A Midlife Holiday

A Midlife Holiday is the affirming first tale in the Midlife Trilogy women's fiction series. If you like vivacious heroines, relatable humour and reawakenings of the spirit, then you'll love Cary's nuanced take on ageing with attitude.

Helen Winters is fifty and feeling lost. With her children grown and her selfish husband absent on her milestone birthday, she regrets not taking the exciting paths she dreamed about in her youth. So when a well-meaning birthday gift reveals a depressing image of her future, she takes a leap of faith and jets off to Cyprus with two lifelong friends.

Basking in the glorious sunshine and crystal-blue waters while enjoying the attention of handsome men, she starts to feel truly alive. But her best friend isn't in Cyprus for the sunshine, and when Helen learns the true reason, tensions threaten their lifelong bond and she fears nothing will ever be the same again. 

Can she shake off the years of disappointment and re-discover the woman she once was?

About the author

Cary J Hansson is  a fifty-something mum of three, an ex-dancer, actress, waitress, cleaner, TV presenter, double-glazing sales rep and fax machine operator. After years of globe-trotting and messing about, she settled down to a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. She's been writing for ten years. Stories about ordinary people, living lives of extraordinary courage and indestructible humour and can promise only two things: no knights in shining armour and no flying cars. Her fictional characters save themselves, as in the end, we all must do.

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Why We Like It

  • 'I loved this novel. It’s beautifully written and deeply truthful.' - Jill Clough, author of Morph, Lakeland Book of the Year Award 2019
  • 'Definitely my favourite book this year. Funny, touching, richly described and so captivating I was transported to Cyprus with my new-found friends, Kay, Helen and Caro. It deserves to be a best-seller.' - Kerena Swan. Award-winning author of Scared to Breathe
  • 'A well-written, page-turning tale of loss and awakening with engaging characters and hilarious moments. I can’t wait to read the next.' - Heather Peck, author of Glass Arrows. Shortlisted for the 2021 East Anglian Book Awards

Cary J Hansson is  a fifty-something mum of three, an ex-dancer, actress, waitress, cleaner, TV presenter, double-glazing sales rep and fax machine operator (what's a fax machine?) You name it and she's cleaned it, served it, sent it or sold it.  After years of globe-trotting and messing about, she settled down to a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, got a First Class degree and promptly moved to Sweden to start her own mid-life adventure. She swims in the Baltic sea year-round, paddleboards under midnight suns and has learned to sail. 

She's been writing for ten years. Stories about ordinary people, living lives of extraordinary courage and indestructible humour and can promise only two things: no knights in shining armour and no flying cars. Her fictional characters save themselves, as in the end, we all must do. 

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The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

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