- Title Five French Hens
- Author Judy Leigh
- Year 2019
- Genre Romance
The best days of your life might be still to come... When 73 year old Jen announces that she is going to marry Eddie, a man she met just a few months previously on a beach on Boxing Day, her four best friends from aqua aerobics are flabbergasted. The wedding is booked and, when the groom decides to have a stag trip to Las Vegas, the ladies arrange a hen party to beat all others -a week in the city of love, Paris. From misadventures at the Louvre, outrageous Parisian cabarets, to drinking champagne with a dashing millionaire at the casino, Paris lives up to all their hopes and dreams. But a week can change everything, and the women that come home have very different dreams from the ones who got on the plane just days ago.
This ended up being a lovely book but it took me a while to adjust to the style of it. It dips back and forth between five characters, very different women, who come together to celebrate the impending wedding of one of them. I liked that. It felt like there was a lot of minute detail, a lot of analysing each woman’s thoughts, and I couldn’t decide how I felt about that.
On the one hand, it made things a bit drawn out, it felt like forever before they actually got to Paris. But on the other hand, it really helped to bring these characters to life, highlighting their differences and similarities and bonding them together more. Overall, I enjoyed it though, and I’m happy that they each came to satisfying conclusions after their adventure away together. Some happy in their homes, others realising they need a way out.
Rating: 4 / 5