Chasing the Sun by Judy Leigh

I’m so delighted to be part of the tour today for this wonderful book. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Sun, Sangria and new starts, from the author of the bestselling Five French Hens.

Molly’s seventieth birthday comes as something of a shock. The woman in the mirror certainly looks every day of those seventy years, but inside Molly feels she still has so much more living left to do. Widowed and living alone with her cat Crumper, Molly fears she is slipping into a cliché of old age.

When Molly’s sister Nell appears on her doorstep, distraught that her husband of more than forty years, Phil, has left her for a younger lover, the women decide to seize the day. By the morning, flights are booked, bags are packed, and off they go for an adventure in Spain.

The sun, the sea, the new friends and the freedom are just the tonic for broken hearts and flagging souls. But even Spain isn’t enough to revive Molly’s spirit. A solo journey to Mexico is booked as Molly continues to chase the sun and to chase happiness. Will she find what she’s looking for in Mexico, or will she discover that true contentment can’t be found on a map, but it might just be found in a new flame. 

Judy Leigh is back, with her trademark spirit of joie de vivre, fun, warmth and timeless lessons in how to live.

My Review:

I absolutely love Judy Leigh’s books, I was so excited to hear that there was a new one coming out.

As always, the characterisation is superb. The characters are more than characters in a book, they become people that you know, friends. Molly is a strong and often impulsive woman, which often ends up resulting in a few hilarious situations. She’s living proof that at seventy years old, life is still full of possibilities and fun. Instead of settling into a quiet retirement, she’s off out, seeking adventure.

There’s more to Molly than just fun and escapades though, she has times of introspection and is still searching for her place in life and for fulfilment. I found her a really deep character once I got to know her.

Nell has been through a traumatic split, and going away is just what she needs. But the trip becomes more than just a holiday, it helps them both to start afresh and re-evaluate their lives. These two women show us that at any age, life is for living, and you can start again and find happiness.

A wonderful book full of fun, adventure, sunshine, laughs and a little bit of romance, but there’s so much more to this story. It’s life-affirming, uplifting and thought-provoking. All in all, the perfect novel to life your spirits and give you some hope, and put a smile on your face. Just glorious.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Author Bio: 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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