Good morning and welcome to my post today, as part of the book tour organised by Rachels random resources - I want to say thankyou to her and Boldwood Books for providing me with a copy of this lovely book in exchange for an honest review.
It has been a long and lonely year for neighbours Vivienne, Mary and Gwen. All ladies of a ‘certain age’, their lockdown experience has left them feeling isolated and alone. They are in desperate need of a change.
Things start to look up however, when Gwen comes up with a plan to get them out of London by borrowing a motor home. In no time at all the ladies are on the road – away from the city, away from their own four walls, and away from their worries.
The British countryside has never looked more beautiful. As they travel from Stonehenge to Dartmoor, from the Devon and Cornish coasts to the Yorkshire moors, gradually the years fall back, and the three friends start to imagine new futures with no limitations.
And as their journey continues and their friendships deepen, and while the seaside views turn into glorious mountains and moors, Mary, Vivienne and Gwen learn to smile again, to laugh again, and maybe even to love again. Now they can believe that the best is still to come…
This was an absolutely lovely tale of the journeys and lives of three women, all over 60, who had come to a point in their lives where things had got stuck. They were coming out of lockdown realising they had become more stagnant than they would have liked and they realised life had a lot more to come and they had a lot more to offer.
I loved the different dynamics of the three ladies, Gwen was a lost soul, very affected by lockdown and the loneliness that had come with that. She encompassed the feelings of many people throughout the country currently and it was lovely to see her growth throughout the story. Mary was a feisty, funny and loveable lady who had a huge heart and needed people with which to share it. Vivienne, such a classic beauty, a TV star who had forgotten who she was and what she wanted. All of these women had such a beautiful bond and were a force to be reckoned with.
There were laughs along the way, comical moments, emotional moments and links to the current covid crisis and how people have been affected by the situation. It really resonated with me on a lot of levels and made me want to, like the three women, make the most of the days we have now that lockdown is easing.
This tale was a breath of fresh air and I loved reading about the ladies on tour and their many shenanigans! The setting was beautiful too, so many English countryside and coastline descriptions. It made me want to hop in a camper van and drive around the country myself, although I certainly wouldn't want to have to negotiate some of those roads and that hill!!
I am so glad I chose to join this tour and read this book. I look forward to other work from Judy Leigh.
About the Author
Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of Five French Hens , A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.
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