Top Ten Tuesday — Women of A Certain Age

28 Jul

I had a tough time coming up with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday Freebie topic. There were so many things to choose from — exotic locales, TBR pile, fun titles, etc. Truly unlimited list options. So, I began thinking about the main characters of the books I have recently read, and discovered that almost all were in their 20s or 30s. It has been a while since I saw those numbers, having entered my golden years. Ouch! Where are the characters that are closer to my age that aren’t the cookie-baking, supportive, and supporting grandma characters? If you are like me and need a few more relatable mature characters, my list includes books that feature one main character that is a woman of a certain age. Hope you find one to love!


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Top 10 Books Featuring Women of A Certain Age


Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet by Charlene Baumbich

On the outskirts of the pastoral Illinois town of Partonville, Illinois, eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy Wetstra lives on her farm, venturing out to drive around in her 1976 Lincoln Continental — affectionately dubbed “The Tank”—play bunco with her pals, or grab a stool at Harry’s counter, where she can stay on top of the town’s latest shenanigans (most of which she is responsible for).
But when a visitor comes to town with a proposition, Dorothy finds herself faced with a decision that could change her beloved town, and her life. Before long, her gift for shaking things up may come in handy . . .

Harriet Beamer Takes The Bus by Joyce Magnin

Aging and recent widow Harriet Beamer insists she’s getting along fine with her dog Humphrey in Philadelphia … until she falls for the fourth time, injuring her ankle, and causing her son and daughter-in-law to cry foul. Insisting Harriet move in with them in California, they make a bet that her ankle is broken, and she foolishly promises to move if they’re right. Four x-rays later, Harriet’s ankle ― and her heart ― are broken. She packs up, ships her huge salt and pepper collection to California, and prepares to move away from the only life she knows. The only catch? She’s doing it her way. Just wait till her daughter-in-law hears Harriet will travel cross country only by public transportation and alternate means. What follows is a hilarious, heartwarming journey by train, metro bus, ferry, and motorcycle. Along the way, Harriet discovers that although her family thinks it’s time for her to be put out to pasture ― God has a different plan.

Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney

Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband Grant are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast, just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

Invisible by Lorena McCourtney

She’s not your average crime fighter! Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it’s only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation. Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can’t resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities’ attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor’s match-making schemes can’t slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids and grandkids. It’s looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can’t bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her children always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they’d made each year when they were kids. Stan had nicknamed them the “ugly ornaments” but Judith adored them. Now she can barely look at them. Can this box of ugly ornaments be the key to saving their family Christmas this year?

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow and unceremoniously announces that the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia’s late husband. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small Southern community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal — and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence turns her life upside down.

With razor-sharp wit and perfect “Steel Magnolia” poise, Miss Julia speaks her mind indeed — about a robbery, a kidnapping, and the other disgraceful events precipitated by her husband’s death. Fast-paced and charming, with a sure sense of comic drama, a cast of crazy characters, and a strong Southern cadence, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind will delight readers from first page to last.

Seeing Things by Patti Hill

Birdie Wainwright, 72, isn’t concerned about seeing things that others can’t. For a woman who still climbs mountains with her dog (Miss Bee Haven) and likes to tango, the impractical visions brought on by macular degeneration are just another gift from God, adding more adventure to life. But when a tumble down the stairs breaks her ankle and leads back to her son’s home in Denver where she must convalesce, Birdie’s imagination really takes flight. Following a conversation with her grandson about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, she begins to see and speak with the unkempt literary character himself on a regular basis. As the line between reality and whimsy turns brittle, faith is tested among friends and loved ones, and hope is reborn.

Seeing Things is a story about family, reconciliation, and hearing from God in unexpected ways.

Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

Charlie and Lucy Tuttle are committed to each other for life, but that life isn’t turning out quite like they expected. Charlie retired early, but Lucy planned to continue in her position as a music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school indefinitely. And then the day came when she was forced to retire. Lucy was devoted to the program her father started years ago and now she can only watch as it disintegrates before her eyes. The longer she is separated from the passion of her heart, the more the music fades from her life and she wonders if her faith’s song is fading too. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees — and hears — everything.

The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton

Lily Bishop wakes up one morning to find a good-bye note and divorce papers from her husband on the kitchen counter. Having moved to Alabama for his job only weeks before, Lily is devastated, but a flyer at the grocery store for a hair stylist position in a local retirement community provides a refuge while she contemplates her next steps.

