Flirting with Forty’ is fourth book written by Porter under the category of Modern Lit. She has also written over 20 romance novels. This book has been made into a lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear (original air date, Dec 6).

I really enjoyed reading this book – I enjoy reading ‘chic-lit’ to relax and escape into a story for a few days. Porter always does a great job developing characters and situations.

This is the story of Jackie, a divorced mom with two kids and a full time job just trying to survive from day to day. Her friends are still married and she feels a little lost, not knowing where she fits anymore. She terribly misses the idea of marriage.

She and a friend decide to go to Hawaii for a few days to celebrate Jackie’s 40th birthday, where she meets Kai, a surf instructor. The story continues to develop when Jackie returns from her vacation with memories of Kai, dealing with her ex-husband, friends, family, and life. As a parent myself, I was able to feel the emotions she was feeling throughout the story. I felt her insecurities, desires for her children and her struggle to accept herself.
Type: Fiction, 356 pages trade paperback
Jane Porter's highly successful novel about a divorced single mom who finds an unexpected romance with a much younger man while on vacation in Hawaii has been selected for her exciting mass market debut.He got the second home and the Porsche. She got the kids and a broken heart. Now Jackie Laurens, post-divorce and heading toward the big four-oh, is on vacation in sunny Hawaii and facing her upcoming birthday-alone. But not for long. She's soon falling for Kai, her gorgeous, much younger surf instructor, and their wild passionate fling becomes the biggest surprise of her life.Back home in Seattle, Jackie has to struggle with single parenthood and her memories. Kai hasn't forgotten her, yet thousands of miles of ocean and an age difference that feels even bigger lie between them. And, of course, Jackie's friends disapprove. When a choice must be made, can she, will she risk everything for her chance at happiness?


“A terrific read! A wonderful, life-and-love affirming story for women of all ages.” – Jayne ann Krentz (NY Times bestselling author)

“Strongly recommended. Porter’s thoughtful prose and strong characters make for an entertaining and thought-provoking read.” – Library Journal