Sisters Kitty and Jenny haven’t spoken since a very disappointing Carvery lunch. Kitty, sixty-two, thinks Jenny is turning grey. Jenny, sixty-six, thinks Kitty needs to grow up!
So when both sisters inherit a farmhouse in rural France, it gives them the perfect chance to heal the rift between them. Except the farmhouse is a wreck, the garden is terrorized by a flock of chickens, not to mention a donkey with a serious flatulence problem!
Kitty is determined to enjoy herself, especially when she meets gorgeous French builder, Leo. Ooh la – la! And Jenny finds the fully stocked wine cellar helps enormously with missing horrible husband Paul – hic!
And as the two sisters begin to repair their fragile friendship, they discover that being bad is actually very good for the soul.
I received a digital ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I first encountered Maddie Please when I read The Old Duck’s Club and fell in love with her style. I love the idea that women are still full of life once they pass menopause and head into their later years. There’s something comforting, for me, to know that I’m not yet within touching distance of the scrap heap!
Sister’s Behaving Badly takes us to rural France and shows us the joys, and pain, of the continental lifestyle. Inheriting a farmhouse means that estranged sisters, Kitty and Jenny, are forced to communicate for the first time in years. As they arrive and assess the magnitude of the job in hand, it begins to look as though a truce is on the cards. Sadly, this is short-lived.
I particularly liked Kitty, her attitude to life was a breath of fresh air. Despite a catalogue of marital disasters, she still has a desire for finding a happy ending and has not given up on finding her perfect man. What she really needs is to fall in love with herself, but that’s a tough call when you’ve spent so many years being criticised by your closest family. Of course, there may be romance in the air as Kitty develops a gentle friendship with builder Leo.
Jenny was more annoying, to begin with, her superiority was tiring, and I really felt for poor Kitty. It was a real relief to see her leave in search of her somewhat estranged son. Those blissful weeks gave Kitty a chance to bloom. On returning, it was sad to see that she still had some way to go with her own personal development, but that realisation coincided with Kitty’s self-discovery.
As I expected, there was laugh out loud hilarity, throughout the book. From Kitty’s plunge into the bog-like pool, the pram filled with chickens, and the flatulent donkey, I found this book extremely funny. Watch out for the fate of the French designer sunglasses!
If you want to escape to France and spend a few hours laughing, this is a sure thing!
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.
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