Life After Men

The Silver Sex Kittens Book 1

Fiction - Chick Lit
70 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2018
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Life After Men: The Silver Sex Kittens, Book 1 is a chick lit novella written by Karen Charlton and Jean Gill. Carys knew she didn’t have to mop up the kitchen floor every two days anymore, even as she continued to do so. Lance’s death had ended irrevocably his habit of tracking in mud from his garden and greenhouse. It had been less than a month since he had passed, and while she had watched him fight and gradually lose his battle with cancer, his death was still a shock. She was still learning about all the things he did, like changing the oil and spark plugs in the car and chasing errant starlings out of the house. The house felt horribly vacant, and she hadn’t spoken to anyone in days.

A phone call from Moira, whose friendship had spanned a dozen years now, quickly broke her solitude. Moira had lost her own husband ten years ago, so she knew how Carys was feeling, and she definitely understood how tiresome the endless platitudes and expressions of sympathy had become. Instead, Moira challenged Carys to explore herself, to try new things, to join her in starting this next phase of their lives in grand style. Who said women in their fifties had to behave the way their sons thought they should? Carys would accept every invitation that came her way, and she’d start enjoying life with her chums. After all, they were silver sex kittens, and there were plenty of people out there who would appreciate them.

Life After Men: The Silver Sex Kittens, Book 1 questions the cultural expectations regarding widowed women in their fifties and introduces a quintet of women who defy those expectations and have a grand time doing so. I was alternately amused and outraged by the fat-shaming antics of Geraldine, the Chubbies’ World rep, at the slimming group they attend, and loved how they top off that spectacle with drinks and food at the local pub. Charlton and Gill’s characters are quirky, independent and fun, and their plot has plenty of sizzle and sass. While this is categorized as chick lit, I had a grand time reading it and am looking forward to further adventures from the Silver Sex Kittens. Life After Men: The Silver Sex Kittens, Book 1 is most highly recommended.