Chasing The Sun by Judy Leigh #BlogTour

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.

My Thoughts

This book is the perfect dose of sunshine that we all need in our lives right now. As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover and read the description for Chasing The Sun I knew it would be a story I would lose myself within.

Molly has come to the sudden, and rather daunting realisation that she is hurtling towards what people would call ‘old’, something she certainly hasn’t felt until now. When she takes a step back and looks at her life with her cat Crumper, and her rather neglected home that is bursting with memories for her, she finds herself rather upset with what her life has become.

When Molly’s half sister Nell suddenly appears on her doorstep with a suitcase in tow, Molly is rather confused – after all, Nell is the one that appeared to have the perfect life. When Nell informs Molly that she has left her husband Phil, and that he has gone off with a younger waitress, Molly decides that they are both clearly in need of some space.

Soon enough they find themselves in sunny Spain, where they come across several rather intriguing characters. There is the Swedish couple who share their roof terrace – and also their hot tub!, and some of the conversations that arise throughout their stay is hilarious!. And then Molly meets Ronnie – a man of their age, who also happens to own a boat, and is on the search for more customers for his boat trips. Molly steps in to help, and the situation honestly had me howling with laughter at points as the situation played out vividly in my mind.

There is so much more that takes place throughout this gorgeous story, but I really don’t want to give too much away. The characters are wonderful and incredibly relatable and oh so likeable, you want nothing more than happiness for them all. I loved the bond Molly and Nell shared, and the ways in which they guided one another through the struggles they were currently facing with love and support.

And of course, the setting itself is an absolute dream! Who doesn’t want to escape to somewhere full of sunshine right now?. Judy Leigh has such a fascinating writing style that really makes you feel as though you are living the story alongside the characters you come to know and love throughout this delightful book.

Witty, charming and full of laugh out loud moments, I loved everything about this story.

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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.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Judy Leigh for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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