Molly’s seventieth birthday comes as something of a shock. The woman in the mirror certainly looks every day of those seventy years, but inside Molly feels she still has so much more living left to do. Widowed and living alone with her cat Crumper, Molly fears she is slipping into a cliché of old age.
When Molly’s sister Nell appears on her doorstep, distraught that her husband of more than forty years, Phil, has left her for a younger lover, the women decide to seize the day. By the morning, flights are booked, bags are packed, and off they go for an adventure in Spain.
The sun, the sea, the new friends and the freedom are just the tonic for broken hearts and flagging souls. But even Spain isn’t enough to revive Molly’s spirit. A solo journey to Mexico is booked as Molly continues to chase the sun and to chase happiness. Will she find what she’s looking for in Mexico, or will she discover that true contentment can’t be found on a map, but it might just be found in a new flame.
I have been a fan of Judy’s work for a while now. I love the way she writes such feel good and funny stories. I read the synopsis for ‘Chasing The Sun’ and it certainly sounded like I was in for a treat. I jumped straight into the story and boy what a story it is. I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of ‘Chasing The Sun’ but more about that in a bit.
I was drawn into this book from the moment I clapped eyes on the bright and breezy cover and the story within the book’s covers sealed the deal as it were. I made the fatal mistake of starting to read this book just before I went to bed. Let’s just say that bedtime was delayed and I had a ‘lack of sleep’ hangover the following morning. I literally had to force myself to put this book down. If I wasn’t thinking about this book then I was reading the book and vice versa. I managed to finish the book in under 24 hours which is pretty good going for me.
‘Chasing The Sun’ is extremely well written but then I have come to expect nothing else from Judy Leigh. I love the way in which she makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story themselves. She also describes her characters so well that they seem just as realistic as you and I. I couldn’t help but become involved in the story to the point where I was even talking to the characters as if they could hear me. (I’m not mad by the way). I can honestly say that ‘Chasing The Sun’ was another amazing book from Judy and I loved every minute of it. I can honestly say that this book made me chuckle all the way through.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Chasing The Sun’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of her work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.