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Publisher's Summary

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 and 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.

Funny, fearless and with a joie de vivre that reminds you to live every day like it’s your last. Judy Leigh has once again written the perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Cathy Hopkins, Dawn French and Fiona Gibson.

©2019 Judy Leigh (P)2019 Boldwood Books

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Engaging and Different Tale of Five Mature Ladies

This is a great tale about five senior women who met at aqua aerobics and became fast friends. Each very different personalities, with a different take on life, marriage and growing older. This is a different genre for me. But I, too, am one of these "older women", and I can safely say that I appreciate this kind of story, depicting the challenges and feelings that women nearing or in their seventies go through. Many of these hurdles are not pretty. But they are the reality that we live in today. One reviewer noted that the book was crude . . . but I don't think so. I'm a Christian . . . but I'm also a realist. I wouldn't do the things these ladies did together . . . go to nightclubs, etc. But they didn't do anything terrible, didn't sleep around. And the book is not filled with trashy scenes or foul language. I will definitely listen to more from this author. The bonds that the five "hens" formed grew stronger and the women learned much about themselves, as well. The changes in society over the last fifty years, since most of us women said "I do" are numerous. Even though we took our vows in the 1970s when things were starting to change, most of us ended up doing it ALL, not being equal to men. We wore ourselves completely out. It does my soul good to listen to books about friendships between women. By the way, I am a happily married woman of 50 years, but I've had plenty of hurdles. 😉

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I’m speechless!

Can’t say enough good things about this book! The story is uplifting with a great message…..the reading is delightful……I’m in love with this author! This is the second book I’ve listened to of hers…..and I’m going to listen to them all. It’s wonderful to read great stories about women (and men) in my age group. FANTASTIC!

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Fun for older chicks aka hens

This is my second book I read by this author. It's great to see the world through the perspective of these older women characters. Since I'm in my sixties, I prefer these stories to those about girls much younger. Lots of humor as well as insight. Great character development.
The narration is excellent.

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Crude story of several friends adventures.

I did not like the crudeness of the story, but did enjoy the performance. I wasn't expecting a Christian story, but I also was not expecting how base it would be. So it was okay story with good narration, but I probably won't listen to any more by this author.

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5 French Hens could be a totally true life story

I showed this book because of the title Pfeiffer in Chains and as I listened to this story it could be me I'm 72 I'm single I'm looking for the next things in life and son of a gun these ladies are living the lies that my friends and I deserve there so many real life lessons in this their Adventures their Daredevil their Joys their sorrows their accomplishments they're jilting it's wonderful it's like a handbook for women over 60 thank you for writing this I thoroughly enjoyed it and maybe the best book I've ever read.

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Five French Hens

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I really enjoyed listening to this story. It's nice to hear a story like this.

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great character development

I really liked the characters in this book and seeing Paris through their eyes. there were a couple places where the descriptions got a little long but overall I really enjoyed the book

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Fun and entertaining

I use Audible a lot while driving. This is a good vehicle for a trip. Easy to listen to----although sometimes the British narration is garbled. Interesting premise and fun characters.

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  • Jo
  • 05-19-22

Good story

Well written with good character development. Would recommend this author and this narrator. Nice having a story that contains mature women.

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Struggled to finish.

Finally jumped to the last 2 chapters for the rest of the story. Just not my cup of tea.

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  • 02-23-20

Enjoyable

Didn't know what to expect when I started this book but soon became enmeshed in the lives of these 5 ladies. Thoroughly enjoyed the book

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  • Amber
  • 09-29-21

A wise story

Brilliant story really enjoyed this book with a great lesson for the older among us.

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  • Debbie Forrest
  • 09-28-21

Heartwarming and uplifting story

Good to hear a story about older women.Life does not stop when you reach 60.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-20

Another uplifting read from Judy Leigh

A story about real friendship and not settling for second best. I love the way Judy’s mature characters still see that live is for living at any age, an uplifting read!

