Finished June 14
Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd
This novel tells the story of Jeanie. Jeanie is just about to turn 60, and George her husband of 32 years left their bed ten years ago with no explanation. Jeanie still loves him, but she doesn't understand his retreat from her and he won't explain it no matter despite her questions. She's been too ashamed to confide this to anyone, even her best friend. Every Thursday afternoon, Jeanie takes a break from running her health food store to take her two-and-a-half year old granddaughter Ellie to the park. One afternoon she meets a man at the park, Ray, who is with his young grandson Dylan. After several meetings, Jeanie feels an unexpected connection with him, and pours out her heart to him. But her growing feelings for Ray are different than the love she still feels for George. She is drawn to him despite her better judgement.
George wants changes in their life, but Jeanie likes her city life in Highgate and enjoys running the store. She doesn't want the life in the country that George seems to have set his sights on, but he doesn't seem to be listening to her and when he continues with his plans despite her reservations, she begins to question her marriage more earnestly.
This is a story of a marriage, a chance at new love later in life, and the way a relationship, even when supported by love can stagnate when a couple stops communicating or paying attention to each other in a meaningful way.