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Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources to shine the book spotlight on a title that fits both the Women's Fiction genre and Contemporary Romance. It's not your typical story either, in either category, but that just goes to make it even more memorable. Ladies and gents, get ready to carpe diem with the best of them as we welcome today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...
Chasing The Sun
About the book...
Sun, Sangria and new starts, from the author of the bestselling Five French Hens.
Molly’s seventieth birthday comes as something of a shock. The woman in the mirror certainly looks every day of those seventy years, but inside Molly feels she still has so much more living left to do. Widowed and living alone with her cat Crumper, Molly fears she is slipping into a cliché of old age.
When Molly’s sister Nell appears on her doorstep, distraught that her husband of more than forty years, Phil, has left her for a younger lover, the women decide to seize the day. By the morning, flights are booked, bags are packed, and off they go for an adventure in Spain.
The sun, the sea, the new friends and the freedom are just the tonic for broken hearts and flagging souls. But even Spain isn’t enough to revive Molly’s spirit. A solo journey to Mexico is booked as Molly continues to chase the sun and to chase happiness. Will she find what she’s looking for in Mexico, or will she discover that true contentment can’t be found on a map, but it might just be found in a new flame.
Judy Leigh is back, with her trademark spirit of joie de vivre, fun, warmth and timeless lessons in how to live.
I love when a book's title can be taken so many ways. In the literal sense, yes...the characters do in fact chase the sun around the globe, but it's not just for its warmth and light. In the metaphorical sense, the cast of characters is on the higher end of the age bracket, so in a way, they are all chasing the sun, or a new day before it sets its last. I like the middle ground somewhere between these two meanings, where the characters are not going after the great burning ball of light in the sky, but rather finding their way back to themselves. For Nell, it occurs after the breakup of her marriage, a seemingly good relationship that follows, and a whole lot of soul searching. For Molly, it starts with her desire to care for others, brings on a bout of "itchy feet", and ends in discovering truths about herself she never knew, and the realization that while yes, she had great days behind her...there were still more to come should she give life AND love a chance.
I found myself in awe of Molly. Her heart was so much bigger than even she knew. Her soul was so much stronger than she gave it credit for. Her wildness, willfulness, and gorgeous behavior was so much more than you'd ever expect of a mature individual, but all of that and then some go into making her the FABULOUS person she was. Watching her break down everything around her bit by bit almost broke my heart because I simply knew that something big was coming her way, but seeing it all built again, and experiencing the pure happiness that she uncovers was unexpected bliss. I can only hope that should I reach her wonderful age one day that I am half as feisty, half as trusting, and half as willing to take the chances that life offers to perhaps discover my best life yet.
So, follow Molly's advice and carpe diem! Do your self the favor and snag a copy of this wonderful book that reminds us that we're only as old as we feel, and that it's never too late for love.
About the author...
Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of 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 of Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, 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.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!