We are fascinated by romances, love affairs, marriages and passionate liasons between couples with a significant age difference.
Look at the Macrons. She – Brigitte Marie-Claude, born in 1953 – was 40 when she met 15-year-old Emmanuel Macron at the high school where she was a teacher and he was a pupil (and classmate of her teenage daughter). The fuse was lit and Brigitte and Emmanuel eventually married in 2007. The rest, as they say, is histoire.
It’s hard to dismiss the notion that the Macrons’ story didn’t at least partly influence and inspire Robinne Lee’s page-turner.
Solene Marchand is nearly 40; a successful, professional woman with a teenage daughter. And it is through her that Solene meets a boy of 20. The fireworks fizz and… well, we have ourselves a story.
The Idea of You makes a surprisingly tender tale – and a great summer read.
Solene is certainly not looking for a tryst with a man-boy half her age. She’s a successful woman who owns a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles. One day Solene reluctantly takes her daughter backstage at a rock concert to meet the band August Moon.
There, 39-year-old Solene meets the group’s most charismatic member, Hayes Campbell, who is barely 20. But Hayes is self-assured beyond his years; witty, confident, extraordinarily self-possessed. He and Solene are immediately attracted to each other.
So begins their affair. It starts as a series of passionate, secret encounters but quickly turns into something quite different: a genuine relationship of mutual commitment and real love. Can it survive their age gap, and discovery? You’ll enjoy finding out.