Wednesday 21 March 2018

Guest Review: Just For the Holidays by Sue Moorcroft

In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.
Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.
But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…

Review: This is just my second Sue Moorcroft book. Having previously read and enjoyed a story published for Christmas, I decided to read some more of her books. This one attracted my attention particularly due to its colourful and engaging cover. Having been invited in by that and the intriguing synopsis, I started reading and was instantly lost in the story. 

The lady at the centre of this story is Leah, an accomplished cook, chocolate taster by trade and car enthusiast. She is looking forward to her garden leave between jobs relaxing, enjoying the summer weather, and meeting up with best friend and fellow car buff, Scott, from time to time. However, being a devoted sister, she is persuaded instead to accompany her sibling, Michele, and her two teenagers on a month's holiday in France. The gite they have rented has a lovely self-contained annexe to give Leah some privacy, so it shouldn't be all bad. Unfortunately, Leah gets a little more than she bargained for. It's an unbelievably eventful holiday, with teenage problems, divorced and separated couples, mishaps and a shock pregnancy. But then, next door, a rather dishy helicopter pilot, Ronan, is spending his holiday with his teenage son. Could there be the promise of a holiday romance for Leah?

I found this a compelling story. Once started, I really didn't want to put it down. Just when you think that all has been sorted out for the characters, something else comes along. I found myself gasping in amazement a few times. Leah is an amazing person; she was so put upon by Michele and her family, but she soldiered on through the many situations they imposed on her. I really enjoyed Leah's interactions with the teenagers in the story. However, I found Michele just plain irritating. I could not believe what she expected from Leah. 

In summary, I would recommend this book to anyone. It would make lovely summer reading, but I'm sure would entertain at any time of the year. I'm looking forward now to my next Sue Moorcroft book. 

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