Growing old disgracefully and having a grand old time…
Billy and Dawnie may be in their seventies, but that won’t stop them taking chances or starting again. Their grown-up children have families and lives of their own, so now it’s Billy and Dawnie’s turn, and a life near the sea in Devon beckons.
But the residents of Margot Street (or Maggot Street as Dawnie insists on calling it), don’t quite know what to make of their new neighbours. Billy’s loud, shiny and huge Harley Davidson looks out of place next to the safe and sensible Honda Jazz next door, and Dawnie’s never-ending range of outrageous wigs and colourful clothes, means she’s impossible to miss.
As new friendships are formed and new adventures are shared, Billy and Dawnie start winning their neighbours’ affection. And when life teaches them all a terrible lesson, the folks of Margot Street are determined to live every day as if it’s their last.
What I Thought:
I have a lot of time these days for romantic fiction – I just feel in the current climate I need something with a happy ending to see me through. Heading Over the Hill by Judy Leigh supplies that happy ending, but not without some bumps along the way.
The books of Judy’s that I’ve read are special in that they feature older people as their main characters – for instance in this book there is a feisty Octogenarian who dons a Shirley Bassey outfit for a night out!
Billy and Dawnie are in what would traditionally be called their ‘twilight years’, but neither of them is ready to call it a day by any means and both are looking to embrace life now that they are able to spend all their time together.
This book has a definite message to live your life to the fullest, but while it is overwhelmingly positive, there is tragedy here too as old and new grief are felt by all the residents of Margot Street.
There is also a very strong sense of comradeship running through the book – both male and female characters form strong bonds and show the real benefits of relying on others in our communities – something very much in keeping with the feel of 2020!
I like Judy Leigh’s books – they are warm and funny, but never shy away from the realities of being an older person in today’s society. There may well be a happy ending, but it is always at the end of a nuanced and thought-provoking story.
Heading Over the Hill is published by Boldwood Books.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book via Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.