I’m delighted to be taking part today in the blog tour for The Family Holiday the latest novel by Elizabeth Nobel. Published June 25th.
The Family Holiday
25th June Penguin (Michael Joseph)
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?
A character driven and emotional story of one family and how they deal with loss, grief and personal life changing events. I found myself ‘welling up’ on a few occasions reading this book, but it is a warm, tender and uplifting read, about a family coming back together.
Charlie, father and grandfather, is soon to celebrate his 80th birthday and now that his wife is no longer around to organise, cagoule and gather everyone together, his adult children with families and troubles of their own, have all slightly drifted from the fold.
So on a surprisingly impulsive act he has booked a lovely house in the Cotswolds and invites his 3 children and their families for a 10 day holiday and much to his delight and relief they have all accepted.
The first part of the book wonderfully introduces each character and explains their emotional state and what’s happening to them in their own lives. It gives you a real feel for each of them and an understanding of how they may feel about all coming together and how the death of their mother has left such a huge hole within the family.
The dynamics of everyone once at the holiday house makes for a delightful, engaging and interesting read and the author uses short chapters, focusing on individual family members to give the story a nice flow and pace to the 10 day holiday. I enjoyed the sub plot between Laura and Joe and liked the way it seemed to highlight, in a way, the fact that they were all starting to turn a corner and move on in their lives. All the characters from teenager to octogenarian are well written with warmth and understanding and I found I zoomed through this book, finding it both emotional yet an easy, light summer read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Noble lives in Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Her previous Sunday Times bestsellers include: The Reading Group, which reached Number One, The Friendship Test (formerly published as The Tenko Club), Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, The Girl Next Door, The Way We Were, Between a Mother and her Child, Love, Iris and The Family Holiday. Between a Mother and her Child and Love, Iris were both Richard & Judy Book Club picks. Other People’s Husbands is her tenth novel.
Thank you to the publishers for my proof copy and to Ella Watkins for my stop on the tour. The Family Holiday is available now both in paperback and EBook.
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