Back of the book :
The Chamberlain family used to be close.
Charlie and Daphne were happily married, and their children Laura, Scott and Nick were inseparable. But then, inevitably, the children grew up and their own messy lives got in the way.
Since Daphne died, Charlie can’t help but think about happier times for the Chamberlain family – before his children drifted apart. His wife was the family’s true north, and without her guidance, Charlie fears his kids have all lost their direction.
For his eightieth birthday, all Charlie wants is to bring his family together again. And by some miracle, they’ve all said yes.
So, for the first time in a long time, the Chamberlains are going on a family holiday.
It’s only ten days . . . how bad could it be?
What I think :
When Daphne planned a holiday for the family for Charlie’s eightieth birthday all those years ago, of course she expected to be there to celebrate his milestone birthday. But sadly Daphne died and feeling a little bit rudderless without her, Charlie decides to arrange the holiday in a hope that all the family will be together again and make some more happy memories. They all seem to be a little bit lost, Nick lost his own wife about a year ago and is still in a lot of grief and struggling to bring up three children alone, Laura is going through a bad divorce and has other important stuff going on as well and Scott has just got married to the perfect wife but he thinks that maybe his family don’t quite see her the way he does ….
So off they all go on a lovely holiday in a country house in the cotswolds. Will this holiday bring them together or push them further apart … ?
This is a very lovely story of family life and all the ups and downs that involves.
Packed with fabulous characters, the story ebbs and flows with happy and sad moments. I really liked this book and loved the way that we are introduced to the characters individually before the story starts properly so we get a snap shot into their lives and we get too know them a bit before ‘The family Holiday’
All in all a brilliant book that I absolutely loved. I would usually say that this is one to take with you on your holidays but as the pause button has been pushed on that particular activity right now, I’ll just say you need to read this one as its fab !!!
I give this book a well earned 9/10. (5 Stars)
Published by Penguin Random House on 25/06/2020
The biggest Thank You to Ella Watkins from Penguin for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.