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Sisters Behaving Badly by Maddie Please was the perfect tonic for a cold and blustery winter's day.  Escape to rural France with Kitty and Jenny for an adventure that will alter both of their lives.

Kitty and Jenny were once as close as sisters can be, but life gets in the way and the two find themselves drifting apart and living completely separate lives.  With the shared inheritance of a rural farmhouse in France, and a mutual interest in the restoration of the property, the opportunity is there for the sisters to find their way back to each other.  Will they take it?  And maybe, just maybe, that was the intention of their benefactress all along?

This is a story that will resonate with readers, particularly those with a familiarity of the complexities of a sibling relationship, and those who have found themselves starting over later in life.  Fans of Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun will certainly want to add this one to the TBR.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for an ARC.
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Sisters Behaving Badly was a real breath of fresh air. Kitty and Jenny are in their 60's and have been estranged for some time. A trip to France to renovate their inherited farmhouse proves to be a healing journey with plenty of bumps along the way.

Kitty is thrice divorced and has never felt happy on her own until now.

Jenny has allowed her husband Paul to control every aspect of her life, and she realises she can no longer live that way.

As the house is given a new lease of life, so too are Kitty and Jenny and it just goes to prove that it is 'never too late to be happy, to fall in love, or to change things'.
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Kitty and jenny are 2 estranged sisters, in their 60s. Jenny is married to Paul, an over bearing, controlling man, whilst Maddie is at present single after a number of broken relationships.

The sisters are forced back together when they inherit a farmhouse from their aunt in France. In need of renovations, the  women travel to France to supervise these works. There l9ngstanding dislike to each other is at first hard to break. Whilst Kitty has quite a care free nature, Jenny is highly strung and finds it difficult to relax.

This highly funny book takes us on the womens journey as they re get to know each, understand each others troubles and begin to rebuild their relationship. Thrown in is chaos from the french builders, chickens, a donkey and a massive renovation project.

Well worth a read.
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I liked the writing style of this book though it felt a little slow in the middle, but I loved the sisters and the focus on their relationship. It was very very endearing and a really heartwarming story.
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I loved this! It was gentle, easy to read and a lovely story. It was nice to read a book where the main characters were in their 60s; making a change to the norm of women in their 20s and 30s. It touches on some serious topics too - controlling relationships and the importance of family. All the characters are likable and I enjoyed the story.
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Very funny book based on 2 quarrelsome sisters. This book had be laughing out loud over and over again.
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Take two sisters in their sixties, who haven't spoken for years
And have them travel together to France - will it all end in tears?
They're going to restore the farmhouse that was their Aunt's
Will they also restore their relationship now they have the chance?

With French builders and gardeners, and lots of mess, too,
To restore the property these women have lots to do!
But living together proves they're still sisters at heart
And taking chances, having fun is perhaps the best part!

What a fun read this story really proves
That age is no barrier to getting into new grooves.
A fun story with family and relationships at its heart
Will this adventure in France give them all a fresh start?

A chance to reevaluate what you want and what you've achieved
Can help making new choices just what you really need.
I also learnt some more French phrases, some colourful ones, too,
And enjoyed virtually visiting the places and people - so would you!

It is an inspirational read that shows it is never too late
To change your expectations and take new steps to change your fate.
I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into my complementary copy of this book
And hope this, my honest review, also encourages you to take a look.
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This was awesome! I enjoyed reading it. Jenny and Kitty are middle-aged sisters with years worth of scorn and misunderstandings behind them. They can only so hardly behave civilly with each other, let alone be nice. Now that their Aunt Sheila has died and left her inheritance to both of these sisters, Jenny and Kitty have to leave their respective comfort zones to live for a while in a small village in France, where the aunt lived. They decide to renovate the house, sell it and divide it among themselves. But old feelings surface and plans begin to change when the small town where aunt Sheila lived does its magic. 

 I love seeing that middle-aged women are getting representation in the stories, not only as quirky side characters but as the main characters who are multidimensional and their struggles and world view so real. Overall, a great read. Would recommend this to rom-com, women's fiction and general fiction lovers.
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The Blurb :
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.

