The Staycation by Michele Gorman #BookReview #Orion #NetGalley #4.5*


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The Staycation


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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.


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Fun  &  Entertaining!      stars 4.5


A lovely happy read from an author who has her finger on the pulse of her characters!

Two women, both with families, have been looking forward – desperately – to their holiday so when the volcanic ash cloud interferes with their flights it seems like the last straw. Sitting in the airport with husbands and children, they see their precious anticipated break disappearing into the ether .. until, they realise that each has what the other dreams of at home. And so the idea of a house swap materialises and very quickly becomes reality.

I love the very idea of this book; making the best of things – it’s what we all do, isn’t it? Harriet gets the city break she has been so looking forward to, with culture and good restaurants on her doorstep whilst Sophie heads to an amazing home in a country village with an all important spa nearby. As different as these women are, their husbands are too and getting to know them all makes for fascinating reading. Things aren’t always what they seem  . . . just like real life! Michele Gorman has created a wonderful story, both fun and entertaining but never predictable. I’m a real fan of this author – she always delivers a great read. I’m very happy to recommend this novel, and give it 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for both my copy and my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: romantic comedy


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Author Bio


Michele Gorman


Michele writes comedies packed with lots of heart, best friends and girl power. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and now making London her home.

Michele also writes cosy comedies under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

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