The Golden Girls Getaway b y Judy Leigh @JudyLeighWriter @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #TheGoldenGirls #bookreview #boldwoodbloggers

The Golden Girls’ Getaway written by Judy Leigh, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

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…

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This was such a fun read and it is so refreshing to read a book about characters who are at the more mature age in life.

The Golden Girls feels very relatable especially with the pandemic restrictions of last year so the author Judy Leigh has incorporated this very real life event into a romcom. However, there’s no anxiety about the pandemic felt in the book as it looks at the social aspect of lockdown.

The Golden Girls aka Vivienne, who is in her 70’s and is an actress, Gwen who is also in her 70’s and is a retired opera singer and Mary who is in her 80’s and a retired nurse. The ladies are very different in personality but they do have a few things in common, they are neighbours all living under the same roof and they are experiencing life during lockdown.

The girls are getting frustrated and bored with restrictions and as neighbours they are already friends but when an opportunity crops up for them to escape and travel the country in a motorhome it is the perfect time to cement lifelong friendships.

As the girls pack their bags and head away from the confines of the city of London a new found freedom is felt between all three.

We follow the girls on a journey across the English and Welsh coastlines and countryside taking in all that they offer and more. But this is more than a road trip, it is a journey of enlightenment for all three as they learn more about each other, let themselves live in the moment and embark on memory lane tours.

I adored Mary she was such a fun character but her vulnerability was so tragically sad my heart went out to her. Gwen was probably the most responsible and I loved witnessing her emerge as a confident, beautiful flower. Vivienne oozed glamour and was full of confidence. They all brought a certain something to the group and blended beautifully. I laughed along with them and when it came to returning I too felt a sense of melancholy.

A fantastic, fun, read full of surprises.

Author Bio –

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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Lil’s Bus Trip by Judy Leigh @JudyLeighWriter @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks #bookreview #Lilsbustrip #boldwoodbloggers

Lil’s Bus Trip written by Judy Leigh, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

It’s always a good time for a road trip…

When 82-year-old Lil decides to book herself, her 65-year-old daughter, Cassie, and her friend Maggie on a bus trip across Europe, she hopes for a little adventure to counteract the monotony of life in sheltered accommodation.

Along with three members of the Salterley Tennis Club and the Jolly Weaver five-a side football team, whose ideas of a good time are rather different to Lil’s and strikingly at odds with each other’s, the merry band of travelers set out on their great adventure.

From moving moments on the beaches of Normandy, outrageous adventures in Amsterdam, to the beauty of Bruges and gastronomic delights of France, the holiday is just the tonic Lil, Maggie and Cassie needed. 

And as the time approaches for them to head home, Lil makes an unexpected discovery – even in her advancing years, men are like buses – there isn’t one for ages then two come along at once. Is Lil ready to share her golden years, and can the ladies embrace the fresh starts that the trip has given them. Or is it just too late to change… 

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This is the first book I’ve ready by author Judy Leigh and I’m delighted to say I’ve found a new author to go on my favourites list. The list is growing 🙂

Lil’s Bus Trip is such a wonderful romp of a read that at times is daft, funny and entertaining and at other times it moves on to serious issues that are thought provoking. However, with the way the author has created her characters the poignant moments are soon lifted. There is a definite heart-warming feeling running throughout the storyline.

Lil is in her early 80’s living in a retirement complex. Lil is full of mischief as she banters with the local cafe owner and has a heart of gold with her random acts of kindness. Lil fell in love very young but this was a short lived romance leaving her heartbroken and many, many years of what-ifs. It also left her with her most precious possession, her daughter Cassie.

Cassie is a poet and has performed and worked all over the world but is happy now settled close to her mum house sharing with her best friend Jamie.

When Lil hears of a trip around Europe a plan starts to spring into action and a little while later Lil with her downtrodden neighbour, Maggie, along with Cassie join a merry band of travellers all excited and a little anxious for the holiday.

What I loved about this merry band of travellers was the diversity in ages and backgrounds. We had 3 octogenarians sharing a minibus with 3 young lads eager for nightlife and football, 3 middle aged travellers looking for culture and good food, local pub landlord on the search for good beer, two other females who are friendly and amiable and Tommy the driver who was an enterprising fellow. With an eventful start to the journey the bus of mismatch travellers was off on an adventure they wouldn’t forget!

I really enjoyed seeing the towns and cities across Europe through the eyes of the characters. Judy Leigh not only took her characters on a trip she also took her readers along with her.

Lil’s Bus Trip is fun, whacky, entertaining, poignant and very readable … I loved it!

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Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of 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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