I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for uplifting summer read The Old Girls’ Network by Judy Leigh. Thank you to Rachel Gilbey and Boldwood Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this lovely book.
About the book:
The Old Girls’ Network
Is it ever too late to change…
After a health scare, 77 year-old spinster Barbara goes to convalesce in the sleepy Somerset village of Winsleigh Green with her sister Pauline, who is now a widow. The sisters are like chalk and cheese – Barbara, outspoken and aloof and Pauline, good natured and homely – so it’s not long before the tension starts to rise.
But when Pauline accidentally knocks down a vagrant who goes by the name of Bisto Mulligan, the ladies find themselves with another houseguest. As he recovers, it becomes apparent that Bisto is not who he first seemed, and as the sisters get to know the kind and courageous man he really is, it’s clear Bisto has the potential to change both of their lives.
As the spring turns to summer, and Winsleigh Green comes to life, can the three friends make the changes they need to, to embrace fresh starts, new loves, new lives and new horizons. Or do old habits die too hard?
Funny, joyful and with a spring in its step that reminds you to live every day like it’s your last, Judy Leigh has once again written the perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee MacDonald and Cathy Hopkins.
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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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The Old Girls’ Network by Judy Leigh is a laugh out loud funny, moving and uplifting read that is the perfect for this time of year. I’ve been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to escape into the pages of some fabulous summer reads during lockdown, and oh my goodness this one does not disappoint!
It tells the story of feisty Barbara who, after a health scare, invites herself to convalesce in the sleepy village of Winsleigh Green with her widowed sister, Pauline. Both in their late seventies, Barbara is the outspoken sister whilst Pauline is more good natured and homely. Living together was never going to be easy and tensions soon begin to rise.
But when Pauline accidentally knocks down a vagrant known as Bisto, the sisters find themselves with an extra houseguest. It soon becomes apparent that there’s more to Bisto than at first meets the eye, and as the sisters get to know him, they begin to realise that he has the potential to change both their lives.
The Old Girls’ Network is a pure delight from beginning to end. I loved the fact that this book centred around the often overlooked older generation, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that their lives can be every bit as eventful as the younger generation! Judy Leigh’s writing is pitch perfect as we find ourselves drawn into the lives of these colourful characters. We laugh, cry and experience life right alongside them as they do their best to navigate the ups and downs of later life.
Filled with hilarious moments that will make you laugh out loud, I honestly can’t rate this book highly enough. A beautifully written and heartwarmingly poignant read that I simply adored! This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it most definitely won’t be my last. Highly recommended.
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