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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.'