Judy Leigh comes to the blog today with her contemporary woman’s fiction story: a bit adventure, a bit family saga with plenty of laughs in
The Age of Misadventure
Georgina is a divorced mother of one, with her own ‘spa business on the ground floor of her house, a twenty-four year old daughter who does personal training in between nights out with her friends, and a sister married to a wanna-be gangster who, despite his oily charm, has never been a favorite of the family. His wife, Bonnie is a simpering and quite “oh but he loves me’ sort, far too willing (or afraid) to put her own feet on the ground and behave sensibly. With Georgie’s apparent ‘need’ to control everything she can and protect Bonnie, all while trying to make ends meet and spending 3 days a week caring for Nanny (a great aunt Anne that has always been ‘nanny”) who lives in a tiny flat across town. But now, Jade has decided to move on with a new man, much to Georgie’s dismay and oft-spoken negativity and Bonnie’s husband Adie is running from a bigger and more threatening gangster than he is – leaving them all flummoxed.
Georgie decides that moving Jade in with the new boyfriend in Brighton is going to go better (and perhaps she can talk some sense into her to slow down) if she drives her there – bringing Bonnie and Nanny with her, as the time has come where Georgie has decided Bonnie must leave her husband. A road trip, several false clues of which most came to naught as Bonnie was too “distraught’ to actually think sensibly, meant not only Adie but the gangster he was trying to cheat were far too close behind, a six or eight hour trip turned into 3 days, flat tire, short tempers and a colossal problem on the other end.
What emerges here are several different things: the improvement in Nanny as she has regular good food, entertainment and company make her brighter – and her mispronunciations are just hysterical – cross ants, deduce, etc. – just delightful. Bonnie does, eventually, grow a spine – but her moping, selfish and utterly childish behavior had me wanting to toss her off a cliff more than once. Jade’s relationship with Luis was calming for her, and wonderful to see how he accepted her and the craziness that arrived, even as Georgie was trying desperately to see the ‘what happens when” rather than the what was. From the childish mutterings of Georgie, most based in her hurt when her marriage ended, and her fear that it will happen again, her reluctance to accept that Jade has grown up and needs her own life, and the frustration from the near “house arrest” because of dangers from Bonnie’s ex, everyone has a chance to grow up, change and find yet another path to start off along, even in their 50’s (or 80’s as in the case of Nanny). Clever, with true laugh out loud moments and plenty of heart, the writing and character growth and development are fabulous and sure to please readers who want something more than the ‘expected’ growth and change story.
Title: The Age of Misadventure
Author: Judy Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon Books UK
Published on: 21 February, 2019
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts
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The gloriously funny new novel about living life to the full, whatever your age, from the author of A Grand Old Time.
55-year-old Georgie Turner doesn’t need a new man. Her daughter, aunt and sister are the most important people in her life (and the most infuriating). But it seems the older they get, the further apart they drift.
Georgie’s never been a fan of her sister Bonnie’s husband, so when she learns her brother-in-law has been up to no good, Georgie sees an opportunity to bring the women of her family back together. Along with her 21-year-old daughter and 80-year-old aunt, she packs Bonnie into the back of her car and they leave Liverpool to hide out on the coast of Sussex. With the help of some sun, sea and bottle or two of prosecco, this will be an adventure they’ll never forget.
But could the right man find Georgie while she’s stopping the wrong man finding her sister?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.