Cape May

Fiction - Womens
310 Pages
Reviewed on 12/25/2015
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Author Biography

Holly Caster writes an entertainment column for The Nyack Villager, has written dozens of articles for employee assistance websites, and is the Editor of two journals devoted to pain management education. She is hard at work on her next novel Anne/Island/Whales. She lives in the lower Hudson Valley Region with her playwright husband Tom Dudzick and their two cats Alfie and Bill.

Holly knew in 9th grade she wanted to be a writer after receiving an A+ on a paper about 1930’s actress Irene Dunne. That early triumphant high hooked her, and she’s been writing ever since. She grew up in an apartment full of books, with a mother who read more than cooked, a father who wrote for a living, and a sister who grew up to write for a living. She married a successful playwright, and gave birth to two children who grew up and are writers. Her earliest memories involve Dick & Jane, red and blue fish, magical wardrobes, and Captain Nemo’s submarine. She watched stories in her head and eventually wrote them down. Holly spends too much time watching films, from the 1930s through the present, would rather be in an art museum than almost anywhere, and would consider her perfect day spent in a European café with coffee and a book, resting her feet after being dazzled by Kandinski. She writes in her almost nonexistent free time, and considers herself blessed to work with words, whether her own or someone else’s.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Cape May is a women’s fiction novel by Holly Caster. Fifty-nine-year-old Joanna Matthews feels her job and life are too predictable and dismal, and she craves a change. She decides to make her dream of owning a bed and breakfast in Cape May a reality. Her husband Brian reluctantly agrees to the move and Joanna takes a bus to Cape May to go house hunting over the weekend. She meets Michael Leighton, who shows her around the town, and falls in love with him. Joanna returns home in an irritable mood, reflecting on her marriage, but still determined to follow her dream of owning a guesthouse. Brian notices Joanna’s mood, but how can she confess to a man she has been married to for over twenty years that she is in love, but not with him?

It is not often that I read romance novels featuring characters over the age of fifty, so I was curious to see how it played out. Cape May is a beautifully crafted story by Holly Caster, who wrote it specifically for older adults. She has demonstrated that love does not have an age restriction, and romance is not only for the young but for the older generation too. The story was a poignant one which saw its main character, Joanna, stifling in the monotonous routine she has known for years while others around her feel comfortable. It had a very realistic, appealing theme in a lovely seaside setting. Cape May is a women’s fiction novel that is well worth reading.

Gisela Dixon

Cape May by Holly Caster is a heart-warming, realistic romance novel with middle-aged characters. Cape May follows the life and loves of a 60-something woman named Joanna Matthews, who is married to her long-time husband, Brian. Brian and Joanna met over 20 years ago and, after an unconventional romance, got married. Now, all of these years later, Joanna is in her sixties and wishes to pursue her long-standing dream of running a bed and breakfast. After much searching, she finds the perfect spot to set up her place — Cape May in New Jersey, a quaint old historic town. As she is pursuing her dreams, she meets Michael on the bus and immediately finds herself attracted to him, and the passion and attraction is mutual. What happens as Joanna wrestles with these thoughts and feelings and tries to understand where her heart lies forms the plot of the novel.

Cape May by Holly Caster is the perfect read for adults who enjoy realistic fiction and romance stories. What I liked about this book is that the focus is on characters that are past their youth and yet are fully open to the idea of love, sex, and romance just as anyone younger would be. In this sense, the story is inspirational and hopefully inspires people of any age to follow their dreams. The three main characters are well drawn and the writing style is simple, straightforward, and engaging in a very realistic way. Overall, this is a great book and I would highly recommend it.

Jessyca Garcia

Cape May by Holly Caster is about Joanna Matthews, a woman close to sixty, who is in a unique marriage with her best friend Brian. When Joanna and Brian turned forty they promised to marry each other if they were still single. Twenty years later, married Joanna unexpectedly meets Michael Leighton, a stranger, on a bus and forms an instant connection. Joanna’s feelings for Michael make her rethink her marriage and her own happiness.

After reading Cape May, the only thing I could think of was how badly I wanted to actually see Cape May, New Jersey myself. Caster painted a beautiful picture of a small town with Victorian style houses. She also threw in some actual facts about Cape May. Such as that the lighthouse was built in 1859 and first lit on Halloween. I originally thought I was going to have a little trouble connecting to the main character of Joanna, but I liked her and understood her immediately. I understood what Joanna was going through, but I had no idea how she would solve her problem. Michael was a very likeable guy, but I thought Brian was a bit boring. However, I understood why he was boring, because after twenty years not much surprises you about a person.

I enjoyed Cape May by Holly Caster more than I thought I would. I like reading this type of story because I am never sure how it will end. It can go a bunch of different ways and finding the perfect ending is hard. Caster did a good job with the ending of this story. If you like to read romance stories that are not too mushy, then this is the perfect book.