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Sunday, June 21, 2020

RRR presents.... THE OLD GIRLS' NETWORK by Judy Leigh - REVIEW!

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Today, we've got a stop from the latest Rachel's Random Resources tour featuring a Women's Fiction title with humor, heart, and quite a lot of spirits...but we'll get to more of that in a minute. Ladies and gents, let's get straight to it, as we welcome today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

The Old Girls' Network
Judy Leigh
Boldwood Books

About the book...
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 Winsleigh 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 Winsleigh 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.


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We've two sisters who couldn't be more different than one another, brought together by circumstance, only to discover in their heart of hearts, they're not really that far apart.

I adored Pauline was the start, and honestly, WHO COULDN'T?  She was such a sweetheart, always caring for someone in need, giving of herself in any situation she encountered, and never expecting anything in return.  Barbara, on the other hand, was a bit more of an acquired taste, and quite honestly, by her self, I had no issues with her, but the moment she was in the vicinity of others, family or not, she could be quite a pill!  We come to discover what was at the heart of all that (sort of), but'll need to pull a Pauline and make room in your heart for her too by book's end.  Bisto...what to say about Bisto...well, to not put too fine a point on it, he loved having a tipple a bit too much for my liking, and quite frankly A LOT of the trouble he got into while trying to drown his worldly issues was created as a result of it.  Grant it, without having had a few too many, he wouldn't have been almost run down by Pauline and Barbara, thus eliminating the unique "meet cute" (of sorts), but dare I say he would have at least had his health?  Anywho, eventually even he gets shown in a new light and while it's certainly more centered than our first encounter, I still couldn't say that I wanted to call him friend...maybe just an acquaintance.  Though I've mentioned the main lot, there are quite a few others that make their presences known, for better or worse...but generally better...and they certainly do well in rounding out this cast of unique characters.

In the end, it's a story about the strength of families, both blood and chosen, as well as our human right to getting a second chance.  You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you may even skip off to have your own afternoon tea or tipple, but you'll certainly come back to the charming ways of Winsleigh Green and all the quirky ladies that make up this particular network.


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.



Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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