The Holiday Home

Firstly, I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me an advance copy of ‘The Holiday Home’. In all honesty, had they not done so, I’m not entirely sure that it is a book I would necessarily have chosen myself. Well…big HOORAYS and HURRAHS that they did, because this is a fabulous story that was an absolute delight and pleasure to read.

The Carew family own Atlantic House, a beautiful holiday home with a sea-front location and private path to the beach in the wonderfully idyllic Cornwall…Y

Firstly, I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me an advance copy of ‘The Holiday Home’. In all honesty, had they not done so, I’m not entirely sure that it is a book I would necessarily have chosen myself. Well…big HOORAYS and HURRAHS that they did, because this is a fabulous story that was an absolute delight and pleasure to read.The Carew family own Atlantic House, a beautiful holiday home with a sea-front location and private path to the beach in the wonderfully idyllic Cornwall…YES, I want to go there right now too!!! However, all is not perfect in the little village of Treviscum Bay. Whilst we learn of a tragic history to the property very early on in the book, it is the complicated relationships and dynamics within the Carew family that take centre stage, in particular the festering and totally authentic sibling feud between the two sisters, Prudence and Constance.Prudence, a hard-nosed businesswoman, is used to getting exactly as she wants and has the perfect walkover husband in the form of Francis to pander to her each and every need. Constance, on the other hand, is homely and loving, and willing to do anything for anybody. Totally devoted to her husband, Greg,

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who she adores and worships, she is blatantly unaware of his philandering tendencies and totally selfish demands.Every year, they all descend together to Atlantic House for the whole summer, annually tolerating (just about!) each other’s company, and trying to play at happy families for the sake of their parents. But the rivalry between Pru and Connie appears to have grown too intense this time, and with the constant competition between the pair being tested in more ways than one, it’s no surprise that this becomes a summer that will change the Carew family forever.And if you think I’m going to give you anymore, you’re wrong! As tempting as it is to spill the many wonderful elements that make this book so great, I simply can’t spoil it for you. Turning every page desperate to discover the next turn of events was one of the best parts of the reading ‘The Holiday Home’ and it’s one that I want every reader to relish in as much as I did.

This book is an incredibly easy story to read and you’ll be finishing it before you know it. There’s no nonsense when it comes to the characters either. I was instantly able to picture each individual and determine who I felt sympathy for, and who I found utterly unpleasant! It is very candid in its details of the ins and outs of a somewhat dysfunctional family, which I’m sure many readers will be able to relate to. And with all the arguments, the secrets, the romance, the lies, the history and the terrible tragedies that unfold, the way that the book superbly depicts Cornwall, and it’s beauty, simply make it a captivating package of brilliance that you’ll quickly become engrossed in. Congratulations Fern Britton!

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