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A Proper Family Holiday

by Chrissie Manby

Part of the Proper Family Series

eBooks of the Month Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on A Proper Family Holiday

Escape your every day reality and join in with some fun in the sun on the Benson's first proper family holiday for 16 years. The story is predominantly told from the viewpoints of the two sisters Chelsea and Ronnie (who haven't spoken for two years). The author has the ability to bring this family to life, she understands the reality, the ups and downs of relationships.  The additional focus on Great-Granddad Bill, sliding into dementia with his social awareness turned firmly to off and 15 year old Sophie feeling the excruciating teenage embarrassment of her elders, really keeps the interest sizzling. Add some romance, stir in a secret wanting freedom, pepper with warring six year olds, add a dash of the gold-digger and there you have it, the perfect recipe for a scrumptious summer read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

A Proper Family Holiday Synopsis

Sisters Chelsea and Ronnie Benson haven't spoken to each other in two years when their mother announces she wants the whole family to go on a week-long holiday in Lanzarote for her sixtieth birthday. Both sisters dread the holiday for different reasons. Sophisticated singleton Chelsea, a fashion journalist, dreads a week in the 'chips with everything' world she left behind when she moved to London. Ronnie, now a mother of two, is feeling fat and frumpy. The last thing she wants is to strip down to a swimsuit alongside her super-thin super-chic sis. The week begins badly and gets worse, as underlying tensions and secrets are exposed. And then their mother drops a bombshell on the group. Will the holiday bring the sisters closer or blow the Benson family apart?

A Proper Family Holiday Press Reviews

Praise for What I Did On My Holidays:


'Manby's novels are made for holidays - light enough to pick up and put down, but entertaining enough to keep you happy by the pool.'

'Smart and entertaining, beach reading doesn't get much better than this!' **** -- Closer


'A gloriously delicious read! ... Packed with warm characters and hilarious situations'


An absolute beaut for the deckchair ... Manby's writing is effortlessly funny, but it's the warmth behind the comedy that kept me glued' -- Saga


'The perfect summer escapist read

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ISBN: 9781444742732
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444742732
Publication date: 5th June 2014
Author: Chrissie Manby
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Chrissie Manby

Chrissie Manby is the author of twenty romantic comedies including A Proper Family Holiday, The Matchbreaker and Seven Sunny Days. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her novel about behaving badly after a break-up, Getting Over Mr Right, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award. Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she ...

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