You’re never too old to have a dream.

That’s the message the four authors of “Chik-Lit for Foxy Hens” will give Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library meeting at the McAlester Public Library at noon.

Sharon Ervin, McAlester, is one of the four. The book is actually four novellas of “over-40” romances, she explained.

“We’re all ‘mature’ ladies,” she said. “We aim ourselves at anyone changing their life after mid-life.

“The world is your oyster,” she added.

The other authors are Peggy Fielding, Jackie King and Paula Jean Watkins, all of the Tulsa area.

“Peggy teaches writing in Tulsa,” Ervin said. “She knew all of us and got us together. We’d all been students of hers at one time or another.”

All four novellas address changes in women’s lives as they get older and show change can be positive even though things seem rough at first.

Ervin said, “Women have to be pretty resilient through their lives.

“Our book says ‘you aren’t on your own.’”

Previous reviews have called the book “Delightful” and “Well written.” The characters are delightful and the plotlines are well written.

In Ervin’s novella, “Rose,” the heroine can’t get over grieving for her dead husband. But a series of chance meetings leads her to a new relationship with a man she never would have considered her type. It also leads her to a lifestyle she would never have had in her first marriage.

One of the last two paragraphs of the book sum it up pretty well. “A philosopher said the only unchangeable thing in life is change itself. I may not like what comes next but I will endure and even conquer it because that’s what women do.”

Fielding’s contribution, “Giving Up Panty Hose,” takes a different look at changes women face when her heroine leaves a 14-year marriage because of her husband’s infidelity. She moves 3,000 miles to Tulsa where she begins a new life complete with a job, a house and a handyman who is more than just handy with chores to be done around the home.

King writes about a newly divorced woman who married young and has never conquered the art of flirting in “Flirting at Fifty.” In this novella, readers see the importance of friends and how their encouragement helps in more ways than one.

“Second Best,” by Watkins, shows how a friend sometimes isn’t really a friend, but is instead someone who needs to feel superior to others by putting them down.

The Friends’ meeting includes a luncheon, available for a $3 donation. Copies of the book will be available and Ervin said they will be glad to autograph them.

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