The Old Ducks Club by Maddie Please

Sophia Gregory is fading away…

Recently split from her married lover and about to turn sixty, Sophia doesn’t recognise the old woman staring back at her in the mirror. Where has her life gone so wrong? How has it come to this? A quiet holiday in beautiful Rhodes is the perfect chance for her to find herself again.  

Until she meets the Old Ducks!
Bold and brash, Juliette, Kim and Anita are three friends who are determined not to grow old gracefully – and they are Sophia’s worse nightmare! But when Sophia is made an honorary member of The Old Ducks’ Club, she begins to discover a new side to life. Dancing and drinking till dawn Sophia starts to shake off her grey, drab old life and finds the fun side to living again!

And when she meets her gorgeous Greek neighbour, Theo, she thinks that maybe, if she’s just a little braver, she can learn to spread her wings again….

It’s never too late to teach an Old Duck new tricks!

A rip-roaring, laugh out loud story about the importance of friendship and always, always having fun! Perfect for fans of Judy Leigh and Dee Macdonald.

My Thoughts


In The Old Ducks Club we meet Sophia, a newly single woman who is fast approaching turning 60. When she catches sight of herself in the mirror, she is shocked to see the woman staring back at her, she is someone who Sophia doesn’t recognise anymore.

Deciding that a break is needed, Sophia packs her bags and sets off to a beautiful Greek Island. As she is settling in to her holiday home and looking forward to such much needed time to relax alone, the last thing she expects is to run in to her neighbours Juliette, Anita and Kim – who are also known as The Old Ducks Club.

However, the Old Ducks Club want anything but a quiet two weeks in sunny Greece, and what’s more – they want Sophia to join them on their adventures. As Sophia get’s to know these women better and becomes a member of their club – she also starts to live her life again, something she didn’t think possible at her age, and something The Old Ducks Club soon proves her wrong about.

This is one of those feel good books you can quite happily lose yourself in for hours on end without realising it!. Set in beautiful Rhode’s, the author does a fantastic job of bringing the setting to life for the reader, allowing you to picture the apartment that Sophia was living in vividly – and making me rather jealous in the process I have to admit.

There is such a colourful cast of characters in this book, all of whom I loved getting to know better as the story progressed. The friendship that formed between the four women is so incredibly heart warming and fun – I wanted to join their club myself. A truly beautiful read that allows us to escape to the beautiful Greek Islands.

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About the Author

Maddie Please is the author of four bestselling romantic comedies, having had a career as a dentist and now lives in rural Devon where she enjoys box sets, red wine and Christmas. She will be taking a new direction in her writing for Boldwood with joyous tales of older women – the first of which The Old Ducks’ Club will be published in May 2021.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Maddie Please 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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