It’s a pleasure to be sharing my review for The Staycation by Michele Gorman today. Many thanks to Alainna from Orion Books for the opportunity to join the blog tour and for my e-copy of the book for review via NetGalley.
About the book
If you’re looking for a great summer read then this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a book that will help you take you’re mind off current events, lift your spirits and just give you a bit of escapism then this is the book for you.
When the ash cloud puts an end to Harriets holiday to say she’s disappointed would be an understatement. She’s had everything planned, she’s over planned even and this holiday was her chance to get her family back on track and possibly even her marriage.
Sophie and her family were booked on the same flight and Sophie is devastated, she was looking forward to a holiday where she could truly relax and possibly spend some time with her workaholic husband.
When the two family’s meet and start talking, Harriet suggests a house swap, Harriet and her family live in the countryside where the local village even has a spa, perfect for Sophie. Sophie and her family live in London near to the hustle and bustle where there’s plenty going on, perfect for Harriet.
What then follows is a story of self discovery really, Sophie is a stay at home mum, husband Dan works and brings in the money and Sophie has lost herself over the years. Harriet is what you might call a bit of a control freak, she has to have everything planned and knows what’s best for her family.
I really liked Sophie, I instantly took to her and although I didn’t dislike Harriet I didn’t really warm to her to start with. As the chapters alternate between the two women I got to know more about them and Harriet began to grow on me and I loved seeing the changes in them. They are two very different characters who would probably never have become friends if it weren’t for the ash cloud.
The Staycation is a story that flows so well, you completely get lost in the words. The characters all feel so real that it was almost like reading about friends. I laughed and went through all the emotions with them and I have to say it was a total joy to read. From the first page i was hooked and I ended up just devouring this story. It’s defiantly recommended by me.