Dancing Over the Hill by Cathy Hopkins

When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it’s time to hide the remote…

Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid. An inspiration to others. Stuck together like glue. But Cait can’t shake off the feeling that something is missing. The whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, so why does she feel shut up like a clam?

Things get more complicated when Tom Lewis, the man who broke her heart at university, makes a reappearance – still as charming as ever. Her friends, widow Lorna and newly-single Debs, have their own views of what Cait should do – but she isn’t in the mood to listen.

When Tom makes Cait an unexpected offer, Cait feels the pull of a different life. Has she got the guts to take the plunge, or does it take more courage to give her marriage another chance?

Funny and thoughtful, this is a book for anyone who ever wondered . . . what if?


I loved Cathy Hopkin’s previous book, and this one is just as good, if not better.

The story is told from both Cait and Matt’s viewpoints, and I liked getting the insights into how they both thought. It’s also interesting to view a relationship from both sides, and see how there can be miscommunication and misinterpretation by each person.

They are both likeable characters and I really wanted things to work out for them.

There are some other great characters in the book too, such as Cait’s friends, and her father.

This book is so funny, and there are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments in it. It’s a humourous and light-hearted look at getting older, and changing relationships, but there’s more to it too. It’s a perceptive and insightful novel. It’s thought-provoking as well as being a really enjoyable read.

Highly recommended. It will leave you with a smile on your face.


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