Rose Carrigan built the small retirement village of Safe Harbor years ago — just before her husband ran off with his assistant. Now she runs a tight ship, making sure the residents follow her strict rules. Rose keeps everyone at arm’s length, including her own family. But when Lily shows up asking for a job and a place to live, Rose’s cold exterior begins to thaw.

Lily and Rose form an unlikely friendship, and Lily’s salon soon becomes the place where residents share town gossip, as well as a few secrets. Lily soon finds herself drawn to Rose’s nephew, Rawlins — a single dad and shrimper who’s had some practice at starting over — and one of the residents may be carrying a torch for Rose as well.

Neither Lily nor Rose is where she expected to be, but the summer makes them both wonder if there’s more to life and love than what they’ve experienced so far.

Your Chariot Awaits by Lorena McCourtney

Downsized from her job.
Dumped by her boyfriend.
Depressed about that upcoming 6-0 birthday.
Not a good week for Andi McConnell.

But now there’s good news: She’s just inherited a limousine, a long, sleek, black limousine, from an eccentric uncle.

There’s also bad news: The dead body that soon turns up in the trunk. And Andi is the top suspect in the murder.

Enter Keegan “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, former TV detective, very interested in the case — and in Andi. As they work together to solve the crime, a big question looms: when the bullets start flying, are the windows in Andi’s limo really bullet proof?


26 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday — Women of A Certain Age”

  1. lydiaschoch July 28, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    I adore this list. Yes, many genre focus on characters in their 20s and 30s nearly exclusively. I really need to get better at finding books written about people past those ages, and this list is a great place to start.

    My TTT .

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

      Hope you find one to enjoy!

  2. ich lese July 28, 2020 at 9:59 am #

    This is such a needed post! Thank you!

    My TTT:

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

      🙂 Thanks for sharing your TTT!

  3. kathyscottage July 28, 2020 at 10:07 am #

    What a fun list of books! 🙂 Thanks.

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2020 at 12:02 pm #


  4. Louise H July 28, 2020 at 10:16 am #

    I’m *only* 51 but can no longer read NA books. I love finding books with older heroines so thank you for a great post!

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2020 at 12:02 pm #


  5. Stephanie @ Love.Life.Read. July 28, 2020 at 11:14 am #

    Intriguing list! It reminds me of when I answered the <a href=""Over 30 Tag. I did my TTT about reading slumps and reader guilt.

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2020 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks for sharing the link to your TTT!

  6. Astilbe July 28, 2020 at 12:12 pm #

    Dearest Dorothy sounds so good.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2020 at 12:16 pm #

      It is. And with 6 books in the series, you don’t run out of fun too quickly.

  7. anovelglimpse July 28, 2020 at 3:25 pm #

    Have you ever read Olivia Dade? She has a great book called 40-Love about a woman of a certain age.

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

      I haven’t. I need to look it up.

  8. Rebecca Trotter July 28, 2020 at 6:34 pm #

    A great list!
    I’m adding Harriet Beamer Takes The Bus by Joyce Magnin to my TBR

    thank you

    • rbclibrary July 29, 2020 at 6:19 am #

      That was a fun book. There’s a sequel I need to find time to read.

  9. carhicks July 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

    What a great idea. I will have to check some of these books out.

    • rbclibrary July 29, 2020 at 6:19 am #

      Hope you find one you will like. Several are the first book in a series too.

      • carhicks July 29, 2020 at 7:51 am #

        Thanks, always good to start with the first, even though I don’t always follow that advice.

      • rbclibrary July 29, 2020 at 8:58 am #

        Me either!

  10. stefani July 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

    The Summer House sounds lovely 😀

    Here’s my TTT if you want to have a look!!

    • rbclibrary July 30, 2020 at 5:58 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  11. Barbara Harper July 29, 2020 at 3:57 pm #

    I love when main characters are not twenty- or thirty-somethings. Those of us who are older still have a lot of life in us. 🙂 I’ve read the Chicory Lane series and Keeping Christmas, and I’ve enjoyed other books by Denton and Ruchti. I’m jotting down some of these for future reference.

    • rbclibrary July 30, 2020 at 5:58 am #


  12. Aj @ Read All The Things! July 29, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    It does seem like a lot of book characters are in their teens-30s. I’d love to read more books about older characters who already have established jobs, relationships, interests, etc.

  13. RS August 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm #

    Still grooving in the 20s and 30s club myself, but great topic choice — I’m tucking some (or maybe all) of these away for later because they sound really good, and I feel like I’ll appreciate them more later on. And I’ll hand over a rec of my own: Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown.

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