Two great stories to read by the pool, or at the beach. Second chances, New Beginnings, Family and Friendship all wrapped up in Women who are ready to live again.

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The Old Duck’s Club by Maddie Please

Published May 18th 2021 by Boldwood Books

4.5 Stars:

Sophia Gregory is almost sixty and doesn’t have much to show for her life. She recently quit her job working with her married lover because she is tired of the way he treats her. When she looks at herself in the mirror, she doesn’t recognize the old woman staring back at her. She decides a trip is what she needs, so heads off to Rhodes, Greece. She’s hoping for a nice quiet holiday, but her neighbours, “The Old Ducks” are anything but quiet. Juliette, Kim and Anita are three friends who are determined not to grow old gracefully and finally convince Sophia to joint their group. She lets loose and has a wonderful time. Dancing, drinking and a handsome neighbour, all help Sophia see what she is missing out on.

I have been enjoying stories with characters close to my age. Being retired and widowed, I could identify with these women and would love to travel with some of my crazy girlfriends. It was great to see Sophia let loose and gain female friends to have fun with. I laughed at this story and the ladies antics, but was also worried, when one of them gets arrested. Juliette, Kim and Anita are bold, loud, brassy, colourful and caring. They are also supportive and friendly, welcoming Sophia to join them. Having female friends is so important, and it was like Sophie came alive. Theo is also caring and sweet. He was not pushy, he just befriended Sophia and let her move forward at her own pace. This is a story full of laughs, new friendships, fresh opportunities, a different outlook on life with a possible romance. It has great characters, a beautiful setting and life changing events that put a huge grin on my face. I really enjoyed this story and it was a perfect book to read sitting by the pool. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

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Chasing the Sun by Judy Leigh

Published April 9th 2021 by Boldwood Books

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Molly is a 70 year old widow, who makes the most out of her life. She is happy, and likes her home and neighbors, but when her sister, Nell shows up at her door in tears, she knows she needs to do something drastic. Nell’s husband of 40 years, as left her for a 37 year old barista. Molly decides that a few months in Spain will help Nell get a fresh start and hopefully not find out that the home wrecker is pregnant. The two of them spend a few months in Spain and make friends. The stay is going well, when Nell decides to have a relationship with a man who owns a boat that the sisters know. Molly is ready to move on and after meeting a woman she decides to head to Mexico and rent her flat. Things don’t go perfectly for Molly, but she adjusts, makes friends and finds a special man. She has no intention of staying in Mexico, but can she leave?

I love this line from the book blurb, “Judy Leigh is back, with her trademark spirit of joie de vivre, fun, warmth and timeless lessons in how to live.” as it is exactly what I love about Judy Leigh’s books. This story has family drama, some angst, friendship, loyalty and travel as seventy year old Molly and her soon to be divorced sister, Nell, decide they’re not too old to enjoy life, visit new places, meet new people and live! Nell was an interesting character. After a 40 year marriage, she was broken when it ended, but it didn’t take long for her to realize it was for the best and she was ready to move on and begin enjoying life again. Molly, is young at heart; creative (body painting, dressing like a cod), spirited, open minded, and spunky. I want to be Molly as she is physically healthy and doesn’t seem to have the same aches and pains that I have. She has been alone since the death of her beloved, soul mate and has decided that she needs something new, something different. I would love to have her spunk and free spirit. When love comes her way, she doesn’t know what to do as Richard was her soulmate. If you believe in second chances, making the most out of life and remembering that you are alive and in control, then pick this book up. Another great read by the pool. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.