A Midlife Holiday

The Midlife Trilogy Book 1

Fiction - Womens
320 Pages
Reviewed on 08/18/2022
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Author Biography

Cary J. Hansson is the author of six books and several short stories. Her work has been shortlisted in national and international competitions. She lives in Stockholm where she enjoys a glass of wine and a swim daily, but not in that order.

I wrote A Midlife Holiday because I wanted to put middle-aged women front and centre stage. They're funny and strong, liberated from the constraints of childcare and ready to grab the reins of their lives and become the heroes of their own stories.
We don't see that often enough.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite

We all joke about midlife crises; however, they are anything but funny. In A Midlife Holiday by Cary J Hansson, we meet three college friends, Caro, Helen, and Kay. All three are in different places when their fiftieth birthdays come along. Helen feels trapped in an unfulfilling marriage, unheard and unseen other than being the cook and cleaner. Kay has lost herself in the process of taking care of everyone else except herself. Caro is a professional career woman who did not have time to give to a husband or children. We meet them on Helen’s birthday and Caro invites Kay and Helen on a holiday to Cyprus. This holiday becomes cathartic in the lives of the three women. They realize the wealth of true, honest friendship as well as take a hard look at themselves and their respective lives and the decisions they have made and will make in the future.

A Midlife Holiday by Cary C Hansson is a fictional account of three women reaching their fifties. Many issues that women have to face in the modern world – from choosing between a family and a career to taking a stand against husbands and family members taking them for granted - are touched on with a hint of humor that makes the reader smile and say, ‘Yes, that is how it really is.' This is done with a humorous take on the situations and problems they deal with. It is a true midlife book that anyone around fifty will appreciate. The book is well written and easy to read and portrays what friendship and support mean. As the author says, 'Show me two women who haven’t come to blows over half a lifetime and I’ll show you two acquaintances, not friends.'

Jennifer Ibiam

Three women in their early fifties were friends for thirty years. Helen got married to a selfish man who did not care for her wellbeing. She changed from being a fun-loving woman to simply existing. Caro was shy in college but became a stunning, high-flying, and accomplished career woman. But she approached life by planning everything and believed nothing could go wrong. Was she wrong? Kay, the brightest one among them, became relegated to a life of caring for her severely autistic son and sick parents after her divorce. Helen’s fiftieth birthday brought the three women together, and Caro invited them to holiday with her in Cyprus. There, they discovered the cracks in their relationship, leading to an emotional explosion in A Midlife Holiday by Cary J Hansson.

A Midlife Holiday by Cary J Hansson is a fantastic page-turner filled with humor, life lessons, and enlightenment. The book has a beautiful storyline interpreted by well-developed characters. It was also realistic and unpredictable. I am nowhere near fifty, but the midlife crisis is real. The author was also spot-on with friendships. Sustaining friendships isn’t easy, let alone managing them for three decades. A Midlife Holiday was thought-provoking because the three women lived in their self-imposed prisons. And it was ironic that while Caro chose herself to the point of selfishness, Kay and Helen were so selfless that they lost themselves. Where is the balance? Where do we draw the line between caring for others and prioritizing ourselves? I enjoyed reading this novel and seeing life from the women’s points of view, and I'll look out for other installments.