Women's Fiction

The Golden Oldies’ Book Club by Judy Leigh @BoldwoodBooks @JudyLeighWriter

Book Description:

Deep in the Somerset countryside, the Combe Pomeroy village library hosts a monthly book club.

Ruth the librarian fears she’s too old to find love, but a discussion about Lady Chatterley’s Lover makes her think again.

Aurora doesn’t feel seventy-two and longs to relive the excitement of her youth, while Verity is getting increasingly tired of her husband Mark’s grumpiness and wonders if their son’s imminent flight from the nest might be just the moment for her to fly too. And Danielle is fed up with her cheating husband. Surely life has more in store for her than to settle for second best?

The glue that holds Combe Pomeroy together is Jeannie. Doyenne of the local cider farm and heartbeat of her family and community, no one has noticed that Jeannie needs some looking after too. Has the moment for her to retire finally arrived, and if so, what does her future hold?

From a book club French exchange trip, to many celebrations at the farm, this is the year that everything changes, that lifelong friendships are tested, and for some of the women, they finally get the love they deserve.

Judy Leigh is back with her unmistakable recipe of friendship and fun, love and laughter. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.

My Thoughts:

Being a book lover, how can you not read a novel that has book club in the title?

The story centres around Jeannie and her cider farm as well as the members of the book club. The book club made me laugh at how heated the discussions could get of which the books chosen each time all seem to be about the same subject which each member seems to get something different out of the story.

Cider is probably one of my favourite alcoholic drinks so I really enjoyed finding out more about how it’s made and the different variety’s you can get. Jeannie is seventy two and has done a great job in running it but is at a crossroads of what she wants next in life and if she can release the reins on her business. I love her family network with her living with her ninety five year old mother and her two grand children who are twins. Violet, her mother, especially made me chuckle with her constant jokes which also made me groan at how bad they were but you can’t help laugh at them.

The Golden Oldies’ Book Club was a highly entertaining read about a group of women who rediscover themselves and what they want from life. I thoroughly enjoyed being on the journey with them and getting to know them all better. It’s a sweet and charming story with lots of humour thrown in for good measure. A lighthearted and feel good read which will have you craving for a bottle of cider by the end of it!

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