We’re having fun with our latest series, Chapel Cove Romances, set in a small Oregon coastal town, where for many of our characters, life begins at 40. The first three books all feature heroines about to turn 40, and all facing big changes in their lives.
MARION: Way back in September 2000, I turned forty with a bash! Surrounded by family and close friends, I hosted a fun “Color Me Forty” party. I donned my brightest, most colorful blouse, and we had a lamb roasting on the spit while we sat outside under our large willow tree drinking brightly colored sodas, playing kids games, and painting our faces. Everyone also painted a square cloth depicting me. After all these years, I still haven’t figured out what to do with those pieces of painted fabric, but they’re nice to look at from time to time.
ALEXA: I’m one of those women who thinks that instead of celebrating forty, one should celebrate one’s 39th birthday for at least five times. Or seven. Good things about turning 40 for me are:
I realized that what matters is not what other people think of me but what God thinks of me.
I don’t need to impress anyone.
I don’t have as much energy as I used to, so I can allow myself some lazy days.
I can treat myself to good chocolate and not feel guilty about it (no longer self-conscious about my weight).
Considering that some people live a hundred years now, I hopefully still have most of my life ahead of me. Sometimes life does start at forty!
AUTUMN: LOL, Alexa wrote exactly what I was thinking too. Yay for 40 and being our own and God’s own women at last! That has to be a good thing!
Turning 40 for me was… um… interesting. The potentially most romantic dinner of my life in the most romantic setting, something my long-term boyfriend and I had planned well in advance. A holiday in a lovely hotel in a gorgeous small French village, all sweet little old stone cottages with flower-filled gardens. A little arched bridge over the river lined with weeping willows. A candle-lit champagne dinner in the internationally renowned chef’s restaurant booked for my birthday.
Perfect place for a proposal, right?
My darling boyfriend chose that vacation to tell me that instead of working late, he’d been seeing someone else for months, fallen crazy in love with her, and it was time for us to say goodbye. The champagne dinner ended up far more about drowning my sorrows than celebrating!
Now, I can laugh about it. Life really did begin at forty for me, too. Two years later I met the man God intended for me all along.
And now, I’m also wondering – how can I use this in a book? It will appear, somehow, somewhere, in one of my stories!
In the three currently available books, Remember Me, Love Me, and Cherish Me – first of hopefully twelve stand alone romances in the series – each heroine turns 40 in a different way.
One is treated to a truly romantic dinner – spoiler – he doesn’t tell her he’s been cheating on her!
One – guess whose! – wants to cancel her birthday altogether.
And one has a fun get-together with her best friends.
So, how did you turn 40, what’s good about being over 40, or if you aren’t there yet, how do you hope 40 will be for you?
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