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An engaging and often poignant reflection on finding deep connections later in life. . . . “Our Verdict: Get It”

Kirkus Reviews

“With humor, self-effacement and brutal honesty, [Janet] relays her years of struggles to find a new life partner. But the book doesn’t end once she meets and marries … She also folds in her journey back to Judaism, several wacky travel stories and the emotional and physical tolls of aging.”

—Natalie Weinstein, J. The Jewish News of Northern California, “Longtime J. Staffer Peppers Memoir of Late-Life Love with Humor, Brutal Honesty 

Ghent has been able to craft her memoir to make her voice from the silent generation heard.

 Prisha Mohapatra, Los Altos Town Crier, "Local author publishes memoir about finding love late in life"

. . . the story of their warm and harmonious connection. . . makes for a witty and entertaining read. It's reassuring, too, to see that joie de vivre isn't only reserved for the young.
—Karen Sandstrom,  Oberlin Alumni Magazine

“Like the popular reality show The Golden Bachelor, Silver Ghent’s memoir casts a positive spin on love and romance after 50.”
—Sandee Brawarsky, Hadassah Magazine, "Healing Jewish Books for Dark Winter Days”

 

“Ghent capitalizes on her sense of humor, rather than cheesy romance, throughout the stories, and her straightforward approach makes it easy to share jokes about herself, the late-life dating scene and finally, real love.“

—Elizabeth Lorenz, Palo Alto Weekly, “Daring to Explore Late-Life Love in Print”

Advance Praise
“Warm, funny, and smart, Love Atop a Keyboard takes the reader on a breezy journey through decades of the writer’s life. Each chapter is a delightful morsel, to be savored with a laugh and, sometimes, a sigh of recognition.”

—Sue Fishkoff, journalist and author of The Rebbe’s Army and Kosher Nation

 

“With plenty of humor and heart, Janet Silver Ghent chronicles a true-love story that readers will root for, and she gives hope to those who may fear it’s too late to find their perfect match.” 

—Karla Kane, assistant lifestyle editor, Palo Alto Weekly

“Janet Silver Ghent had written a memoir that is candid, vulnerable, instructive, and a ‘travelogue.’ She captures the essence of her subject and reels us in with her extraordinary writing. Her story is an inspiration and a guideline—a testimony—to finding a Second Act in the Book of Love.”

—Susan RoAne, keynote speaker and author of How to Work a Room

“With snappy journalistic style and a refreshing adherence to truth, Love Atop a Keyboard brings a solid story with a happy ending—a perfect read to understand an era when women played the roles expected by society and men just played around. With great sensitivity, Janet Silver Ghent has examined and recorded her past, reproducing the discoveries, disappointments, and final decisions that have paved her road to an inspiring, joyful life.”

—Sylvia E. Halloran, memoirs writing facilitator, editor, poet

“Like the popular reality show The Golden Bachelor, Silver Ghent’s memoir casts a positive spin on love and romance after 50.”

—Sandee Brawarsky, Hadassah Magazine, "Healing Jewish Books for Dark Winter Days”

 

Ghent capitalizes on her sense of humor, rather than cheesy romance, throughout the stories, and her straightforward approach makes it easy to share jokes about herself, the late-life dating scene and finally, real love."

—Elizabeth Lorenz, Palo Alto Weekly, “Daring to Explore Late-Life Love in Print

 

“Each chapter is a delightful morsel, to be savored with a laugh and, sometimes, a sigh of recognition.”

—Sue Fishkoff, journalist and author of The Rebbe’s Army and Kosher Nation

Five-star Reader Reviews*

*****

“A witty reflective memoir from a Jewish woman journalist now in her eighties

‘If you are in a book group or run a bookstore in Northern California--invite [Janet] as a guest speaker--she will keep your attention! The book is about many things including travel, dating, marriage and Jewish faith and family--the highlights are the stories about how she met and has sustained a long-term loving marriage with her second husband Allen—who she first met at age 56. … This is one woman’s guide to aging well or at least aging as best as one can….It will especially resonate with those of Jewish faith, as there are references to Jewish holidays and culinary and faith traditions. But you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this book.’

—Lauren John, Amazon

*****

‘Playing Her Own Matchmaker, Spunky Senior Finally Finds Love’

“I enjoyed this quick-paced, often humorous, memoir about finding love again. Descriptions of some of the males Silver Ghent dated until she found true love are by turns funny and pathetic. But she is determined to find her match. When she does meet her bashert [meant-to-be mate], they face life’s joys and hardships together and she never looks back except to ponder what she’s learned along the way.”

—More Books, Amazon
 

*****

‘Such witty and elegant writing’

“A book that bravely describes some of life’s most difficult decisions and the journey through them. The writing, tone and stories within are very relatable and humorous yet serious at the same time. I would highly recommend this.”

