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The Holiday Home [Kindle Edition]

Fern Britton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The latest wonderfully witty novel from Britain’s favourite TV presenter, Fern Britton.

This special ebook edition contains exclusive material from Fern: My Cornwall

Two sisters, one house, a lifetime of secrets.

Set on a Cornish cliff, Atlantic House has been the jewel in the Carew family crown for centuries. Each year, the Carew sisters embark on the yearly trip down to Cornwall for the summer holidays, but they are as different and vinegar and honey.

Prudence, hard-nosed businesswoman and married to the meek and mild Francis, is about to get a shock reminder that you should never take anything for granted.

Constance, homemaker and loving wife to philandering husband Greg, has always been out-manoeuvred by her manipulative sibling. But now that Pru wants to get her hands on Atlantic House, Connie is not about to take things lying down.

When an old face reappears on the scene, years of simmering resentments reach boiling point. But little do the women know that a long-buried secret is about to bite them all on the bottom. Can Constance and Pru put their feuding aside for the sake of everyone else, or will this family holiday push them all over the edge?


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“This is a light-hearted, fun and easy read…” Daily Mail

‘Another ripping good read.’ Good Housekeeping

‘Charming and fun read’ OK

Praise for Fern Britton

‘Complicated friendships and tales of a chaotic love life make this a must-read.’ Woman

‘A light-hearted, fun read that perfectly captures the sights and smells of village life.’ Heat

‘Fern Britton has transferred her fun and friendly charm to the page’ Good Housekeeping

Full of warmth and charm with characters that quickly feel like old friends.' Alexandra Brown

About the Author

Fern began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. In 1985 Fern became the presenter of the popular Coast to Coast, which lead to presenting roles on prime time television shows, the most iconic of which was on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Fern's warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef, and her four children in Buckinghamshire.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3959 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (9 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FUFATW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fern began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. In 1985 Fern became the presenter of the popular Coast to Coast, which lead to presenting roles on prime time television shows, the most iconic of which was on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Fern's warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef, and her four children in Buckinghamshire.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, sorry :( 24 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this as I really like Fern and thought it would be a great read and it had so many positive reviews. I hate giving up on a book, but I found it too weak and wishy washy to continue to the end. I kept grumbling out loud on holiday, my husband got fed up with me, so he said don't bother with it then!! I persevered, but half way through was enough. Hopefully someone else enjoyed it as I donated it to the hotel library in Greece, where we were staying. My first book review on here, sorry it has to be a thumbs down. Fern, I still think you are a lovely lady!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I had read Fern Britton's previous novels before and very much liked them, and so I was looking forward to the release of her latest book, The Holiday Home.

The Carew sisters, Pru and Constance are very different from each other. Prudence is a businesswoman who is used to always getting what she wants, and is married to the mild kind-hearted Francis, who is used to being walked over and attending to Prudence's needs. Constance however, is a loving wife to her husband Greg, unaware of his philandering ways. Every year they all holiday at Atlantic house, and as tensions and resentments reach boiling point, this is going to be a summer holiday that will change things...

I really enjoyed this! One thing that I love most about Fern Britton's novels is how easy they are to get into. From the first page I was instantly drawn in and I spent a wonderful afternoon reading...I was so lost in the story that before I knew it a whole afternoon had gone by and I had nearly finished!

I don't want to say too much about it because I don't want to spoil it but this really is a book that will have you turning the pages wanting to find out the next part. I had no trouble getting into the story, and I had absolutely no idea what would happen next. There were a few surprises along the way so I was keenly turning every page wanting to find out where the story would take me. The ending in particular was brilliant and I am so pleased I read this book, I really hope everyone else gives it a try, because I'm sure any readers will thoroughly enjoy it as I have.

The characters were very real, and lifelike which helped the story spring to life and jump from the pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday home 3 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the holiday home and read it within a couple of days enjoyable light weight story set in cornwall, I have to say its not the most intellectual book I've ever read and the writing did leave a little to be desired, but hey, it was a quick read, ideal "round the pool"fodder.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sibling Rivalry on holiday 21 Sept. 2013
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Two sisters are together for their holiday in a house that they have grown up in and been used to, their parents bought it years previously despite its history. They have many memories from the place. there. But the memories are different for both of them.

Pru the more dynamic and driven one as is reflected in her choice of career and rather brow beaten husband. Constance is much more easy going and laid back, loving her life and her husband and daughter. But sibling rivalry was strong when they were young has it changed now that they are adults?

With their husbands and children in tow, you would think that perhaps time has mellowed them. But the childish and petty niggles are still an undercurrent in their relationship. Into that mix are added, teenage friendships and loves which seem to be affecting all members of the family. Then there is the past. It has a terrible habit of washing up on your doorstep when you are least expecting it. And this holiday home set so near the sea in Cornwall it is going to have a dramatic affect. It is not just the changing scenery and weather that makes this a stormy book, the characters are right in the mix of everything.

Jealousy, lost loves, breaking away from your parents, hiding secrets, parties, death and births. This book has it all. I was hooked and whilst I expected some of the outcomes, many were a surprise. I was drawn into disliking Pru and wanting to give her a good slap along with her husband. In contrast the sister's mother and father seemed to be complete opposites and fuelled the warring relationship between the sisters and did nothing to sort it out. That did not seem right to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Haven't read Fern before 'The Holiday Home' and have to say this gentle story with it's gorgeous Cornish setting, sibling rivalry and plot movement between the past and present is actually quite good and certainly perfect holiday reading. I particularly enjoyed the way the story opened up beyond the two principle characters, Pru and Connie, to include other members of the family. Nicely worked and, though I did worry the novel would be overly sweet, there's some shadow and shade in terms of a straying husband, hidden family secrets and a satisfyingly dark ending which add depth. The strongest element of the story is the Cornish background which is described so beautifully you really are transported to the coast and you can clearly see The Holiday Home in your imagination. Not at all bad as a light read and I'm happy to recommend.
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