The Golden Girls’ Getaway [Book Review]

December 10, 2021

The Golden Girls’ Getaway by Judy Leigh

The Golden Girls Getaway by Judy Leigh (cover) Image: white text against a blue sky and three women sitting in camp chairs with their backs to the camera on a green expansive lawn area

Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, UpLit, England/Wales Countryside

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My Summary:

Thanks @BoldWoodBooks #NetGalley for a complimentary eARC of #TheGoldenGirlsGetaway by Judy Leigh upon my request. All opinions are my own.

At the end of the Pandemic lockdown, three women borrow a motor home and escape their boredom and isolation by touring the British countryside. Vivienne (popular soap actor), Mary (retired nurse), and Gwen (retired opera singer) are all mature women in their 70s and 80s. Even though they live in the same building, they don’t know each other very well. Throughout the trip, their friendship deepens and and they rediscover joy and laughter, the power of sisterhood, and good times.

a motor home driving along a scenic highway

My Thoughts:

Uplit + the power of Sisterhood + mature characters + living your best life + adventure + moving out of your comfort zone + road trip + friendship + second chances + humor = an entertaining, quick, and light vacation or weekend read.

Lots of life to live at 70+! I love the premise and the characters, the snappy writing, and the armchair travel! Each character’s personality shines as these mature (70+) women set out on a spontaneous vacation (adventure) in a motor home. They meet a few colorful characters and challenge and support each other along the way. As usual in uplit, there is a hopeful ending. Thanks for the rec Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog!

Some details in the story need to be overlooked like driving off in a motor home with no instruction, practice, or knowledge…..or assuming a majority of women 70 to 80 could simply be comfortable plopping on the ground for a picnic and then be able to spring up on her own with no assistance.

Themes: I love the thoughtful themes of feeling invisible at a certain age, pondering what women of that age have to offer, living your best life after retirement, precious friendships, and hope for the future.

Recommended: You might love The Golden Girls’ Getaway if you are ready for some uplit or a light quick read, if you love stories about older and mature characters, or if you appreciate thoughtful themes. Book clubs might enjoy this mostly lighthearted selection!

My Rating: 4 Stars


The Golden Girls Getaway by Judy Leigh (cover) Image: white text against a blue sky and three women sitting in camp chairs with their backs to the camera on a green expansive lawn area

The Golden Girls’ Getaway Information here.

Meet the Author, Judy Leigh

Author Judy LeighHello – I’m Judy Leigh. I’ve lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently I live in Somerset. After teaching theatre, writing lyrics for a punk band and setting up Shakespeare Festivals, I completed an MA in Professional Writing.

My bestselling novels include A Grand Old Time, The Age of Misadventure, Five French Hens,The Old Girls’ Network, Heading over the Hill, Chasing the Sun, Lil’s Bus Trip and The Golden Girls’ Getaway.

My next novel, A Year of Mr Maybes, is out on March 29th.

All of my novels celebrate fun and friendship, the ups and downs of life, relationships, the power of laughter and the belief that everyone should have a second chance at happiness, whatever their age.

I’m also working on another set of novels under a different author name. These will be dual timelines and more than a little bit spooky. The first will be published in 2022 and I’m really excited about it. Watch this space.

I’m a prolific writer, but when I’m not at the computer I’m often on the beach or on the moors, walking, doing yoga or travelling in the camper van. I’m a Reiki healer, a vegan and an animal lover. I have three black cats and I love live music, theatre and football.

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  1. Great review as always, Carol. The book sounds so fun. I wasn’t familiar with the term “uplit”. After a quick search, I now have a new genre to immerse myself in. Look out TBR list.

  2. Wonderful review Carol. I enjoy Judy Leigh’s books, especially because they all deal with mature characters who are still living a fulfilling life in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Great themes in this one and I am looking forward to reading it.

    • I was reading a bit more about the official definition (which I should include in my post I think) and it really stresses kindness as a theme! I love that!

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