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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.