Book: Better Than Dessert (Dessert Dames) by Casey Cliffordcategories: Book, Contemporary Fiction, Love Story, Group of Friends, Grief Stages, Forever Friends, Mid Life Changes, Family Relationships, Alaska, Love and Friendship
Casey Cliffordabout this book: Better Than Dessert is the first of a series of books about a group of women in their late forties or early fifties. They've been friends forever and grew up in a small town in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin. Some left after high school and some remained but they always have stayed connected. Each book in the series will center around one of the women dealing with a life crisis which changes the direction of the mid-life routine they expected. It will also trace the rippling effects this has on the group of friends as they support the friend in crisis. Each will also bring in the effects on family.
I love reading books such as this and so do my friends. We are always looking for more of them and I had these ideas in my head for my group of friends. Those factors and the success of the non-fiction study that made the best-seller list, The Girls From Ames, sealed my decision to write Better Than Dessert.
I see seasoned women who love to read as my target audience, though with its family generations I also believe its appeal is universal for reading adults.
It takes me about a year to write a book, give or take a few months depending on life getting in the way. This one is no different. I did research on grieving and cancer treatments and their side-effects. Once I was ready to write, this book flowed easily and I loved each day I wrote.
The title came from the friends' term for themselves--Dessert Dames--and what they like to do when they gather together--eat dessert. The cover needed to reflect something significant from the book. The puppy is one of the elements that helps Katy my heroine in the book realize she's moving on from her devastating grief over the death of her husband and building a new life for herself.
Better Than Dessert is Katy's journey through her grieving stages. It deals with a sad time in her life but her group of friends bring humor and support and always a great dessert. Her grown children and her grandson especially reinforce the parts of her past life which she wants to expand and build upon. One such element is looking forward to the wedding of her only daughter. But it is during a visit to Anchorage, Alaska, to visit her son and his family that she begins to accept the changes in her life. In doing so she realizes exactly what she has in life which will always be Better Than Dessert.
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