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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2014
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
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. The characters themselves were very straightforward in the sense that it easy to understand their identities and personalities, and so for me, I knew instantly who I liked, and who I didn't warm to as much. Even though I didn't like some characters, their actions and personalities had me engrossed throughout.

I really enjoyed the setting of Cornwall, it was one of my favourite elements of the book. The setting was captured perfectly, and was the perfect setting for such a realistic story. The Holiday Home is a very well-written and enjoyable book, full of bold characters and a brilliant plot line. The Holiday Home would be a wonderful accompaniment to a summer holiday, for a beach read or even just for relaxing with at home. I would highly recommend this, and I truly hope Fern Britton writes more novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2013
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
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. Tragedy brought them all together, but I still think that no matter what happened once I had finished the last page of the book they would continue to goad each other and never be truly happy. It made me a bit sad.

When a 'celeb' writes novels, normally after they have written their 'story' it is with some scepticism that readers and reviewers alike embrace them. I have read Fern's first novel and was suitable impressed although she had clearly drawn on her own experiences in the media for it. This book was completely different, you can see she has had to work hard at it, to get it to be a page turner. It would make a great holiday read but it should not be criticised for that, we all need a bit of down time even when reading and this book would be ideal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I read Fern's first book, hidden treasures, last year and I liked it. I didn't realise she had a new one out till I saw this and thought I'd give it a go. I really love the cover. It's so simple and effective and I like the fact it's not shiny like a lot of hardbacks.

The story follows Connie and Pru, daughters of wealthy game manufacturers, Henry. Throw in a philandering husband (or should that be 2?) and a holiday home in Cornwall. Pru and Connie are complete opposites and its not long before tensions arise. Plus Henry is hiding a secret that he doesn't want his girls to know about...

I instantly loved this book. It starts with a flashback to the past and it really sets the story up well. Cornwall is described so well and I could picture the house. It's perfect as a summer holiday read - we're going to Cornwall in August and I can't wait now!

There is a more serious ending to the book so it's not all sweetness and light. I didn't guess Henry's secret either and it was quite a shock!

It wasn't quite five stars as there were mistakes - my bugbear! Timeframes seemed to get mixed up and at one point Abi asks what they are having for tea. Connie replies that Dorothy has made shepherds pie and then Francis starts asking everyone if lamb chops are ok?! It needed closer editing.

If it hadn't had the mistakes, which I just can't forgive in a professionally published book, then this would have been 5 stars. Still an excellent read which I would highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book couldn't put it down I bought it to read while on holiday in cornwall where we go every year .this book makes you feel you are there in the house overlooking the Atlantic ocean .but the core of the book is about the family and all the surprises that are in store for them .well written .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2013
A twisting turning family tale and we all know families love em or not! Easy to pick up and put down a perfect summer read. The question is . . is there a real Atlantic House - I am going to enjoy searching the Cornish coast to find out!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2013
Excellent book, Fern has a way of putting you in the story - would recommend it to anyone who wants a good holiday read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good easy read and you can picture this family and where Atlantic house is and in the story it just has an extra wee twist in it too,which I did,nt have a clue about at first !! very clever........loved the book and will recommend it as a read.
I have also read the other two books and liked them both which is why I bought this one....good going Fern
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