I always enjoy books that bring together a cast of characters, all with their own stories, in a particular location where we can watch them interact. This is that kind of book, in the best tradition of Veronica Henry and Lucy Diamond, and it’s a really lovely read.
Your heart aches for Emma. Her new husband Tom is a prat of the first order, spending his honeymoon in bed long after his travel sickness passes, on a Greek island when he doesn’t like the heat – and don’t we all, like Emma, drink a few too many and behave a little silly when we’re on holiday? She could be a younger version of any of us, but hopefully none of us would have made her life choices. Winston and Melissa were slightly more one-dimensional early on – and not particularly likeable – but they fleshed out nicely as the novel progressed, as did their children from hell and Melissa’s obnoxious former husband. Rosie is thoroughly lovely, as is her teenage son – I couldn’t quite understand her attraction to the Greek fisherman, but I guess we all have a bit of Shirley Valentine in us somewhere. The Greek island setting is perfectly drawn, and the writing is really excellent, with the dialogue done especially well. There’s plenty of humour, but a few opportunities to shed a tear too. The “true honeymoon” quotes that started each chapter were a really lovely addition, with some real horror stories.
I’ve recommended so many books for your sunlounger now that you’d really need a separate suitcase, but this book would really be a perfect choice. A lovely light and enjoyable read – I loved it.
Janey Fraser always dreamed of writing novels in a country cottage with lots of children, a dog and a pony. Unbelievably, most of her dreams were answered although not without some rather large hiccups along the way! After a career in women’s magazines interviewing celebrities like Julie Walters and Nigel Havers, Janey wrote several non-fiction books about childcare including ‘Tidy Your Room; How to get kids to do what you want’. Unfortunately, she has never quite succeeded in doing that with her own three. She has also written a series of children’s books, including ‘When Mum Was Little’ and ‘When Gran Was Little’.