Book Review “A Year of Mr Maybes” By Judy Leigh


A Year of Mr Maybes

Never say never to falling in love…

Val didn’t expect to be starting again in her seventies, but when life gives her lemons, Val is determined to make lemonade.

Settled into her new home – a picture-perfect fisherman’s cottage in the small Cornish seaside town of Lowenstowe – Val is ready to start a new chapter. And with her son due to get married next Christmas, there’s also the little job of finding herself a plus-one to help her face her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

With the support of her neighbour Connie, and after decades of married life, Val takes the plunge back into the world of dating with trepidation and excitement. But can she remember how the single life works, let alone what her type is? There seem to be plenty of Mr Maybes, but no sign of Mr Right.

As the year passes, and as friendships and community life flourish, Val begins to blossom. And as Christmas approach, she might just decide she doesn’t need that plus-one after all – although never say never… 

Judy Leigh is back with her trademark promise of laughter, love and friendship. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.

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You know when you discover a new author and you’re in to book number 3 that you have read of theirs? Well that is where I am with Judy Leigh. I was so looking forward to A Year of Mr Maybes. As soon as I was lucky enough to get an advance copy I could not wait to sit in peace, on my own and stay there until I had finished. Was I disappointed? NO NO NO and NO again, this is the BEST one yet!! I absolutely loved every crazy moment, every laugh, every beautiful character. I mean who can not fail but to fall in love with a character called Loveday Moon? You know immediately what kind of slightly crazy but oh so brilliant character she is going to be.

Val is an utterly loveable woman. Strong and caring and the best kind of friend. She is out going and supports her friends with a fierce passion. I love her, I want to meet her, I want to be her (in a few years). She sets out on her mission to find her plus one with energy and commitment with the love and care of her new found friend and neighbour, Connie. These two form an immediate bond and just bring the best out in each other. They have the perfect relationship and bounce off each other. I love them! How many times can I say “love” in this review? oh many many times. I loved every quirky situation, every giggle, I wanted to feast on brownies and friendship and laughter. I loved this book.

Judy Leigh is the absolute master of writing fun, believable, older characters. Her style is easy to read, easy to lose yourself in, easy to love, laugh and cry along with the wonderful people contained within it’s pages. Have I said that I loved this book? Oh yes it looks like I have. Well if you don’t get just how fabulous A Year of Mr Maybes truly is, then I implore you to rush out, right now, grab a copy, a cuppa, lock your doors, switch off your phone and indulge yourself in a world of pure brilliance. It’s a great book that just goes to show age is just a number, nothing should stop you living your best life, in your own inimitable way. Be more Val, that’s what I say.

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Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of Five French HensA 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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With Huge Thanks for the Advance Copy for the Blogtour to…

Rachel Gilby

Judy Leigh

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