Friday, 5 June 2020

The Staycation by Michele Gorman

Today I am sharing with you my review of this fantastic, hilarious and heartwarming new release from Michele Gorman. Thank you to the Orion Publishing group for my copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Book Description
Two families. One cancelled flight. And a last minute house swap...
Things get desperate for strangers Harriet and Sophie when they become stranded with their families in Heathrow's Terminal 5. Each woman has her own reason for really really really needing the family holiday they've anticipated for months. But Iceland's volcano has other plans for them. When their flights are cancelled, the families swap houses and discover that sometimes the best things in life happen close to home.
This ash cloud has a silver lining, even if no one can quite see it yet.
For fans of Sarah Morgan and Sue Moorcroft.

My Review
Harriet and her family are sat at Heathrow Airport waiting to board their plane taking them to Rome. This is a holiday that is much needed by the family and Harriet is hoping to reconnect with her husband too. 
Things are not going to plan however as the flight is currently delayed. 
Sophie and her family are due to board the same flight and head away too. Sophie is looking forward for the chance to relax for a week and take her husband away for a much needed break. 
Sophie and Harriet begin to chat as they find themselves sat alongside each other awaiting news on their flight. 
They all soon find out that due to a Volcanic eruption in Iceland there is a huge ash cloud and all flights in Europe have been grounded. 
Both Harriet and Sophie are devastated by the news as this means no holidays for either of them. 
That is until Harriet has the idea of the families doing a house swap instead. They will spend two weeks in each others houses.
Both of the families agree so they head off to their new homes. 
What follows is the adventures both families have in each others homes, and as Harriet and Sophie get to know each other more they also begin to learn more about themselves. 
Could this become more than the break away they all needed?
This is such a brilliant, hilarious and uplifting read and one I could not put down.
The characters of Harriet and Sophie are both very different and under normal circumstances would never normally have become friends.
 It is when the two of them begin to chat on the phone that they realise just how much they might have in common and how much they could help each other out. 
Harriet is a strong character that is used to being the one to control her family and organise them all just the way she thinks they should be. This is not always what is best for her family though.
Sophie is not such a strong person and relies heavily on her husband. As you get to know Sophie you realise however that things might not what they seem. 
The writing style of this book flows well and really keeps you absorbed page after page. 
The experiences both Harriet and Sophie have are very different too and at times will really have you laughing out loud. There are also some times where you realise just how difficult the lives of Sophie and Harriet can be. 
There is a great cast of supporting characters within the book who also have an impact on both of their lives and become part of each others lives. 
This is a brilliant read and one you will not be disappointed you purchased. 

Published by Trapeze on 1st June 2020

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About the Author
Michele is a USA Today bestselling author and has sold more than 450,000 copies globally across all formats, with seven novels published by Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. She was born in the US and now makes London home, writing comedies under her own name and cosy rom-coms as Lilly Bartlett.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, and I hope you enjoyed my review. 

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