Judy Leigh’s fans will welcome this story about a group of female friends. The group includes Jeannie, Ruth, Aurora, Verity and Danielle. They all have busy lives. Jeannie runs an apple farm and is a cider maker. She also has the care of her two teen age grandchildren and her elderly mother, a woman who is full of bad jokes. Ruth is a rather serious librarian who is instrumental to the others. Aurora is arty; she works in the farm shop. Verity has a pompous husband and a marriage in which she makes compromises while Danielle’s husband has left her and is flaunting his new love. These characters range in age from their forties to their seventies, showing readers how friends can have much in common even if they are not close in years.
The women deepen their friendships as they attend a book club together. They also attend cider festivals, travel to France for a magical week together and more.
This book offers a cozy read to those who enjoy women’s fiction. It is an easy and good novel to read with a cup of tea for a dose of relaxation and escape.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 06 December 2022