The portrayal of this woman's marital somnambulism is so flawless that you want to scream at her, but the author skillfully uses it to present the character's full awakening. She's a heroine with a sense of humor who is realistic about the failings of her own psychology. I loved the accounts of the late-bloomer dating experience and found the new romance thoroughly winsome. 3 1/2 stars
Friends and Lovers
Friends and Lovers, which will remind readers of the classic movie The Duchess of Idaho, is about two very different kinds of relationships and how both types help to make a person's life complete. ...Claire Bocardo deftly handles the dual relationship and the lifestyle of a fiftyish woman with class and clarity. 4 stars
Affaire de Coeur,
Ivy Grimes. Flo Huckabee. Two friends who've been together and apart for ages. With names like these, you might conjure up small town America and you would be right. Flo's lived there all her life; Ivy's escaped a few times but has again ended up back in Cedar Grove, Texas, this time after a disastrous ten year marriage that has Ivy reeling with heartache. The only place to go was home, to cry on her widowed friend's shoulder.
Beacon Street Press
Claire Bocardo grew up in Washington State, attended college there and in San Diego, CA. She moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a young wife in 1963. Now she lives in the Red River Valley. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Dallas, has worked as a newspaper writer, and has edited both newspapers and technical manuals. Her first novel, Maybe Later, Love, was originally published in 1992. This is her fourth, and all four are available through Wings ePress.