My Thoughts :
Here we meet sisters, Kitty and Jenny. Both in their 60s and havent spoken in each other in a long time.
When they inherit their Aunt Sheila’s French Farmhouse, things are not what they expect when they arrive with the farmhouse being in such a mess, the sisters have a lot of work and renovations ahead of them.
Its now time that the sisters have to communicate again and start to put the past behind them.
We learn more about the sisters, and how opposite they are from each other. Kitty has had failed marriages and is now free and single, whereas Jenny has been married to the annoying Paul for years.
Can this project be the turning point for the sisters to finally rebuild their relationship or will it push them furthur apart!?.
I love the writing style that Maddie Please uses and the fact we are reading about the older generation. Maddie makes the characters relatable and doesnt sugar coat their relationship which is what happens in a lot of stories. A great story all about family, second chances and beautiful French surroundings.
Great work again from Maddie Please.
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this was such a fun read! i really enjoyed this one. the characters were flawless and it was just such an amazing book to read during this time. thank you so much netgalley!!!!!!
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Sisters Behaving Badly
by Maddie Please
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Maddie Please's latest novel 'Sisters Behaving Badly' is a glorious romp that readers will adore. It's a story of quarrelsome siblings, second chances, a fabulous location and growing old disgracefully. Maddie's warmth and humour will put a smile on your face and leave you relishing Kitty and Jenny's hilarious adventures in a French farmhouse' Bestselling author Judy Leigh ...more
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Published November 16th 2021 by Boldwood Books
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Review	I have read, reviewed and loved a few of Maddie’s books now. I love the way in which Maddie writes such feel good and fun stories. I read the synopsis for ‘Sisters Behaving Badly’ and it certainly sounded as though it was going to be another cracking read. Well it was that and so much more. I absolutely loved reading ‘Sisters Behaving Badly’ but more about that in a bit.
I loved the characters of Kitty and Jenny, who are sisters and who are both in their sixties. The sisters used to be close but for one reason and another they have had little contact with each other. Their Auntie has sadly passed away and it is left to Kitty and Jenny to sort out their aunt’s affairs and to decide what to do with her house. This forces the two sisters to spend quite a lot of time together and eventually they do start talking. Once the sisters start talking, there is a chance that they will get back to being friends as well as sisters. What happens? Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
The synopsis grabbed my attention and as soon as I started reading, I knew that I was going to seriously enjoy reading ‘’Sisters Behaving Badly’. To say that reading this book became addictive is a bit of an understatement. Once I started reading, I found it difficult to stop. I would pick the book up only intending to read a chapter or two but I would become so wrapped up in the story and in the lives of the two sisters, that I would still be sat there reading several chapters and an hour or so later. I loved the fact that the sisters were talking about old times and that despite their ages, they are still up for a laugh and in a way I sensed that they wanted to grow old disgracefully, which sounds like a plan to me! I couldn’t turn the pages of the story quickly enough as I raced my way to the end of the book. I found ‘Sisters Behaving Badly’ to be a delight to read. It was a fun and light hearted book, which was the perfect ‘pick me up’ tonic that I needed.
‘Sisters Behaving Badly’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Maddie Please. Maddie has one of those easy going writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading one of Maddie’s books feels more like a chat between friends rather than reading an actual book. I hope that makes sense. Maddie clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in the way in which she describes them in the book. She describes her characters so realistically and vividly that they seem just as real as you and I. I also love the way in which Maddie makes the reader feel as if they are part of the story themselves and at the heart of the action so to speak.
In short, I absolutely loved reading ‘Sisters Behaving Badly’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Maddie’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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Thank you Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the digital ARC in return for my honest review. 
I’ve enjoyed a few Boldwood books in the past that’s similar to this. But, this book just wasn’t there for me. I kept putting it down and picking it back up but, I just couldn’t get into.
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Jenny and Kitty are typical of so many sisters who let small quarrels and perceived slights push each other away. The reality is, do we really know what is going on in each other's lives? This is a lovely, bittersweet book that is full of laughter and tears.
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Great story of two very different sisters in their sixties inheriting a very rundown farmhouse in France when they are not even speaking to each other!  A lovely humorous book that keeps your interest throughout with great characters and I loved to see their interaction with each other.... sisters!
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Very funny and refreshing story of two sisters, Kitty and Jenny, who have hilarious adventures. Set in France at a farmhouse that is pretty much falling apart. The sisters learn to make the most of their relationship and discover that having fun and "being bad" isn't all bad.
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I really loved this book … from the rural French setting and lovable characters to the genuine dynamics and relationships between them.

I appreciate that this story was told from the perspective of the “wild” sister because so often I feel that the narrator or protagonist in these types of stories tend to be the “quiet, reserved” sister who only witnesses the antics of the crazier one. 

