When I first started this book I admit that I was worried about not being able to relate to the main character who was in her fifties, because I hadn't got there myself yet. Well I'm pleased to say that it wasn't an issue at all - I grew very fond of Amanda and thanks to the clear writing style I was easily able to understand where she was coming from.
It did take me a little while to fully engage with the storyline but once I did I was hooked, from then on I found it easy to sail through the pages with laughter and a smile on my face. The blog posts and comments were definitely my favourite part of the book, I just loved the familiarity of it especially when DizzyC popped up - I actually shouted `yay it's Dizzy' which resulted in a raised eyebrow from my husband (he still doesn't really understand my obsession with fiction, bless him).
So as the blurb has already told you, Amanda and her husband Phil were on a tour of Europe and they both seemed to feel differently about the situation - Amanda saw it as a way of rekindling their love for one another but Phil, who was feeling troubled about other parts of his life, seemed to be annoyed by the whole thing. The author tackled the subject of marriage gone stale perfectly, it was written in a light and refreshing way but still managed to get the message across. I personally loved the idea of having a gap year and would be keen to do something similar in the future (though I'm not sure about being stuck in a camper van with my husband for a year either)!
Amanda's ex Todd was lurking in the background, he felt like Amanda was the one that got away and seemed intent on getting her back. I just couldn't predict how this part of the story would turn out and I must admit that I enjoyed the unknown. Amanda's mother was hugely entertaining and I absolutely loved reading about her antics, the mother and daughter Skype chats were a particular favourite of mine because I found myself comparing them to FaceTime chats with my own mum . I loved the dogs that were featured in the story, being an animal lover I always enjoy a book with a pet or two included - it makes a story whole in my opinion!
Being mostly set in France it gave me a warm holiday type feeling which was very welcome seeing as it was snowy and freezing cold outside my window. However, when the story took a sinister turn I got chills and felt deeply concerned for the character involved - it certainly made me think more about the darker side of social media.
Towards the end there was an interesting and very clever twist, it made my thoughts go in completely the wrong direction - the end result of this really made me smile and finished everything off beautifully.
This was a fun read that took my mind to many interesting places, it doesn't matter if you're facing fifty or not because there was something for everyone within its pages.