Reader Reviews

Early reviews of AMPLE MAKE THIS BED, the sequel to the 3RD AGE TRILOGY will be posted right here:

Here’s an early review by a Vancouver reader.



“AMPLE MAKE THIS BED ” is a fascinating read. Starting out with two people Ama &  Spike, both former stage actors who knew each other “well” but went their separate ways. They meet up after a span of about forty years at a wake for  a former theatre friend in a small town in Nova Scotia.

Ama is involved as an artistic director in an old Edwardian theatre in this town, and after a rather  brief but steamy reunion Ama convinces Spike to join her again in reviving this old  Edwardian  theatre as well as igniting their former love life.

Things quickly become complicated for them as they want to live together and work together. Spike inherits an old fishing boat which needs work but they both decide it can be fixed to live aboard.

However, theatre renovations make this move awkward and Ama’s determination to make this old theatre come alive again forces Spike to give in to her wishes and join forces with her.

Amas’ critically ill daughter as well as the stage designer’s collapse, adds to the increasing stress of the theatre renovations,  and their desire to have three different productions to kick off the opening night. What seems like an impossible mission for both Ama and Spike, leads us to a rather tense but somewhat successful conclusion.

TERRY OLIVER has created a complex fast-paced page turner hard to put down once started.


To read what others thought of the first book in the 3rd Age Trilogy, In Hot Pursuit , click here.

To read what others thought of the second book in the 3rd Age Trilogy, Blue-Eyed Boy, click here.

Here are some first reviews of the 3rd book in the 3rd Age Trilogy, A Single Step, click here.

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Joan McMullen September 8, 2011 at 5:48 am

I have thoroughly enjoyed Terry Oliver’s three novels.
This is the final in the trilogy as we follow Barney Roper in his quest for answers to the issues of ageing.
Being of a similar age to Barney, I could easily relate to some of the dilemmas of entering the seventh decade.
He is a genuinely nice guy, very caring, and sensitive to the troubles & concerns facing the people he encounters. He & Alice, his wife & the mother of their children, decide to divorce in this final novel.
However, the reader is left with the impression that they will continue to be very much together when their children are involved.
I liked being along for the ride to Vancouver, London, China & West Africa. It was like being on a private tour with Barney as the guide. The descriptions of West Africa were enlightening, and made me appreciate my safe & comfortable environment.
I hope there will be another novel in the future. Terry Oliver has a unique way of drawing you into the story and his characters are so likeable!

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