Summer beach book, a “sweet” read

As Sweet Nothings begins, practical Ruby McMillan is knocked for a loop. Her husband Walter announces that he is leaving her for “the love of his life. She can’t believe that her dependable husband,
Walter, is head-over-heels for another woman, and that he is just walking out on her and their two teenaged children. But he does.
What really hurts is that the love of her husband’s life is not a sexy young thing but a woman her own age. And, to add insult to injury, her husband has left her in danger of losing her home by not paying the mortgage and leaving town on his lover’s yacht.
Ruby has to break out of her of shell to teach a pastry class and revive her failing bakery or face losing her home.
After a startling makeover from her fashion savvy daughter, Ruby runs into her disturbingly attractive mortgage broker. Suddenly, the practical Ruby is feeling hot and bothered. As her thoughts wander from baking to lust, Ruby wonders if she has sealed off the loving, sexy side of herself that may have kept her marriage alive.
In Sweet Nothings Janice Thomas captures the dilemma of many middle-aged women who lose the sweetest side of themselves as struggle to raise children and work. This book is funny, poignant, and sweet.

Beach page-turner

Sally Koslows The Widow Waltz is a wry look at marriage through the eyes of a 50 year-old Park Avenue widow.
After her husband Ben dies from a heart attack while training for a marathon, Georgia Waltz finds herself unexpectedly widowed. She is shocked to find out that her loving husband has left her and their two college-age daughters penniless. Their apartment and country homes are mortgaged and all the bank accounts have been drained.
Her privileged life disappears overnight. Georgia must sell her apartment and other property. As Georgia attempts to track down her family fortune and help her twenty-something daughters adjust to their change of fortune, she ponders her marriage and lifestyle.
Georgia asks herself when she became so complacent. As she goes through the steps of dismantling her home of almost 30 years, she recalls the early days of courtship and marriage. Georgia tries to fix the exact moment that she and her husband grew quietly and comfortably apart.
Georgia and her daughters grow closer as they all grow up. Forced to earn a living, the three women discover strengths and talents they had never knew they processed.
The Widow Waltz will resonate with many women who at one time or another have been faced with starting over.