This is a love story of self love, love between family and romantic love. The story also includes a later-in-life realization that maybe one deserves better than the status quo and I liked that a lot. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!
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I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this bright, sunny cover other than the fact it featured two sisters reuniting at an inherited house. I was hoping for humour and heartwarming content and I certainly got some of that.

Kitty and Jenny haven’t spoken for years but when they both inherit a farmhouse in France from their aunt, they’re forced to reunite. Now in their sixties, the sisters are now tasked with fixing up the farmhouse which is a mess. Chickens run riot in the garden, the pool needs restoring and there are copious amounts of paintings in the attic which no one knows what to do with. Kitty is determined to have fun, which is amped up when French builder Leo comes to work on the house. Jenny is just happy to be away from overbearing husband Paul and is on a mission to reunite with her son while she’s in France. Can the sisters repair the house and their relationship?

Jenny and Kitty bicker a lot and I couldn’t help but smile at that. Even when they’re well into later life, siblings never stop picking holes in each other and there’s something deeply comforting in that knowledge. They felt like very real sisters and despite the fact they’ve not spoken for years, there is an undeniable love underneath the arguments. I had no doubt that they’d find each other again.

I loved listening to them reminisce about their childhood and shared memories because I knew that this would be what fixed their fractured relationship. I felt like I really got to know them through this too and I would have loved more of these funny asides to the main plot.

Kitty has been married three times but has no children and she seems to have a lot of regrets about that. I felt her sadness whenever she began to wonder how different her life would be, if she’d been a mother. I know that women like Kitty exist and like her, they do what they can with a life that they didn’t necessarily want or plan. Ultimately, we can only do the best we can with what fate deals us and not live a bitter, tiny life when it doesn’t give us the things we hoped for.

There is some lovely, warm, British humour in it and that felt like a wonderful cuddle. Kitty has a charming eccentricity and Jenny has become a downtrodden wife to the controlling Paul, so I loved both of them in different ways. Kitty provided the laughs and Jenny became the cause to big up and help.

Rural France is depicted as a sun-kissed, quiet escape from the rest of the world. Kitty and Leo go to a village market and it’s everything that I’d expect a local French market to be. I love stories set in these little, secluded communities because there’s something a bit special and romantic about them. Maddie Please definitely did a great job of creating a setting that I wanted to spend time in and explore.

I wanted more from the plot. There were times in the narrative where nothing much was happening and I was just willing the story to pick up. I also think that most of the French characters were quite stereotypical, so it would have been nice to have more of a variety of personalities.

Sisters Behaving Badly is a bright, fun read that slowly meanders to a revelation that emerging from comfort zones is always a good idea. It’s about family, fixing what was broken, second chances and finding true happiness. It’s escapist and quirky, so if that’s what you need this winter, pick it up!
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Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and Boldwood Books for an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for my review.
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A side-splittingly hilarious romp perfect for losing yourself in on a cold winter day, Maddie Please’s delightful new novel Sisters Behaving Badly is gold-plated escapism at its finest.

Kitty and Jenny might be sisters, but they couldn’t be more different. The two of them haven’t spoken for quite some time after a disastrous Carvery lunch, but might an unexpected inheritance force them to put their differences aside and repair their fragmented relationship? Not bloody likely! While Kitty thinks Jenny needs to live a little and stop acting like an old maid, Jenny reckons that her sister needs to stop being so immature and grow up!

The sisters think that in France they are going to find a beautiful house straight out of an interiors magazine, but the reality is far different. The farmhouse is a wreck, the garden is completely dominated by a flock of feral chickens and they seem to have inherited a donkey with serious gastrointestinal problems. But it’s not all doom and gloom in France…

As fun-loving Kitty begins flirting up a storm with handsome French builder Leo, Jenny discovers a fully-stocked cellar that she is keen to get to know better. Under the dizzying French skies, the sisters decide to draw a line under the past and start living life to the full.

Guaranteed to brighten up your mood and make you scream with laughter, Sisters Behaving Badly is a wonderfully funny, highly engaging and hard to put down tale full of charm and wit I couldn’t resist lapping up. Maddie Please knows how to write feel-good women’s fiction that always hits the spot and in Sisters Behaving Badly, she has penned a terrific novel about the ties that bind. growing old disgracefully and living it up where the pages simply turn themselves.

Hard to put down and a joy from beginning to end, Maddie Please’s Sisters Behaving Badly is not to be missed.
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I DNF'd after reading only 15 pages. It was not for me. I was not a fan of the writing style and I just wasn't feeling like I HAD to know what was going to happen next
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