Thank to Judy Leigh, Boldwood Books and Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this blog tour.
Never say never to falling in love…
Val didn’t expect to be starting again in her seventies, but when life gives her lemons, Val is determined to make lemonade.
Settled into her new home – a picture-perfect fisherman’s cottage in the small Cornish seaside town of Lowenstowe – Val is ready to start a new chapter. And with her son due to get married next Christmas, there’s also the little job of finding herself a plus-one to help her face her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.
With the support of her neighbour Connie, and after decades of married life, Val takes the plunge back into the world of dating with trepidation and excitement. But can she remember how the single life works, let alone what her type is? There seem to be plenty of Mr Maybes, but no sign of Mr Right.
As the year passes, and as friendships and community life flourish, Val begins to blossom. And as Christmas approach, she might just decide she doesn’t need that plus-one after all – although never say never…
Judy Leigh is back with her trademark promise of laughter, love and friendship. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.
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This is my first Judy Leigh novel and it certainly won’t be my last.
My favourite thing about this book is that it centres around Val, who is a lady of a more mature age. A lot of romance novels have much younger protagonists so I really enjoyed reading about someone who searches for love and a new life in their later years.
Val is hurt and deeply upset when she finds out her husband has been cheating. Her son is loving at the other side of the world so she moves a few miles away to a cottage to start fresh. She meets new friends and neighbours and is happy on her own. Until, her son invites her to his wedding and she needs a plus one. So begins the search for a companion but love can appear in unexpected places.
Val’s friendship with Connie is so heart-warming and enjoyable to read about. I loved the variety of characters she is neighbours with and how quickly they drew her into the fold. It was uplifting to see how Val was healed by friendship first rather than romance, and how everyone looked after her.
The setting for this novel was just perfect for a moving on and healing story. Who doesn’t want to live in a cottage by the sea?
I adored this book and everything about it and I cannot wait to read more by this author.
Author Bio – Judy Leigh
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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