The Blue Satin Nightgown – A Savvy Review

The Blue Satin Nightgown: My French Makeover at Age 78

Paperback: 205 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace (2016)

Author Karin Crilly was a Marriage and Family Counselor for thirty years in Southern California. After two adventurous years of living in Aix-en-Provence, France – the home of renowned painter Cezanne – she returned to California and now lives in Laguna Beach. Her passion is to inspire others to live out their dreams.

Experiencing Life

The Blue Satin Nightgown is author Karin Crilly’s memoir of her late life adventures in the small town of Aix-en-Provence, France. She provides a humorous and candid account of her encounters in a new culture, her encounters with a variety of interesting people, and her soul-searching journey at age 78, when many people have packed it in and convinced themselves that life is basically over.

As we grow older, it seems to me that food, and more specifically the interactions surrounding food (i.e. shopping, cooking, eating, and the conversations), take on more significance and become a central factor in our lives. This memoir is a testament to that idea as food was central to the author’s adventure. While we haven’t done so yet, the wife and I plan to try some of the recipes which are shared at the end of nearly every chapter.

Aix-en-Provence

Why the title, The Blue Satin Nightgown? I won’t reveal the complete story here.  However, I will say that a blue satin nightgown played a central role in the author’s journey, both over great distances and within herself.

Final Thoughts

Karin Crilly’s memoir serves as confirmation it is never too late to change your life’s direction and revel in new experiences. Her journey provides inspiration not only to those who are retired and are considering slowing down at age 70 or beyond, it also serves as inspiration for those in their 40s or 50s who now have retirement on their radar and aren’t ready to stop dreaming.

The Blue Satin Nightgown: My French Makeover at Age 78 is available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.

4 Comments

  1. Sounds like a good story and a life with purpose. I want to read more in 2017 as life got in the way with medical issues for a family member in the previous year. Good luck Savvy.

    • Hopefully the medical issues are behind you and your family. Best of luck in 2017, my friend.

  2. I can’t wait to read this! It sounds heartwarming and inspiring. I hope there’s at least one simple recipe that even I can’t screw up! Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re sure to enjoy it. I look forward to your feedback once you’ve had a chance to check it out.

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