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One of our Books of the Year 2015.
James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother, a famous opera singer, lends him her chateau in France for a month. Out go James, his wife Flora, their two teenage daughters and boyfriends, James’ elderly father, two of his sisters, Flora’s zany mother and a French boyfriend and Flora’s ex-fiancé, now with one of her sister-in-laws. Chaos. Flora does not cope well but family secrets come out and wounds are healed. This is terrific. The sparks between mother and teenage daughter, the feelings of seeing an old flame and the general family dynamics are incredibly well drawn. Great stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
When Flora, James and their two teenage daughters are offered the holiday of a lifetime in a chateau in the south of France in return for one simple good deed, they jump at the chance. They exchange the confines of Clapham, the weight of the mortgage and anxieties over their future for a blissful break. But Flora didn't anticipate a mysterious guest and a whole heap of family baggage coming too. With James developing a schoolboy crush on a famous singer and Flora distracted by ghosts from her past, their dream holiday suddenly takes some very unexpected turns.
Closing date: 28/02/2019
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'Warm, witty, easy to read... a thoroughly engaging, entertaining read' Daily Mail
'A breezy, comic, summery romp that will appeal to fans of Jilly Cooper' Sunday Mirror
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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