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.

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.

James
 

James retired in 2005 after serving 21 years in the United States Army. During the latter part of his career, James' interest in personal finance was piqued based on his own experiences and observations of the way most Americans plan – or more accurately, fail to plan – for retirement and the difficulty many face in starting the process. His most valued education has been lessons learned from personal experience and through conversations with smart, savvy friends.

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