The Summer of Going Topless

Liz Davies

Contemporary Romance
Candice Summerville is fast approaching fifty-years-old and wonders if she might be invisible. No one seems to notice her – not really. Heck, she often doesn’t notice herself, except for her monthly scrutiny in the mirror to check on her body’s steady slide towards middle age. But when her ancient, practical estate car is consigned to the scrap heap, Candice falls in love with a cute, purple convertible, and from that moment on her life begins to take on a whole new meaning. Strangers wave at her and people stop to talk, and suddenly she isn’t invisible any longer. Life seems to be looking up, especially when she meets silver fox and handy-man, Paul. There’s just one fly in the ointment, one thing that has her second-guessing herself. Is it the car that Paul sees – or is it her?

Welcome back everyone, I’ve had a busy couple of months and we’ve still got a few more weeks (maybe a month) of busyness. Today I have a contemporary romance that may or may not appeal to you as the heroine is in her mid-late 40s.

I know not everyone likes reading romance novels when the main characters could be your parents age. I mean ew right? No one wants to think of their parents like that!

What I really loved right off the bat was that Candice was real. In every sense of the word. She’s not a perfectly fit size 8 (my American friends that’s like a size 2 for you I believe), she has some grey hairs, her fashion sense is a bit outdated and her body isn’t holding up like it used to. She even went through a messy divorce that left her lonely, especially when her kids grew up and moved out.

Although Candice went through almost a complete make over, none of it was triggered by a desire to be young and pretty or to impress a guy. Her car broke down, so she got a new one. Her normal hairdresser was out, so the step in one did something a bit different. These were catalysts for change that she rolled with and only did what she was comfortable with and I loved it.

I’m all for, if you’re not comfortable with who you are, how you look or how you feel then do something about it. But I’m also massively against changing who you are to fit in or to impress someone else. For example, even though society, my family and my partner all tell me I should dye my hair to hide my greys. I’m adamant that I want to age gracefully. That’s my choice.

Candice’s choice was to take control back of her life and live it to it’s fullest because you only have one. And I love it! This message of body positivity, acceptance and being who you are is so important for people to read. And I love that this is being addressed in an age group that’s probably feeling quite self-conscious about how they look thanks to marketing and social media.

Thank you for bringing us a real book, with a real character!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; I have my monthly wrap up at the end of the week. And next week I’ll be reviewing Babe Driven by Lizzie Chantree. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it. 


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5 Replies to “The Summer of Going Topless – Liz Davies”

  1. Oh gosh that’s a very very different kind of story and also can I say FINALLY? A protagonist that does stuff because THEY want to??
    I do agree that the age thing may put off a lot of readers but now I’m wondering if it’s worth it though. Love your review!

    1. I know right! I’m so happy Candice made changes because she wanted to.

      Keep in mind that although younger readers might be put off with this character, there are plenty of mature readers that will probably appreciate this. And in some cases be at this stage of life and may have experienced similar life hurdles

  2. This sounds like quite the read!…Great review, and I feel like age thing could be an issue but still sounds like something different in general

  3. Thanks for the review, it certainly got my attention and purchased the book based on your review. I can’t wait to read this.

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