Book Review: Dancing Over the Hill by @CathyHopkins1 @fictionpubteam


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When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it’s time to hide the remote…
Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid; an inspiration to others; stuck together like glue – aren’t they?
But Cait can’t shake off the feeling that something is missing. They are fit and healthy, if a bit skint – but the whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, giving them the time to do those things that really matter – and more importantly – together. So why is she left wondering if this is all there is? Has Matt always been this annoying and infuriating? And where have those ants-in-her-pants suddenly come from?
It’s not helped by the reappearance in her life of Tom Lewis, the love of her life who broke her heart at university and who, despite the fact she hasn’t she hasn't seen him for decades, is still exerting his magnetic pull.
Her friends are Lorna, who recently lost her husband, and Debs whose husband recently left her. The three women must all question what they want out of the rest of their lives – and how they are going to get it…


I discovered Dancing Over the Hill through a Netgalley email from Harper Collins. I was looking for a change from all the crime fiction and psychological thrillers I'd been reading. All I can say is I am so glad I didn't pass this gem up and I will be purchasing Cathy's previous book ASAP.

What immediately endeared me towards Dancing Over the Hill were the two main characters, Cait and Matt. They weren't young, success hungry go-getters as is typical of this genre. They both are in their 60's and facing retirement while wondering, "Is this all there is?" 

Matt has lost his job, the only thing he's ever felt good at. He find's it difficult to fill in his time and feels like a nuisance around the house. Cait, on the other hand, is used to her alone time, filling her days with choir practice, yoga, and lunches with friends. She finds it difficult to make time for her newly unemployed husband and is completely unimpressed with his lazing about the house in his dressing gown.

I think I loved this book so much because I could really relate to the characters. Like Cait, I love to be organised and I adore a good to-do list. I also saw similar struggles in my own house when my dad lost his job and struggled to find his place in the house as he searched for a new one. All I'll say is Cathy has captured the reality of retirement-the good and the bad!

As for the writing and structure, no complaints there. The characters are well rounded and authentic. Each character (even the secondary ones) felt well researched and developed, like the had a past before the reader opened this particular chapter in their lives. 

There are no major twists and turns in Dancing Over the Hill, and that's not a bad thing. The familiarity of the story actually allowed me to get sucked in. This really is a comfort read. That doesn't mean it's dull though. I loved every page of this book and laughed out loud more than once. I genuinely didn't want it to end. 

Dancing Over the Hill is a solid, enjoyable 5-star read.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

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