Bridget Jones is a widow with two children in "Mad about the Boy," the third novel in the series by Helen Fielding, which will go on sale Oct. 10, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.
Jones's husband, Mark Darcy, has died and Bridget is 51 years old, obsessed by her weight, wrinkles and Twitter, and she is dating a "youngster" of 30 whom she met online, according to the excerpts of the novel published on Sunday.
The book begins five years after Darcy's death when Daniel Cleaver, Bridget's ex-boss and now the godfather of her two children, is fighting to pull Bridget - the character played on film by actress Renee Zellweger - out of her sadness.
The cause of death of March Darcy, played by Colin Firth in the film versions of the two previous novels, will be made known towards the end of the book and it was not revealed in the portions published by the Times.
"Mad about the Boy" is Fielding's third book since she launched the successful "Bridget Jones's Diary" in 1996 and "The Edge of Reason" in 1999.
With her efforts to stop smoking, her continual diets interrupted by anxiety and her blunders, the character of Bridget Jones entranced millions of readers all over the world and sold more than 15 million copies in 40 countries.
"Bridget Jones's Diary" originated from a column written by the author in the daily The Independent in which she discussed the activities and insecurities of a thirtysomething female in the British capital in the 1990s. EFE