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Written by Victoria Cooke




The Holiday Cruise




The high seas are calling!

As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.




The Holiday Cruise Cover




A Truly Lovely Read!    4 stars


This is a lovely rom-com; good characters, nice story and several fabulous locations!

Hannah has been in a state of denial ever since her husband of ten years announced he was leaving. Attempting to pull herself together six weeks on, Hannah discovers that her business has all but folded and life in a small village is too insular. She needs to get away and with her beauty skills, a job on a cruise ship would solve a lot of her problems. In her thirties, Hannah has always had her parents, her sister, her husband to lean on – can she really find the courage to do something just for her?

This is a tale of self-discovery .. and more. For anyone with wanderlust, this book will have you straight online to book tickets to find another life. The locations are absolutely fabulous, and the author makes the very best of each of them. Hannah is making memories on her travels – but will that be enough? Can she return home after this freedom or will she commit to another contract?

This really is a truly lovely read; bit by bit, we get to know Hannah better and although work fills a lot of her time, she does manage to make friends among the other crew members and there’s even a hint of romance. Whether she can ever trust again is a whole other story. An enjoyable read, and it certainly sells a life on board. One to enjoy whilst lying soaking up the sun by the pool! My only criticism is a few errors – words missing or repeated, but I wouldn’t penalise the author for these as it’s hardly her fault.

My thanks to HQ Digital for my copy via NetGalley, and to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me in this Book Birthday Blitz. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1327 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital
  • Publication Date: 15 September 2017
  • Purchase Link: Amazon UK




Meet the Author


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Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym d travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passions for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’, in 2016.


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