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7 Fiction Books to Mend a Mature Heart

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Heartbreak can hit at any age, but for women over 50, it can come with a unique set of challenges. Society often tells us our prime is over, and navigating the dating world after a long-term relationship can feel daunting. But still, nothing will prevent you from opening your heart again. All you need is time, a soothing escape and a book to curl up with.

The Top Fictional Books For Broken Hearts

Offering solace, humour, and inspiration through the journeys of relatable characters, fiction books might help you during a time when all you want is to listen to your heart and find new reasons to smile again. So, grab a cup of tea and let the healing begin.

  • “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
    Introverted Eleanor navigates a world that often confuses her. When a personal crisis forces her to confront her isolation, she discovers unexpected friendships and a newfound appreciation for life – a reminder that happiness can blossom even in the most unexpected places. This heartwarming novel is a celebration of self-discovery, reminding us that it’s never too late to rewrite the narrative of your life. Eleanor’s journey is both humorous and poignant, a testament to the transformative power of human connection.
  • Heartburn” by Nora Ephron
    Heartburn” is an autobiographical novel based on Nora Ephron‘s marriage to and divorce from Carl Bernstein, her second husband. The author of “Sleepless in Seattle” (one of our favourite writers) skillfully blends humour into the dissolution of a flawless marriage, where Rachel Samstat, who is heavily pregnant, finds out that her husband, Mark, has fallen for someone else. Being a cookbook writer, she naturally seeks solace in food while navigating through her mixed emotions. Now, she must make the tough choice of whether she wants to reconcile with Mark or move on from their relationship entirely.
  • “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by Deborah Moggach
    A group of British retirees escapes the dreariness of their lives for a retirement home in India. What they find is a vibrant community, unexpected romance, and a chance to rediscover themselves in a new and exciting environment. “The film heralded a sort of sea change in our attitude towards love and living in later life and took on the book’s message that it’s never too late to have another adventure,” says the author. 
  • “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain 
    Based on the true story of British-born author J.R.R. Tolkien’s unconventional love affair with his next-door neighbour, “Circling the Sunexplores the passionate, yet forbidden, love story between a vivacious young woman and a middle-aged, married professor. This beautifully written novel challenges societal expectations around love and desire, particularly for women over 50. It celebrates the courage to embrace love, even when it defies convention.
  • “Still Life” by Sarah Winman 
    This lyrical tapestry weaves together the stories of four women whose lives intersect over decades. At its heart is Alice, a widow in her 70s grappling with grief and a newfound freedom. “Still Lifereminds us that love and connection blossom in unexpected places, at unexpected times. Alice’s journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of female friendship. 
  • “Little Beach Street Bakery” by Jenny Colgan
    After a messy divorce, Polly Waterford escapes to a charming seaside town and opens a bakery. Surrounded by quirky characters and the comforting aroma of freshly baked bread, Polly finds solace, friendship, and a chance to rebuild her life, because All you have to believe is that you are awesome.” 
  • “The Lido” by Libby Page 
    Four women in their 80s reunite at their childhood swimming pool, a place filled with cherished memories. As they train for a synchronized swimming competition, they rediscover their zest for life and prove that age is just a number when it comes to friendship and adventure. This uplifting novel celebrates the power of female friendship and the importance of community, especially for mature women. It’s a delightful reminder that laughter, connection, and a good dose of self-acceptance can be found at any stage in life.
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These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Dive into these compelling stories, and remember, heartbreak doesn’t have to define you. There’s a whole new chapter waiting to be written, filled with love, laughter, and the strength to rebuild a life that’s truly your own.

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