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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 Winsley 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 Winsley 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.
It is such a delightful change to have stories focussing on the antics of some members of the older generations! In this story after having a health scare 77 year old Barbara invites herself to stay with her sister, Pauline in a rural community. Barbara can’t stand the countryside, is a loner, abrupt, standoffish and aggressive with no real filter when she makes comments. To be honest, I really didn’t like her to start with! Pauline is her complete antithesis – gregarious, kind, caring, an active member of the community and always ready to help anyone in need. The sisters don’t really relate well to one another, they never have. However, when Pauline accidentally knocks down an elderly Irish gentleman, Bisto Mulligan, she ends up taking him home to give him time to recover from his injuries and life sure gets interesting for them all as they get to know each other and this brilliant community works its magic on them all.
The story is packed with fun and laughter and the the whole community is an eclectic mix of fabulous characters who are superbly portrayed and easy to relate to. This is a story which shows that change can be brought about when we least expect it. Fate has a huge part to play in this story. It is story of community, life and living as well as finding romance in your later years. It is a story full of surprises and romance. There’s definitely life left in these septuagenarians and lots of laughs along the way in this highly entertaining read -there’s even a shiny thong involved in one scene that had me in stitches! I have no hestitation in highly recommending this fantastic story, great fun to escape into whatever your age! This is one of those rare stories that I suspect I’ll remember snippets from and be giggling about for some time to come.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after thoroughly enjoying read it.
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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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