Newly retired and ready to reconnect with herself, Joyce Allen realizes that she’s not yet the person she knows she was meant to be. At the age of 56, she’s committed to discovering happiness and begins her new journey by taking classes, attending concerts, and adopting the dog she has secretly wished for, Dingo.
When Dingo is injured and a visit to the new veterinarian in town is necessary, Joyce finds herself quietly attracted to Dr. Amanda Carter, the intellectual dreamer who is many years her junior.
Joyce knows that their age difference is too big an obstacle to overcome, and is content to settle for friendship with the thirty-two-year-old vet. But Amanda, for her part, can’t see the gaping divide between them. All she knows is the warmth and attraction she feels for Joyce, and can’t understand why age should matter at all.
Join Genevieve Fortin as she weaves this heartwarming May-December romance of two women who discover the timeless truth of love at any age.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"Dingo’s Recovery is a May-December romance that explores how age isn’t always a good way to evaluate how accomplished, mature, secure, or fragile a person might actually feel. The old can be young at heart and the young can grow old too fast. And sometimes, a fifty-six-year old and a thirty-two-year old might find themselves in a common place where they fall in love and their love makes perfect sense, despite their age difference.
At fifty-six, Joyce doesn’t recognize or like the person she’s become after a twenty-eight-year relationship with her late wife and decides to start fresh. She reconnects with the person she was in her early twenties, with her dreams and aspirations. She’s ready for a change, for a new life. It’s not easy and she makes mistakes along the way, but she’s convinced it’s not too late for her to be the person she was meant to be.
Serious and loner Amanda, on the other hand, was forced to grow up quickly due to her family situation. Her life of routine and isolation make her feel safe and in control. She’s satisfied with that existence until she meets Joyce and realizes her strict discipline leaves no room for romance, which has always seemed too risky and complicated in the past. She wants to open up to love, but she’s never learned how.
Both women meet when Joyce’s dog gets hurt and she takes him to the new veterinarian in town, Amanda. Their story takes place during the time it takes for Dingo to recover from his leg injury, but can Joyce and Amanda help each other recover from their own injuries at the same time?"
The Lesbian Review
… is a super sweet age gap romance. The romance has a burn to it that is both slow and sweet, and I was very happy for Joyce and Amanda by the end of the book. If you’re looking for a warm hug of a romance to pass an afternoon or two, pick up this book. It’s the second novel I’ve read by Genevieve Fortin and it won’t be the last.
Pin’s Reviews - The story is quite rounded, clear in its message, with good pacing and reads easily and quickly. The main characters are two very likable real to life people, and their unconventional but believable romance develops alongside with Dingo's recovery regardless of the obstacles faced by couples with a significant age difference as well as some personal emotional baggage of both main characters.
Lex’s Reviews - This is a sweet, age-gap romance. This is the second book I have read by Fortin. The first was Water's Edge which I liked and thought was well written, but I did enjoy this book even more. I have a feeling romance fans will enjoy this one too. The romance is not a hot and steamy romance, but the characters do have chemistry. I actually found the romance to be very realistic in parts. Being 56, Joyce is body conscience in front of the younger Amanda. This is something authors don’t really go into much in other age-gap romances. I appreciate that Fortin did because it made the romance believable but also really sweet. I really like how Fortin seems to write books that are a little different than the norm. It makes reading them enjoyable as they feel like really fresh stories. If you are looking for a sweet, age-gap romance, I would give this book a chance.