Listed below is our constantly changing small selection of books which tend to feature at least some characters in mid-life and beyond, and which focus on a narrative from the perspective of the older characters. All of the novels have great reviews. Click on the covers for more details...  

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Maggie Christensen is currently featured on our author interview page.

Jan Turnbull’s life takes a sharp turn towards chaos the instant her eldest son, Simon takes a tumble in the surf and loses his life.

Blame competes with grief and Jan’s husband turns against her. She finds herself ousted from the family home and separated from their remaining son, Andy.

As Jan tries to cope with her grief and prepares to build a new life, it soon becomes known that Simon has left behind a bombshell, and her younger son seeks ways of compensating for his loss, leading to further issues for her to deal with.

Can Jan hold it all together and save her marriage and her family?

Broken Threads is a women’s fiction book featuring compelling real-life characters, fascinating plot twists and a strong mid-life heroine. If you like feel-good stories of second chances, you’ll love this Maggie Christensen book.


When ‘bride to be’ and single parent, Charlotte, discovers that her 61-year-old widowed mother is in a new relationship, she struggles to come to terms with it. “Why do you need to have a man, at your age?” Charlotte asks, “Can’t you just be a grandma?”

The growing tension between mother and daughter combined with preparations for the wedding impact on both family and friends. In this compelling and unashamedly romantic tale of finding love in later life, the experience of a young care-leaver who is tasked with making the wedding bouquet, is skilfully intertwined with the family’s – sometimes turbulent– preparations for a modern wedding.

Claire Baldry is the creator and editor of the Autumn Chickens website


Anne Stormont's article about age in romantic fiction was the inspiration for the title 'Autumn Chickens'

From the Scottish Hebrides to the Middle-East, Displacement is a soul-searching journey from grief to reclamation of self, and a love-story where romance and realism meet head-on.
Divorce, the death of her soldier son and estrangement from her daughter, leave Hebridean crofter, Rachel Campbell, grief-stricken, lonely and lost.
Forced retirement leaves former Edinburgh policeman Jack Baxter needing to find a new direction for his life.
When Rachel meets Jack in dramatic circumstances on a wild winter’s night on the island of Skye, a friendship develops, despite very different personalities. Gradually their feelings for each other go beyond friendship. Something neither of them feels able to admit. And it seems unlikely they’ll get the chance to because Rachel is due to leave for several months to visit family in Israel – where she aims to re-root and reroute her life.
Set against the contrasting and dramatic backdrops of the Scottish island of Skye and the contested country of Israel-Palestine, Displacement is a story of life-affirming courage and love.


After the death of his beloved wife, Mohamed flees war-torn Libya with his young son, Ahmed. Arriving in the heart of the English countryside, father and son stumble into the seemingly tranquil world of widow, Betty, who has been left to cope with her seven-year-old great-niece for the summer. Just as life begins to settle, Mohamed must make the dangerous journey back to Tripoli, where he is faced with the devastation the war has wreaked on those around him. And for Betty, the conflict threatens to unearth skeletons from a past she would rather forget… A Bird in the House is a story about loss, secrets, and the redeeming power of friendship.

Bronwen Griffiths' book is now on Book Shelf 2.