EXCERPT: ‘Cassie, do you think I’m too old?’
‘For . . . everything. I’ve come on holiday; I’m enjoying myself, but – am I too old for all the other things? For a bit of love?’
‘Of course not.’ Cassie rolled over again; the bed springs creaked. ‘None of us are too old, ever. There are some strange attitudes in the world about aging, as if we all suddenly become too far gone for the pleasures in life. I’ve seen many people over the years who were old at thirty-five, their lives dominated by poverty, misery and disease. And I know inspirational people older than I am – you’re one of them – who don’t let age hold them back.’
Lil sighed. ‘Sometimes I think I’m still forty until I look in the mirror.’
‘But you’re full of life, Lil – and while you are alive, you can do anything your body will let you: travel, have new experiences, even love.’
ABOUT ‘LIL’S BUS 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.
Along with three members of the Salterley Tennis Club and the Jolly Weaver 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 travellers 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…
MY THOUGHTS: There have been some excellent books published recently about seniors living their lives to the full, and I was hopeful that this was going to be another. But, unfortunately, I found it a little too cheesy, a little too twee.
The idea and the intent were great, and I enjoyed it more than not, but Lil’s Bus Trip was a read that I never really engaged with. I wanted to feel something for the characters, but it never happened. I wanted an entertaining and uplifting read, but I am sorry this just didn’t do it for me.
This was an average read, and I was quite content to close the cover at the end and move on.
I am well aware that I am very much on my own with my feelings on Lil’s Bus Trip, and that it may well be a book that you enjoy, so please check out a selection of the very many positive reviews.
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THE AUTHOR: Judy Leigh has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset. After teaching theatre, writing lyrics for a punk band and setting up Shakespeare Festivals, she completed an MA in Professional Writing.
She is a prolific writer, but when she is not at her computer you will find her on the beach, walking, doing yoga or splashing in the sea. She is also a Reiki healer, a vegan and an animal lover. She has three black cats and she enjoys live music, theatre and football.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Boldwood Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Lil’s Bus Trip by Judy Leigh for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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