The Old Girls’ Network by Judy Leigh #BookReview #BlogTour #Boldwood #RachelsRandomResources #NetGalley #4*


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Is it ever too late to change…

After a health scare, 77 year-old spinster Barbara goes to convalesce in the sleepy Somerset village of Winsleigh Green with her sister Pauline, who is now a widow. The sisters are like chalk and cheese – Barbara, outspoken and aloof and Pauline, good natured and homely – so it’s not long before the tension starts to rise.

But when Pauline accidentally knocks down a vagrant who goes by the name of Bisto Mulligan, the ladies find themselves with another houseguest. As he recovers, it becomes apparent that Bisto is not who he first seemed, and as the sisters get to know the kind and courageous man he really is, it’s clear Bisto has the potential to change both of their lives.

As the spring turns to summer, and Winsleigh Green comes to life, can the three friends make the changes they need to, to embrace fresh starts, new loves, new lives and new horizons. Or do old habits die too hard?


Funny, joyful and with a spring in its step that reminds you to live every day like it’s your last. Judy Leigh has once again written the perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee MacDonald and Cathy Hopkins.


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Lively & Entertaining!      stars 4


Such fun! Just that little bit different but oh, so very entertaining!

Barbara and Pauline are sisters who don’t get on (I know the feeling!); but when Barbara has a bit or a turn, she announces that she is going to stay with Pauline to recover. Faced with this fait accompli, Pauline hopes that finally they can rub along together. When Pauline is inadvertently involved in an accident injuring Bisto Mulligan who, to all extents and purposes, is a bit of a vagrant she immediately takes him into her home to allow his injuries to heal – much to her sister’s horror. Will these three manage to survive together peacefully?

Who knew that two ladies in their seventies could be so lively and entertaining? I loved Winsleigh Green (spelled ‘Winsley’ in the novel); it’s full of a fantastic range of characters each with their own idiosyncrasies. As with any village, there is always plenty going on; life can be very busy if you want it to be and I enjoyed all the interaction. A lighthearted story with more than a dollop of truth in the pages but also threaded through with humour. This is an easy, feel-good read – my first by this author but I’ll definitely watch out for any future books. Well-written and enjoyable, I’m very happy to give this one 4*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s humorous fiction


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Author Bio


Judy Leigh


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.


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