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Monday, August 8, 2022

RRR presents... THE HIGHLAND HENS by Judy Leigh - REVIEW!

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Today, we're joining a Rachel's Random Resources tour already in progress featuring the latest from author Judy Leigh.  I've read a few of her works previously, and  I have to say, she definitely has a way with words.  She does a wonderful job of giving us leading ladies from a different generation that take the stage in their own lives by storm.  Whether it be another chance at love or the simple beauty of being understood and cared for, your heart is committed to the story from the first page.  Today's featured title is no different, and without further adieu, I give you today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

The Highland Hens
Judy Leigh
Boldwood Books

About the book...
In the imposing Glen Carrick House overlooking Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, lives eighty-eight-year-old Mimi McKinlay, cared for by her three adult sons. Hamish has inherited his mother’s musical talents, Fin is the responsible brother, and Angus has the complicated and brooding personality to match his dashing good looks.

But what all the brothers share is a concern that their beloved mother is living in her memories of her days on stage, while letting her present days pass her by.

Jess Oliver is at a turning point. Amicably divorced after years of being married, this trip to the Highlands is a first taste of independence. It isn’t long before the beauty and hospitality of Scotland captures her heart.

When Mimi and Jess’s paths cross, a friendship is formed that will change both women’s lives. And as together they find ways to look forward instead of to the past, long forgotten dreams are within reach, and every new day is fresh with possibilities.

Take a trip to the Highlands with Judy Leigh for an unforgettable story of glorious pasts and fabulous futures, of love, friendship, family and fun. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.


Oh this book could just as easily have been titled The Life, Times, and Adventures of Mimi Solitaire, and no one would have blinked an eye.  She is the star of the show in so many ways.  Mimi may be up there in years, and experiences, but she lives loudly, and without shame, as we all should!  She is her own person, and yes, she may tire more easily now, forget the usual pleasantries of today, and take a few chances others would turn their nose up at, but she is genuine, she is true to herself, and she is a doll!  I couldn't imagine having not met this vibrant woman, so much so that as I type this now, I'm tearing up!  Yes, in truth.  There are many reasons, what with everything that transpires between the epages, but the biggest one is that fictional or not, you can't help but care for this remarkable character...and the same goes for her "entourage".

We have her sons that care for her oh so deeply, but not by placating her and trying to change her into someone she's not, but by cherishing her and how her strength and love molded them into the men they are today.  Which was my favorite?  Well, they all had their positives, and while my heart didn't match with any of them in particular, I was beyond thrilled with Jess' match.  Oh yes, I haven't mentioned Jess yet.  What begins as a place to call home while her own home is under renovation turns into a life changing experience that opens hearts, ignited flames, and brings her into a family fold she never anticipated.  Jess, herself, is also a remarkable woman, having had her own experiences in life and love and loss...and while she is the catalyst for many of the positive changes occurring in the McKinlay household, she's in for a few surprises of her own.  Then there's Isabella, Mimi's long time friend til the end and partner in crime, the memories of those she's loved before, and the hope she holds on to for a love of her own still to come.

It's a heartwarming novel from start to finish, and one I am truly grateful to have found.  Go ahead, take a chance on these grand dames and new friends, and you'll feel like one of the hens in no time flat.  A great recommendation for Women's Fiction and Contemporary Fiction fans of all ages.


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!

1 comment:

Judy Leigh said...

Thank you for this incredible review. I really enjoyed reading it and I love that you 'get' Mimi so well. Sending warm wishes, Judy xx

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