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Vintage Babes
Vintage Babes by Elizabeth Oldfield 
by Elizabeth Oldfield

A novel of wisdom, compassion and spunk for women of any age

After a rich history of publishing romance novels, Elizabeth Oldfield writes that she was eager to fill the gap in books that explore the lives of women "of a certain age." The vagueness of the age definition is appropriate here because her new release, VINTAGE BABES, will appeal to a wide range of women whose life experience makes them crave a certain maturity, wisdom and common sense in the characters. Even better, despite their age, this author's characters have rich lives that are still open to the kind of new turns and changes that can occur when one's heart and sense of humor remain open.

VINTAGE BABES tells the story of three older women whose friendship changes their outlook and their lives. Carol, the narrator, is a divorced woman in her mid 50s who works for the local Dursleigh newspaper. At the beginning, Carol's fantasy is to have a young escort by her side to take her to all those twosome affairs and parties but go away when she doesn't need him. Carol wants all the would-be matchmakers to leave her alone. An escort seems the best solution to being a single woman of her age. Tina, a glamorous but widowed former media star, does not like getting older. When her husband dies, she feels helpless in managing her financial affairs and the town's residents prefer to gossip rather than lend a helping hand to this talked about gold-digger. Jenny, a plump stay-at-home mom and Carol's close friend, lacks confidence to enter the career world against the wishes of her husband.

After some funny escapades and meetings at Tina's husband's funeral, Carol has some encounters with the new young editor replacement who wants to bring change to the paper. Despite initial impressions and comical encounters with Tina, Carol and Jenny get roped into coming to Tina's aid. The two friends congregate at Tina's house around a young hip gorgeous personal trainer and the three exercise together. Their friendship, courage and spunk lead them in directions they never would have imagined at the beginning.

The narrator Carol is full of spark, humor along with a little bite, but also wisdom and common sense. Elizabeth Oldfield's first person narrative style and characterization draw one into the heart of the story. Suddenly, the reader finds herself completely lost in the world of the town and its inhabitants. Through Carol, the author gives the reader a wonderful mixture of humor and wisdom--- and a sense of compassion as well ----that grows and grows upon the reader in a quiet, gentle and imaginative way. By the end of the book, the reader realizes that Elizabeth Oldfield's writing has invited her into magnificent world that creates a positive glow on one's own life ---not a superficial quick pop culture slogan but the glow and happiness that comes from the wisdom, humor, friendship and compassion that hopefully living brings. This reader certainly hopes that the author will bring her readers back to the wonderful world of Dursleigh and its inhabitants in the future.

Publisher: Accent Press, Ltd (February 2008)

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