Book Review “The Highland Hens” by Judy Leigh


Fiction, comedy, love and friendship


Length : 350 Pages

Publisher : Boldwood


The Highland Hens

In the imposing Glen Carrick House overlooking Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, lives eighty-eight-year-old Mimi McKinlay, cared for by her three adult sons. Hamish has inherited his mother’s musical talents, Fin is the responsible brother, and Angus has the complicated and brooding personality to match his dashing good looks.

But what all the brothers share is a concern that their beloved mother is living in her memories of her days on stage, while letting her present days pass her by.

Jess Oliver is at a turning point. Amicably divorced after years of being married, this trip to the Highlands is a first taste of independence. It isn’t long before the beauty and hospitality of Scotland captures her heart.

When Mimi and Jess’s paths cross, a friendship is formed that will change both women’s lives.  And as together they find ways to look forward instead of to the past, long forgotten dreams are within reach, and every new day is fresh with possibilities.

Take a trip to the Highlands with Judy Leigh for an unforgettable story of glorious pasts and fabulous futures, of love, friendship, family and fun. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.

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REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 5 STARS PLUS (as 5 stars just isn’t enough)

I always know when I read a Judy Leigh book that I’m in for the best few hours reading. I fell in love with the wonderful Mimi by the end of the first paragraph. As she “tottered” towards her stereo I just felt that she was going to fill me good feelings full of laughter and joy and I wasn’t wrong. Judy has a creative knack to bring happiness to her characters, they are real and utterly believable. Each one has their own little foibles that just make them wonderful to get to know.

Mimi and her naughty best friend Isabella have a zest for life that is totally infectious. They prove that age is just a number, you get one life so just live it to the best you can. Whether 8 or 88 just do what makes you happy, makes you heart swell and makes you feel loved. Friendships are always a strong theme in Judy’s books and boy does she create simply the best friendships. Everyone and every funny moment is incredibly marvellous with a capital M.

As the story unfolds and more and more stunts are pulled by Mimi I kept thinking “I want to be just like this slightly potty but magnificent lady” Jess is having a fab time looking after Mimi and she helps to open our eyes to the fact that 50 somethings can and do live lives to the full with dreams and hopes yet to be fulfilled.

I am not going to ramble on and on, and believe me I could. I just advise you to grab a copy, a coffee and tissues (for the tears of laughter) you will soon be immersed in the life of marvellous Mimi, her 3 son’s, the dark and brooding Angus, handsome and suave Hamish and Fin who seems t have the world on his shoulders. It’s a journey you won’t regret taking.

Author Bio –

Judy Leigh is the USA Today bestselling author of The Old Girls’ Network and Five French Hens 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 Thanks for Advance Copy to…..

Rachel Gilby

Judy Leigh

Boldwood Books


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