Book Tour and Book Review: The Golden Oldies’ Book Club by Judy Leigh

Posted December 16, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 34 Comments

Book Tour and Book Review: The Golden Oldies' Book Club by Judy Leigh

The Golden Oldies' Book Club
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by Judy Leigh
Publication Date December 1, 2022
Published by Boldwood Books Limited
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Genres: Fiction, Fiction / Women
Pages: 344
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

Deep in the Somerset countryside, the Combe Pomeroy village library hosts a monthly book club.

Ruth the librarian fears she's too old to find love, but a discussion about Lady Chatterley's Lover makes her think again.

Aurora doesn't feel seventy-two and longs to relive the excitement of her youth, while Verity is getting increasingly tired of her husband Mark's grumpiness and wonders if their son's imminent flight from the nest might be just the moment for her to fly too. And Danielle is fed up with her cheating husband. Surely life has more in store for her than to settle for second best?

The glue that holds Combe Pomeroy together is Jeannie. Doyenne of the local cider farm and heartbeat of her family and community, no one has noticed that Jeannie needs some looking after too. Has the moment for her to retire finally arrived, and if so, what does her future hold?

From a book club French exchange trip, to many celebrations at the farm, this is the year that everything changes, that lifelong friendships are tested, and for some of the women, they finally get the love they deserve.

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

Readers love Judy Leigh:

'Loved this from cover to cover, pity I can only give this 5 stars as it deserves far more.'

'The story's simply wonderful, the theme of second chances will resonate whatever your age, there's something for everyone among the characters, and I do defy anyone not to have a tear in their eye at the perfect ending.'

'With brilliant characters and hilarious antics, this is definitely a cosy read you'll not want to miss.'

'A lovely read of how life doesn't just end because your getting old.'

'A great feel-good and fun story that made me laugh and root for the characters.'

Praise for Judy Leigh:

'Brilliantly funny, emotional and uplifting' Miranda Dickinson

'Lovely . . . a book that assures that life is far from over at seventy' Cathy Hopkins bestselling author of The Kicking the Bucket List

'Brimming with warmth, humour and a love of life... a wonderful escapade' Fiona Gibson

The Golden Oldies’ Book Club by Judy Leigh is a wonderful book about community, love, and friendship.  

Story Recap: 

In the small village of Combe Pomeroy, is a book club, the Golden Oldies book club.  Members include Ruby, the librarian who feels like life has passed her by, Aurora, seventy-two years old and full of energy, Verity, married to a grump, Danielle, tired of her cheating husband and Jeannie, the glue that holds the group together.  

This must be the year that everything changes for the group.  They go on an exchange trip to France and that is the start of the change that the group needs.  

My Thoughts: 

I love that these women were all older characters but still varied quite a bit in age.  July Leigh does a wonderful job with older characters and that’s why I love her books so much.  

These characters are so realistic and very entertaining.  They get into some trouble but still stay true to their characters.  I like that they are all stuck in some kind of rut and they each need to change some aspects of their lives.  

And the book is just plain fun.  The pacing is wonderful and the book takes us on an adventure right away.  It’s also full of laughs, but also emotion as these women grow and find their true passions in life. 


I highly recommend The Golden Oldies Book Club to anyone who enjoys Women’s Fiction.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Judy Leigh

Judy Leigh

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of 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.

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34 responses to “Book Tour and Book Review: The Golden Oldies’ Book Club by Judy Leigh

  1. I just posted my review of this book and enjoyed it for all the same reasons, Wendy. Great review. I never hesitate to recommend a Judy Leigh book.

  2. Hi Wendy!

    I do love the sound of this one. I love my own book club and we differ in ages as well! The youngest is 31 (not me…) and the oldest is turning 70 next year. Love my ladies.

    The premise of the Golden Oldies sounds enduring and like a good holiday read. Not that I should add any ….

    Hope you are doing well and having a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

  3. This does sound good and like you I like that there is a variety of ages but the characters lean towards a bit older. This definitely sounds like a book I’d enjoy.

  4. I like the varying age of the characters as well as their different situations. What they all seem to have in common is to be ready for change. Great review, Wendy!

  5. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette

    Great review! I have been reading a lot more books with older characters. It’s been nice.

  6. I really enjoy books with older characters and I’m sure I would like this book! I hope my library has it! Lovely review Wendy.