Book Review “Lil’s Bus Trip” by Judy Leigh

Lil’s Bus Trip


It’s always a good time for a road trip…

When 82-year-old Lil decides to book herself, her 65-year-old daughter, Cassie, and her friend Maggie on a bus trip across Europe, she hopes for a little adventure to counteract the monotony of life in sheltered accommodation.

Along with three members of the Salterley Tennis Club and the Jolly Weaver five-a side football team, whose ideas of a good time are rather different to Lil’s and strikingly at odds with each other’s, the merry band of travelers set out on their great adventure.

From moving moments on the beaches of Normandy, outrageous adventures in Amsterdam, to the beauty of Bruges and gastronomic delights of France, the holiday is just the tonic Lil, Maggie and Cassie needed. 

And as the time approaches for them to head home, Lil makes an unexpected discovery – even in her advancing years, men are like buses – there isn’t one for ages then two come along at once. Is Lil ready to share her golden years, and can the ladies embrace the fresh starts that the trip has given them. Or is it just too late to change… 

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5 STARS *****

The first thing to say in this review is, oh my goodness what an absolute gem of a book. I was left thinking, I hope, when I reach my 80’s that I am just like Lil. What a woman! She proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that life is for living, age simply does not matter. Judy Leigh writes her characters with a forthright strength that immediately makes you sit up and pay attention. I adored the fact that this marvellous book puts an older woman at its very heart and what a feisty, fun loving woman she is too.

I am not going to whittle on about the themes in the book, like I usually do, this book does not need any bolstering from me. The “Blurb” gives you all the information you need to make you say ” I need to read this”. Suffice it to say its a masterpiece in friendships that are out of the ordinary, a strong bond between mother and daughter, both independent fabulous ladies and there is a potential for love on the horizon, no matter where you are in the world. There are many laugh out loud moments, one that sticks in my mind is a game of strip poker with 3 OAPs who are unwittingly a bit high, well they were in Amsterdam. Its so funny that I’m still chuckling about it. What more could you want in a great read, a bit out of the ordinary, proving that age is just a number and its never to late to take on a new adventure. I loved this book, I would highly highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

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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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