Morning my loves.  Today I’m thrilled to bring you two reviews! First up, I’m one of the closing stops of the blog tour for The Old Ducks’ Club by Maddie Please, an outstanding and wonderful story of friendship, second chances and fun which will have you laughing out loud……

Title: The Old Ducks’ Club
Author: Maddie Please
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Series/Standalone: Fourth book in a series; Can be read as a standalone
Estimated word count: 312
Formats available: Paperback, Audiobook and eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Boldwood Books (18 May 2021)

about the old ducks’ club

Sophia Gregory is fading away…

Recently split from her married lover and about to turn sixty, Sophia doesn’t recognise the old woman staring back at her in the mirror. Where has her life gone so wrong? How has it come to this? A quiet holiday in beautiful Rhodes is the perfect chance for her to find herself again.  

Until she meets the Old Ducks!

Bold and brash, Juliette, Kim and Anita are three friends who are determined not to grow old gracefully – and they are Sophia’s worse nightmare! But when Sophia is made an honorary member of The Old Ducks’ Club, she begins to discover a new side to life. Dancing and drinking till dawn Sophia starts to shake off her grey, drab old life and finds the fun side to living again!

And when she meets her gorgeous Greek neighbour, Theo, she thinks that maybe, if she’s just a little braver, she can learn to spread her wings again….

It’s never too late to teach an Old Duck new tricks!

A rip-roaring, laugh out loud story about the importance of friendship and always, always having fun! Perfect for fans of Judy Leigh and Dee Macdonald.

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

Sophia has escaped to Rhodes to get away from her married ex.  She plans on working while she’s away and enjoying some peace.  Until she’s woken early in the morning by the new arrivals next door – three older ladies who are swigging from the wine bottle in the hot tub and laughing ridiculously loud.  She’s not impressed and knows she’ll have to have a word with them.  What she doesn’t expect is to be inducted into the Old Ducks Club!

Hanging out with them, drinking and laughing makes her realise how she’s changed over the years, and how she needs to find the real her again…….And as well as making some wonderful new friends, she catches the eye of the gorgeous Greek neighbour Theo, and after spending time with him realises she needs to be brave and see where things go…….

This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time………I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud so many times in one book!  The things the Old Ducks get up to are hilarious – I really hope I”m like them when I’m in my sixties!!

The characters are all brilliant.  Sophia appears to be a bit snooty at first but soon relaxes and I loved the other side of her.  Watching her re-find herself after five years with an idiot was wonderful – she really does spread her wings which is lovely to watch.  Juliette, Kim and Anita are fabulous! You won’t be able to not love them!  Theo is an adorable older man and Lucian…..well, I’ll let you read about him for yourselves!

I adored the setting and just wanted to be with them on holiday! Even though it was nearly out of season, the twisting alleyways, flowers, little bakeries and taverna’s made it sound so beautiful – it will make you yearn to be on holiday (especially after us being locked down for so long!).  The little house Sophia is staying in sounds perfect; who wouldn’t want to stay there, and then wake up and have tea and pastries in the little garden with the Greek sparrows?!

I loved the plot which will keep you turning the pages, keep you laughing and have you hoping for Theo and Sophia to get together!!  You’ll also be cheering on the other Old Ducks to make some changes to their lives too.  The fact that this was about women in their sixties was brilliant, and even as a thirty-something it was easy to imagine how life might be for them all, and I loved that some of them just didn’t care!  The way the story is written really worked for me and was part of the reason I laughed so much.  I felt like Sophia was chatting away to me half the time, and that made it a thoroughly enjoyable book to lose myself in.

So overall, I can’t praise this enough. If you’re looking for a book that you won’t want to put down, will have you laughing your socks off and will give you that bit of romance that we all love, with some outstanding characters, then you should definitely check this out.  I can’t wait to read more from Maddie. Highly recommended by me.

about the author

Maddie Please is the author of four bestselling romantic comedies, having had a career as a dentist and now lives in rural Devon where she enjoys box sets, red wine and Christmas. She will be taking a new direction in her writing for Boldwood with joyous tales of older women – the first of which The Old Ducks’ Club will be published in May 2021.

Where to find Maddie online: Facebook | maddieplease ~ Twitter | MaddiePlease1 ~ Instagram | maddieplease1 ~ Bookbub Profile

follow the tour

Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour, and to Maddie and Boldwood Books for a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

I’ll be back soon with my second review of the day!

See you soon

Chelle x

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