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The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives [Kindle Edition]

Jane Costello
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'Funny, sexy and moving - a hilarious holiday romp with a heart. I loved it' Sophie Kinsella
Three best friends. One five-star hotel. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime . . .?
Imogen and her friends Meredith and Nicola have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6 a.m. offensives for a space by the pool.
So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in unapologetic luxury.
But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts back home, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan, while soothing a hysterical boss and hunting down an AWOL assistant.
Between a robbery, a run-in with hotel security staff and an encounter on a nudist beach that they'd all rather forget, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next. At least Imogen has a distraction in the form of the gorgeous guy who's always in the right place at the very worst time. Until, that is, his motives start to arouse a few suspicions . . .
Hilarious and heart-warming by turns, The Time of Our Lives is Jane Costello at her romantic best.
Praise for Jane Costello:
'Jane Costello is one of our favourite authors' Cosmopolitan
'Close the doors, open a bottle of wine, get out the chocs and enjoy this wonderfully witty read. Jane Costello at her best' Milly Johnson
'Packed with likeable characters and witty one-liners' Sunday Mirror
'Riotous … thoroughly enjoyable and laugh-out-loud hilarious' Heat
'A must-read - lots of laugh-out-loud moments' Glamour
'A real page-turner' Woman

About the Author

Jane Costello is the Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author of six novels including Bridesmaids and All The Single Ladies, which is shortlisted for this year's RNA Romantic Comedy award. Jane was a full-time journalist before she became an author, working on titles including the Liverpool Echo (where she started as a graduate trainee), the Daily Mail, and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor for almost five years. Jane wrote her first novel, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave and, as well as becoming a bestseller, it was a Heatseeker number one and nominated for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. She followed that up with The Nearly-Weds, which won the RNA's Romantic Comedy award in 2010. Jane's books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives with her three young sons and boyfriend Mark in Liverpool, where she is currently working on her seventh book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471129233
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (27 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Take three very different women, send them on holiday to a luxury hotel in Barcelona, add in a pregnancy, a sexy Journalist, a P.R nightmare, and a plethora of mix-ups, unfortunate incidents and comedic anecdotes and you have basically got The Time of our Lives.

Jane Costello has written a book of the type I adore, where you can't help but laugh, whether you are on the bus, at the station or sitting in a coffee shop minding your own business. I felt strangely proud that my obvious amusement bought a smile to the faces of several of the patrons in the coffee shop I was sitting in as there is nothing better than making someone else smile in my opinion.

Imogen, Meredith and Nicola have been friends forever and have always managed to squeeze in the odd girls-only holiday over the years. Although they have usually been of the budget Marbella or camping type in the past. Meredith is 7 Months pregnant and has won a holiday to the exclusive B Hotel in Barcelona and as her swansong before motherhood she takes her two best-friends along with her to enjoy a relaxing, 5 Star Luxury break.

I really don't know where to start when it comes to all of the things I loved about this book. Told from Imogen's POV there is a deeper and more serious story being told as the book progresses, and although I did cry my eyes out when it is fully revealed, I still felt like I was reading a book that contained laughter and fun on every page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The time of our lives 5 May 2014
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Imogen and two girl pals are heading off on a long-planned beach holiday in Barcelona. Imogen has a four-year-old girl at home and she's still hung up on the guy who left her with this baby on the way. Her boss asks her to leave the phone on, just in case. One of her friends is seven months pregnant and the other girl is out and proud.

Cue calamities galore, which are funny at first but come to feel tedious. How many times do people actually fall over, overload their plate and tip it on top of someone, have a non-working bath in a pricey hotel? One or two calamities per trip might cover it but Imogen finds they just keep coming. Her boss has a work disaster which requires her input and she turns out to be extremely unprofessional. Even for someone on holiday.

There's a handsome man in the offing, Henry, and he seems a decent, intelligent type, but maybe Imogen's business crisis means she shouldn't be speaking to him. I would have liked to see more of the gay girl but the expectant mother takes up a lot of the pages.

This is a light enough read with a serious side as Imogen's obsession with her past love is revealed in stages. By the end she has learned more about herself and come to realise that her girl's first day at school might be more important than a business meeting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read! 5***** 3 May 2014
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This book was the first I have read by Jane Costello and I honestly thought it was absolutely brilliant from start to finish, I didn't want to put it down and well, I didn't. I read it from cover to cover skipping vital housework duties and purposely ignored phone calls because I wanted to read to the very end.
What I loved the most is that there wasn't just laugh out loud moments, I laughed so much at one point I was literally in tears, however the comedy aside it also touches on a more sensitive, heartbreaking and emotional journey and with that you feel nothing but empathy and compassion for Imogen the whole way through.
As a lover of authors such as Jojo Moyes, Jenny Colgan and Fiona Gibson, this read is way up at the top and I will be recommending this book to all I know. It was my first book by Jane but won't be my last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 7 April 2014
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Sometimes along comes a book that you just want to devour and not put down, that is until you sense you're getting near to the end and you slow up, limiting your time as you can't bare to finish it. Well without a doubt this was one of those books. I could have happily continued in the lives of Imogen and Harry, Meredith and Nic for so much longer, some parts made be literally laugh out loud and it really was a great story, sadly though, like all good things, it came to an end and now I start the long wait til the next Jane Costello book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 5 April 2014
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another great book by jane Costello. have read them all and will await the next. funny, heartwarming and an easy read. couldn't put it down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh, cry and enjoy 5 April 2014
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Ok I am a tad emotional ATM and there are a few sad bits along the way but the laughs win through. I spluttered tea at a few points. But this is a story of friends standing together and supporting each other. Three women face their fears together and find different kinds of Lloyd and acceptance at the end. Each of Jane Costello's books adds another level to her writing. Read and enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, funny and a perfect holiday read! 5 April 2014
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Jane Costello is a lovely fluid writer, the words just glide seamlessly over the pages making reading her novels a truly effortless experience. She has a good sense of wit and ingenuity making all her characters believable and identifiable. Love her humour; one of the best writers for me of enjoyable funny novels is Sophie Kinsella and having read all her novels I truly believed no one would come close to the connection she has with readers; Jane Costello is the exception.

I managed to read this book in record time given that I am not on holiday sitting by a pool I read it in 3 days which is by my standards of evenings and weekends quite a feat. The story is basically about three friends, very different and individual; they have holidayed in the past together on budget cheap holidays, had to rough it but had fun together
so when one of the trio wins a competition for a luxury holiday in Barcelona they jump at the chance to have a week of luxury together. Since their last holiday together years previously the girls lives have moved on, Imogen has a daughter Florence who is just about to start school, Meredith is 7 months pregnant with her first child and Nicky is battling her own problems of getting her parents to accept her partner Jessica is in her life for good. Add to the mix a very sexy Journalist Harry, a boss with impossibly hilarious situations like when Imogen goes into a pharmacist and buys what she thinks is foot cream and it turns out to be Thrush cream and you begin to get a flavour of this wacky funny read.

There are some really poignant parts to this novel, deeper insights into the sometimes sad character of Imogen and all she has had to go through in her life but it is essentially a celebration of friendship, new beginnings and happy endings.
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