladies who are not entirely dissimilar.
The characters feel somewhat two dimensional. I think this is a format issue. There’s a plot and a lot of change that has to happen so where in a novel the characters might be deeper and more fleshed out , in a short story they are less delineated. The beginning point of the characters isn’t as important as where they end up. The story starts off with Bev’s daughter and her husband who is Tom’s son. I think the beginning shows that the apples don’t fall far from the tree, but also that our parents’ characteristics don’t have to become entirely ours.
And they end up happier than where they started, they have both changed. It’s a great idea for a story and a fun read.