Rachels Random Resources presents:
Heading Over the Hill
by author Judy Leigh
published December 3, 2020
Here is a little about the book:
Growing old disgracefully and having a grand old time…
Billy and Dawnie may be in their seventies, but that won’t stop them taking chances or starting again. Their grown-up children have families and lives of their own, so now it’s Billy and Dawnie’s turn, and a life near the sea in Devon beckons.
But the residents of Margot Street (or Maggot Street as Dawnie insists on calling it), don’t quite know what to make of their new neighbours. Billy’s loud, shiny and huge Harley Davidson looks out of place next to the safe and sensible Honda Jazz next door, and Dawnie’s never-ending range of outrageous wigs and colourful clothes, means she’s impossible to miss.
As new friendships are formed and new adventures are shared, Billy and Dawnie start winning their neighbours’ affection. And when life teaches them all a terrible lesson, the folks of Margot Street are determined to live every day as if it’s their last.
Judy Leigh returns with a soul-warming, rib-tickling, timeless tale of true love, true friendship and happy-ever-afters.
Imagine Schitt’s Creek with Johnny and Moira Rose in their 70’s.
Ok, so there’s no financial mess, and they don’t live in a motel, but imagine these outrageous 2 characters retired and moving into your neighborhood.
I know what you’re thinking…. so just pick this one up and read it, because its as wild and fun as you think.
When 70 year old empty nesters Billie and Dawnie decide they want to start over, they pick up and move to Margot Street in Devon near the sea (or Maggot street as per Dawnie’s interpretation). But with Billie’s big noisy Harley and Dawnie’s crazy clothing and exorbitant wigs, the current residents are a little shocked and not sure what to expect. That includes next door neighbors Malcolm and Gillian who are especially mistrustful and suspicious. As the neighborhood gets to know Billie and Dawnie, friendships are made and adventures are had, opening the neighborhood up to a whole new outlook. That is except for Malcolm, and he isn’t standing for any of it. When something terrible occurs that teaches them all a valuable lesson, the neighbors all realize every day is a blessing and it’s time to live and love life to the fullest.
What an absolute fun ride (pun intended). As the cast of characters unfold and we get to know everyone, we see how the arrival of the new and odd neighbors brings everyone out of their comfort zone and opens up a whole new world to Margot Street. Chalked full of underlying “life lessons” that are too many to list, these two crazy and endearing newbies are welcome to be my neighbors anytime. And Drama? Yeah crazy Malcolm brings the drama and attempts to stir the pot (what’s a book without a cranky neighbor?). I absolutely adored this book. All the characters have their own story and the arrival of B&D opens windows and doors for all of them in this stagnant neighborhood. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love reading stories with elderly main characters, and this one fits the bill perfectly. I highly recommend this one, its fun and quirky and uplifting. Just don’t go trying to visit them and bring covid into this sweet neighborhood, because I will be livid if anything happens to this cozy community and I will hunt you down like Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Thank you so much to Judy Leigh, Boldwood Books, Netgalley and Rachel Gilbey from Rachels Random Resources for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.
About the Author
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.
You can learn more about Judy on her website judyleigh.com
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