“We were born to be real, not perfect”.
A sweetly wistful tale of aging, regrets, and second (or third, or even fourth) chances as we follow the Mallorca-based adventures of a group of British sixty-ish female friends, charmingly naming themselves “the Old Ducks”.
A Hen party in sunny Spain, to celebrate the new marriage of sixty-four year old Juliette, the fun-loving and uninhibited stepsister of Denny, our first person POV protagonist, could be the opportunity needed to recharge and redefine the recently retired, never married, ex government employee Denny’s “wasteland of empty weeks” now looming as her current life unfolds.
As Denny and her fellow Ducks discover the delights of their exotic vacation villa and the surrounding Spanish delights, a surprise beckons as a party of male bird watchers takes up camp in the villa next door. A surprise, and for Denny, perhaps an opportunity, to rekindle the flame with her long-ago University days ex-boyfriend – a love that ended without closure, or clarity, that has haunted her dreams for near-on forty years.
A lovely read, sensitive and thoughtful to the hopes and dreams that never age, and the possibilities, for each of us, at any stage of life, gracing every corner.
A great big thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.