When Jessicas husband left her for a younger woman, she expected to spend her life reading and listening to music. But things dont turn out as she expects. Her three children, high flying Sarah, her husband Roland and two lively granddaughters, younger daughter Harriet and partner Russell and son Alex, are full of suggestions for what she can do . Then there are her friends, Val, Poppy and Julia to console her, plus neighbours like do-gooding Fran and hypochondriac Mavis and all the gossip of a small town to fill her days.Jessica tries Salsa dancing, ski-ing, having a singles dinner party, has her hair coloured and tries to buy some new clothes suitable for an older woman, gets involved in the Town Pageant, goes on holiday to Italy and Dublin and visits her mother in her retirement home in East Anglia where she spends her days downing cans of Red Bull interspersed with Guinness.In the end, she finds romance in the most unlikely place and goes carol singing with hilarious consequences. Bridget Jones eat your heart out.