Lil’s Bus Trip by Judy Leigh
It’s always a good time for a road trip…
When 82-year-old Lil decides to book herself, her 65-year-old daughter, Cassie, and her friend Maggie on a bus trip across Europe, she hopes for a little adventure to counteract the monotony of life in sheltered accommodation.
Along with three members of the Salterley Tennis Club and the Jolly Weaver five-a side football team, whose ideas of a good time are rather different to Lil’s and strikingly at odds with each other’s, the merry band of travelers set out on their great adventure.
From moving moments on the beaches of Normandy, outrageous adventures in Amsterdam, to the beauty of Bruges and gastronomic delights of France, the holiday is just the tonic Lil, Maggie and Cassie needed.
And as the time approaches for them to head home, Lil makes an unexpected discovery - even in her advancing years, men are like buses – there isn’t one for ages then two come along at once. Is Lil ready to share her golden years, and can the ladies embrace the fresh starts that the trip has given them. Or is it just too late to change…
This is a gem of a book and one I really don’t want to say too much about, except to say buy it, read it and enjoy it.
Lil, from the first page, is a CHARACTER; full of life and energy despite a hip that feels all of her eighty odd years. It’s no surprise she signs herself, her daughter Cassie and neighbour Maggie onto a bus trip to France, Belgium and Holland, on a whim.
I had such fun on the road with these ladies and the ten others on the trip. Thirteen strangers/acquaintances/friends, of all different ages, all slightly flawed, and all bringing something different to the holiday. We get to meet them all and learn what it is they are looking for. I loved revisiting some special locations, but it was what they gained from their time together that is the best part of this book and left me with a warm squishy feeling.
Lil is strong, feisty and great fun; I got to the end and wanted to hop back on the bus for another adventure. In fact, I think I want to grow up to be like Lil.
This is a well-written book with some clever twists, that was a real tonic and put a huge smile on my face. It was a great reminder that life is worth living, and having fun and friendship is priceless.
If you are looking for an escape this summer, with lots of fun and emotional scenes, I can recommend Lil’s Bus Trip.
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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