Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for The Golden Girls’ Getaway by Judy Leigh. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour and to Boldwood Books for my review copy via NetGalley. Do check out the posts by my tour buddies for today.
About the Book
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.
Format: Paperback (365 pages) Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication date: 7th December 2021 Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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After my recent diet of rather serious books, The Golden Girls’ Getaway was a welcome helping of light relief. A Devon cream tea after a bowl of beetroot soup, if you like.
All three of the characters were a delight to become acquainted with: Vivienne, the stylish former soap-actress afraid she has been consigned to thespian obscurity; Gwen, the former opera singer who now only has an audience of one – herself; and Mary, who cooks up a mean curry and has an impressive and imaginative range of swear words. Probably my favourite of the three was Gwen. I found it touching how at the beginning of the book she thinks of herself as having lost the knack of living, spending most of her time as she does in her flat. And although all three of the ‘golden girls’ experience a transformation in their lives, I felt Gwen’s was the most deserved because of her kindly nature.
I loved the idea of the three of them sharing the motor home, sitting outside of an evening admiring the view at their overnight stop and sipping a glass of wine – although I’d not be quite so keen on the chemical toilet! I enjoyed eavesdropping on their conversations about love, life, missed opportunities and new horizons, and witnessing their reaction to the various places they visit.
There were some laugh out loud moments such as the ‘full frontal frolic’ (sorry you’ll have to read the book for more detail), an accidental lock-in, a quadbike rescue, Vivienne being recognised for a role she wouldn’t consider the height of her acting career, and Mary’s microphone testing spiel.
The Golden Girls’ Getaway is a heart-warming and entertaining way to spend a few hours. So let’s join them in their toast ‘To the three of us and the best of times to come’.
In three words: Funny, engaging, uplifting
Try something similar: Three Women and a Boat by Anne Youngson
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. Sign up to Judy’s newsletter here.