There is a wonderfully happy ending, but not without a bit more trauma along the rocky path to bliss.
One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love
The most important truth here is--keep going. Don't just sit and molder. Be active, be involved, you'll be ever so much more alive for the doing. This is a romance novel, an "elder lit" romance novel, if such a category existed. I applaud older authors Williams was 92 when he wrote this book , or any authors, for that matter, who treat elders as real people rather than stereotypes and consider them worthy subjects for fiction.
Main characters Morgan and Dixie meet contentiously in an accidental physical collision outside the Whispering Pines senior residence. Morgan, 89, is considering moving to the independent living section, and Dixie, 79, works there part time.
One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love
All the usual problems of old age are present: At 89 and 79, Morgan and Dixie carry much more emotional baggage than most romance novel characters--but fortunately, more spirit and knowledge, much of it experienced-based, as well. As they tentatively and gradually fall in love, Morgan and Dixie face their challenges together with the eventual help of Morgan's long-lost grandson. Youth and age combine for a positive outlook toward uncertain futures. My pessimistic side tells me that this book's ending is unrealistic, yet we all can, and should, hope that our dreams will come true if we keep trying.
The positive message overshadows doubts.
One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love
This skillfully-written book by a former journalist should be required reading for everyone involved in elder caregiving and everyone contemplating the issue of aging. It is honest, informative, and entertaining, a pleasure to read. The book includes a Reading Group Guide which would seem to make it an excellent choice for Senior--and Boomer--book clubs. See all 10 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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Within the year, he was writing a daily business column with byline. After he retired from the Dispatch in , he freelanced for several years, editing a newsletter and doing publicity. He began his second career, writing books, at age 88, after his wife died after a long illness. At his daughters' urging, he learned to use a computer and began writing his first book, Maude.
It was about his mother, who lived to be , and also about life at the turn of the century when everything was done arduously by hand. This was to be for family, but his daughter Kay read a few sections to her writers group. They loved it, and wanted more. The manuscript grew from 50 pages to a page book with a 32 page picture insert. The finished product was published in , Maude She Grew Up with the Country.
It has been adopted by some college American history classes as a supplemental text "to put a human face on history. He decided at age 92 that he would try something completely different--a novel, One Last Dance.
He spent three years writing the first draft while touring with his first book, Maude. He persevered through illness and blindness, determined to finish it before he died. It was the most challenging piece of writing in his year writing career--a long work of fiction when he'd been writing short non-fiction pieces for most of his life. After his death, his daughters Kay and Jerri spent another three years editing and revising One Last Dance, and after it was published, four more years touring with it as the centerpiece of their program, Keep Dancing!
One Last Dance fills a niche, especially now that the baby boomers have turned The novel gives readers hope and laughs. Book discussion groups throughout the country have read it and loved it. Many readers have said, "Well, if Mardo could do this embark on a new romance, write a book in his nineties, I can certainly give it a try myself; I'm only 70 or