—Hien Do, Amazon

*****

‘Delightful’

“This story gives me hope. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it and Janet’s writing.”

—Pam R., Amazon

 

*****

‘Finding True Love Late in Life and Living Together Through Thick and Thin Singing and Dancing!’

“The author offers a true love story, facing obstacles with spunk, wit and ingenuity! Love late in life is not for sissies, and she takes us along for the ride as she confronts dating, courtship, and a late-in-life marriage that includes joy, exotic travel, health and family challenges and learning to live with an inveterate inventor! A realistic optimism spiced with humor and lots of singing! Upbeat and entertaining! Highly recommend!”

—Diane Frankle, Amazon

 

*****

‘Love Tops All’

“I’m out of breath reading this wonderful memoir. So full of life, detail, emotion and sadness. …It’s so refreshing to feel the energy of the writer. Our paths crossed briefly in the Galapagos and Machu Pichu and wonderful memories linger of this. I now know more about your wonderful verve for life which I saw and experienced then. Congratulations, Janet, on sharing what a remarkable journey you have had.”

—Robina Weir, Amazon

*****

‘A very compelling story about a woman’s search for love in her 50s and finding it.’

 

—Valerie A. Goss, Amazon

 

*****
‘ Love can be found at any age as long as you remain open to the possibilities’

“Delicious autobiographic book about finding love after 50. Well written, thoughtful, I think the book would have interest to anyone at any age.”

—Robin, Amazon

 

*****

 ‘A funny--and wise—read’

“A fun, lighthearted memoir--perfect for a plane or beach read.”

—Turner L., Amazon

 

*****

‘A Funny, Interesting, and Well-Written True-Life Romance Story’

I really enjoyed this book. One of my favorite reads. It’s fun, funny, insightful, and interesting. Highly recommend.

—Silicon Valley Engineer, Amazon

 

GoodReads Reviews

 

*****

“Absolutely loved this book! Read it all on one plane flight and the people next to me saw me laugh out loud & cry. Janet and her love story is hilarious, witty and real. You won’t want to put this book down and will want to share it with your friends.”

—LeeAnn, GoodReads

*****

“A real page-turner. Easily read as it consists of multiple essays. Many laugh-out-loud moments.”

—Christine Witzel, GoodReads

*****

“I enjoyed Janet Silver Ghent’s memoir of her search for love after a middle age divorce. It is split into short, well written chapters, each a short story in themselves. There is humor with Janet’s adventures finding dates in the personals. She finds love and connects with her Jewish heritage when least expected and the rest of the story is of a fulfilling marriage of two "mature" spouses, navigating illness of relatives, enjoying singing and traveling, and dealing with Covid. The setting is in the SF Bay Area and many readers will find familiar settings. Janet is a journalist and knows how to write interesting stories.”

--James Sweeney, GoodReads

*****

“This book makes you feel good, safe, and relevant even if you’re between 50 and 80 and perhaps imperfect. Janet Silver Ghent has a light touch with life’s heavy lifting. She is indefatigable. She finds humor and wiggle-room when and where she needs it. She’s inspirational without being offensive and her life experiences are relatable and fun. Her family and stories are relatable and fun. Her divorce, singlehood, and new (now 20-year-old) marriage are relatable and fun. Read this.”

—Judy Orlando, GoodReads

*****

“Touching story which, for the first part of the book, is about the author’s struggle to find love later in life, especially for females. Not giving up after a long search, she finally finds her "soul-mate". The result is a tender, touching story of a deep and abiding love. It’s comforting and satisfying.”

--Jonathan B., GoodReads

*****

“I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Janet’s true story of finding her true love is funny, smart, and interesting. It’s also very insightful with some fascinating explanations of Judaism that I had never heard before.”

—Monica Pawlan, GoodReads

*****

‘Great love story and poignant details about aging and handling life with humor.’

—Susan, GoodReads
 

*****

“Truly heartwarming and enjoyable tales of finding romance, religion, and adventurous travel, told with much humor and insight!”

—Barna Solomon, GoodReads

 

*****

“I am not surprised to see all the 5-star ratings. You will thoroughly enjoy Janet’s matter-of-fact positivity and sense of humor with a bit of pixie dust (miracles) thrown in along the way as she invites you to come along with her as she experiences life. You just may pick up a bit more awareness, self-confidence and resilience along the way. I’ve never traveled so much! Thanks for all the smiles, Janet.”

—Wynndi, GoodReads

*****

Love Atop a Keyboard is so enjoyable, funny, honest, and inspirational. Silver Ghent describes her frustrations, dates, dreams, and eventual love in brave detail. She gives hope and example of how not to give up to failures, divorce, job loss, or illness. What a lesson to keep in mind as everyone will have roadblocks some time."

—Joanne, GoodReads

Personal Notes*

 *Please send your own reviews to ghentwriter@gmail.com, and I will add them here

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