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  • Karen A Shaw
  • 12-19-20

Feel good story full of dreams

Enjoyed this book from the start. Quite predictable storyline, but enjoyable to listen to. The narration went well with the story.

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  • Sabrina
  • 03-04-22

Please research diverse characters or don't bother

I found both the writing and the performance of the Jamacian characters in this book INSULATING. It was clear that both the writer or the narrator has met maybe one Jamaican for a 10 min conversation. All the non British accents were bad, but the Jamacian one was insulting. It was like that time Marco White made Jamacian Rice and peas with grean garden peas and chicken in one pot lol. One pot Chicken and rice is mentioned in relation to the Jamacian couple in the story, which all people that have spent any time with Jamaicans know, is not a thing.

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  • Mick
  • 12-18-19

Amusing, feel good story

Being a fan of the narrator, Annie Aldington, this book made a pleasant change to her usual narratives of gangland London. A tale of five recently acquainted ladies on a journey of group and self discovery to Paris. A pleasant, amusing, feel good story.

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  • Anita S.
  • 04-18-22

Never really got going.

This story never really got going and I kept wondering if I listen a little longer it will start to get interesting,but it never did
One thing that really annoyed me was that even the supposed liberated women in the group all needed a man, or a dog to prop them up.
come on!!!
I was gardening, had muddy hands, so didn't want to dirty my phone.
Not a patch on the gossipy old girls network
by same author, which was much like the Archers, daft but believable.

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  • Mgilles5
  • 11-30-21

loved the characters and story.

such fun could have listened to more of the antics . very enjoyable listening.

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  • louise hainey
  • 05-17-22

Great book

Great listen, would recommend a listen, funny and Made me laugh, also a follow up book too x

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  • Arathaw
  • 05-09-20

Just a delight

As I listened to this book I couldn't keep the smile off my face with the occasional spontaneous giggle. The antics of 5 70yr old women seems like a boring topic but it most certainly was not.

Great narration and believable character driven story.

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  • Lorraine
  • 01-14-22

Right Decisions in the end.

Loved this story very much. It kept my attention All the way to the end.

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  • BookwormDownUnder
  • 12-23-21

Five French Hens, what a blast!

Brilliantly funny and heartfelt story that many of us can relate to. I’d love a group of friends like them. Great reading until the very end and great performance by Annie Aldington.
Now to download more from Judy Leigh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

Very enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a very unique story, light and easy listening, but giving food for thought. Lovely.

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  • Jane
  • 12-20-21

Five French Hens - such a treat !

An utterly delicious book ; savoured it from beginning to end . Plot, structure , characterisation and tone are all handled with consummate skill and ease . A celebration of life in all its messiness , brokenness and unexpected joys .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-21

Lovely, light and easy to listen to.

Really sweet story, slightly predictable but so beautifully narrated. Loved all the descriptions of Paris, felt like I was there.

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  • Squeak
  • 12-12-21

A good escape

Really enjoyed the light hearted story. The characters were quite entertaining and you really felt for them and the way each one resolved their problems.

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  • Aussie Jenny
  • 09-29-21

Live life to the fullest

Five French Hens is a cracking tale of life after 70 for five women with differing views on love.
You will enjoy following these ladies on their life changing adventures in Paris.
I highly recommend this read/listen by Judy Leigh.

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  • Isabella
  • 05-10-22

Loved it

I could totally relate to all of the characters and the narrator was perfect for the story. I will definitely be getting more of this authors books.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 03-28-22

A holiday of enlightenment

The five French hens go to France to celebrate Jen’s hen night before she marries.
France was the best holiday for all of them, and opened their eyes to possibilities in their lives, other than seeking comfort in marrying again for love and companionship in their old age.
Della was the only one that had a happy marriage.
Tess was married to a ‘golf-tragic’.
Jen was a widow and was engaged to Eddie, who in my opinion just wanted someone to look after him.
Rose was a reluctant piano teacher, and really needed to explore her talent.
Pam was the only one that had never married, (sensible).
I did a lot of scoffing and snorting at Tess and Jen’s inability to see what was actually going on.