Sunday, 21 October 2018

Book Review - A Grand Old Time by Judy Leigh - #HolidayReading Book 26

Book 26 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title:  A Grand Old Time
Author: Judy Leigh
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 3rd April 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

It’s never too late to have the time of your life . . .
Heartwarming, hilarious and joyful – the perfect read for anyone who loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, A Man Called Ove, Ruth Jones and Jojo Moyes.

Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a care home. She may be seventy-five and recently widowed, but she’s absolutely not dead yet. And so, one morning, Evie walks out of Sheldon Lodge and sets off on a Great Adventure across Europe.

But not everyone thinks Great Adventures are appropriate for women of Evie’s age, least of all her son Brendan and his wife Maura, who follow a trail of puzzling text messages to bring her home.

When they finally catch up with her, there are shocks in store . . . because while Brendan may have given up on life and love, Evie certainly has not.

This book is a lot of fun, and is one that I really enjoyed reading. 

Evie who is 75 has decided that living in a care home isn't really for her, and decides to leave without telling anyone. After a stroke of luck she ends up taking a fabulous road trip through France and meeting loads of great people. 

Her son Brendan whose marriage seems a bit rocky, decides he needs to set off in pursuit of his mum.  So we have a book with two separate road trips going on, which takes in a lot of small villages in France and gives a great idea of the various places. 

Their two experiences are wildly different, and as much as I loved Evie's story, I just didn't take to Brendan and his wife Maura.  He seemed like a real mummy's boy and just dissatisfied with everything and I really wasn't sure what to make of Maura.  Evie on the other hand is a fabulous character, full of life and her imagination is wild! 

I loved Evies assorted antics and overall thought this was a very entertaining story and definitely an author to keep an eye on for future releases. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Avon for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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