Bena Roberts does a fantastic job with Six Tinder Weeks. A story about Helen, a woman who finally kicks her mistake of a husband to the curb after 20 years, Roberts fills the pages with hilarious mishaps and character growth.
Helen is…I can’t even describe this character. She’s the average 40-something mother of 2 career woman. She annoyed me, but she’s witty. Everything she goes through is relatable. I mean…what do you do when you finally kick your deadbeat husband to the curb, but don’t know what to do with your life? But she has luck and resources in spades. As she navigates the world of modern ‘dating’, the reader is treated to laughs aplenty. But they’re also treated to the realities of divorcing late in life–and divorcing somebody who can’t see what they did wrong for years…only that their estranged spouse has wronged them.
Editing is spotty at best. There were frequently words that didn’t quite make sense (often, close-sounding to the word I believe Roberts meant). For the most part, it doesn’t interrupt flow, but there are a couple scenes where it happens often enough that it is distracting.
Overall, I’m looking forward to the continuation (if there is one) of this story. I want to see if CJ implements and executes his plan and what Helen’s reaction to that plan is.
Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks
Helen’s children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.
The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.
With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.
Debut author Bena Robert’s provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humor meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.
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Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventu
rist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.
Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’
Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.
Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.
Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum
Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.