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This was the most fun book I read in recent times. Molly just had her 70th birthday, and she wanted to shake her life up. And nude painting was the way to go. Wrapped in cling film with green paint on it, then pressing her body to the canvas to the canvas – that was her birthday gift to herself. I loved she was so adventurous. So much more than I am now.

Her sister’s marriage broke down and to distract her, Molly arranged for a four month long vacation in Spain. Things happened and she flew to Mexico, where she found life’s biggest bounty as she chased the sun.

I am so determined to be Molly at any age. The author Judy Leigh was brilliant in her portrayal. She was fun, adventurous, exciting, and she knew her mind. I loved how she made me smile whether she was in cod fish costume or naked on the beach.

Each scene could be beautifully envisionsed. Oh who am I kidding? It was so freaking humorous. I had to silence my giggles as it was the middle of the night, yet a few escaped.

The book was one big tale of exciting adventures where emotions stayed just under the page waiting to be discovered. I loved every line, and Molly touched my heart. Full credit to the author.

And the best part was that she had sex at 70 with all the enthusiasm one would have at 20. Big whoopy do!! I loved it.

That’s it… I am turning into Molly now and when I grow up… 70 is the new 30. If you ever manage to get your hands on this book, the mutant ninja on a vespa was simply hilarious.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


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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.


Publication Date: March 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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6 Responses

  1. I love Judy Leigh’s books! I just downloaded the audiobook from the library and look forward to listening to this one. Being in my 60s, I am closer to Molly than I want to be. I know I am not as free as the characters in her books, but it is fun to live vicariously through her characters. Great review, Shalini.

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