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Chasing The Sun

I had just finished Judy Leigh’s Heading Over The Hill, which I thoroughly enjoyed, when I realized that I was meant to review Chasing The Sun and that made me so happy.

Description of Chasing The Sun

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.

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My review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m a firm believer in the fact that it’s never too late to fall in love and find happily ever after! So I’m so glad that I’ve had the chance to read three of this author’s books that reaffirm my belief.

This is mainly Molly’s story. She’s a lovely mix of someone who introspects and yet never misses an opportunity to be adventurous. At 70, Molly is not sure whether she’s looking for love, but she’s certainly looking for a change. She feels a bit stuck in the home she lived with the now deceased Richie, the love of her life. But she’s not sure what she wants to do.

When her sister, Nell, lands on her doorstep after breaking up with her husband, Molly decides that they both need a change of scene and off they go for a longish holiday in Spain. They have a great holiday and some minor adventures, but while Nell seems to find love again, Molly seems to feel unsettled and takes off for Mexico.

There she finds friends and a lovely man, but she isn’t able to commit. Will she finally heal from the loss of her husband and more importantly what she feels is the abandonment of her as a baby by her mother?

This is such a heart-warming read with Molly’s adventurous spirit giving me cause to giggle. Great locations and lovely characters make it a very memorable read.

Most of all the book not only reaffirms that it’s never too late to find love but also focuses on the importance of being surrounded by a supportive community as you get older.

I’ll be on the look out for more of Judy’s books and would absolutely recommend this book to you.

Meet 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.

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Grateful to the publishers, Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced reader’s copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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