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Review of Senior Singles

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Senior Singles" by Tony Jenkins.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In Senior Singles by Tony Jenkins, we meet Tom Hartley, a widower who just lost his wife after thirty-five years of their happy married life. After the funeral, it became glaring that Tom's life would never be the same. He soon realized there was no way he could cope with living and maintaining their big house alone, so he sold the house and bought a smaller one.

As time passed, Tom, who was also retired, needed to keep himself busy. Hence, he involves himself in many activities like holidays, sports, yoga, amongst many others, during which he meets other senior singles willing to mingle. Tom's new lifestyle isn't without its share of consequences, some of which are funny, annoying, and even heartbreaking. Perhaps he could find love again, but is Tom ready to commit to one partner after being single again? You have to read the book to find out.

I am in awe of how Jenkins could spin a simple plotline into such a fascinating story. I must commend him for making the story relatable regardless of the reader's age, as the tale mainly revolves around characters in their retirement age. I enjoyed the author's relaxed narrating style, which made the novel seem like a true-life story. His use of the first-person point of view helped me appreciate Tom's character better, and I found that it prevented unnecessary narrations, especially regarding other characters.

What I enjoyed most about Senior Singles was the humor in it. I am yet to reach the retirement stage in my life, but this author managed to crack me up with his funny and soothing descriptions. I can't help but imagine how hilarious readers who have reached that stage in life would find the book. The author excellently portrayed the desperation to mingle among some senior singles. I laughed out loud when one of the female characters was almost stalking Tom because she considered him the ideal man for her. I also enjoyed the moderate sexual content in the book and smiled at some of Tom's coquettish moves.

Another praiseworthy aspect of the book is the author's description of the scenes. I enjoyed how he described the landscape and environment of the places Tom visited. The author rekindled my wish to travel the world through his vivid descriptions, and I felt as if I accompanied Tom and his best friend, Dickie, to the places they visited. Furthermore, I appreciate the underlying message of the need for us to contribute to the development of our communities. More so, readers will get some inspiring tips on how to enjoy life after retirement.

For me, the only issue in this book is its characterization. I didn't relate or empathize with the supporting characters as much as I would have liked. And I blame it on the shallow background stories for them. Notwithstanding, I had a good time reading the book and won't hold a grudge for that. The story has a satisfying end, and I find its themes of friendship and romance refreshing. I am also happy to report that I found only a few errors throughout the book. Hence, I rate Senior Singles four out of four stars and highly recommend it to adults who would enjoy a fascinating story about the lives of single senior citizens.

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Even though the plot sounds monotonous, I like the fact that the author has done his best to make it look humourous. This book sounds quite fun! I would love to explore this one. Thanks for such a great review!
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This seems like a version of "Grumpy Old Men" :) I love books that include humor, so this seems like a good choice. Thank you for your interesting recommendation!
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I am fascinated by the lives of seniors since we are all headed there. Thanks for a lovely review.
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This teaches alot about life relations and enlightened my mind like building up my mentality faculty. Thanks for a great review
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I already started chuckling as I was reading your review. Like Tom, I have also reached "that stage of, life" so am looking forward to reading the book. Great review!
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I think the description of the landscape and environment of the places Tom visited made the book more relatable, which is what I like the most about your review. Great review!
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I could see myself falling in love with this novel. Humor mixed in with a man trying to rediscover the dating scene after a loss sounds like a entertaining read! Thank you for your detailed review! :D
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peace_m wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 18:36 I think the description of the landscape and environment of the places Tom visited made the book more :) relatable, which is what I like the most about your review. Great review!
The author paid good attention to description and detail!
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Fareed Regal wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 16:21 I already started chuckling as I was reading your review. Like Tom, I have also reached "that stage of, life" so am looking forward to reading the book. Great review!
The reviewer did an amazing job here. I'm looking forward to reading the book too.
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Great review! This sounds like a lovely book to read. The title of the book itself made me laugh. I wonder how the dating scene is for seniors.
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I like Tom's sense of responsibility. I think this book would be a good read. Thanks for your review.
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Post by Amanda I »

This book seems like a good read. I am intrigued by what you have written in your review and would certainly love to discover more about Tom and his love life. The title of the book is quite catchy too. Excellent review!
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