Family Baggage Paperback – 1 May 2005
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'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next.' (Cosmopolitan)
'Big-hearted family saga.' (The Daily Express) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
A funny, warm and moving novel of family secrets, dilemmas and dynamics from the bestselling author of The Alphabet Sisters. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I can not emphasise how much I absolutely LOVE this book. It has romance, mystery, humour, family - it can make you smile, cry and laugh.
Once again, McInerney has outdone herself with this absolutely beautiful novel. I can not wait to read the next novel.
*** I found this story to be a very good distraction for a rainy afternoon or a sleepless night. It has drama, but runs much like a soap opera. A few of the flashbacks are a bit long, but none are too distracting. You will find no suspense to keep you awake, but you will not be bored and fall asleep either. Pick this novel up for some beach reading or for some light reading as you travel somewhere, but if you want some suspense to keep things lively, reach elsewhere. ***
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
The Turner Travel Agency is based in Australia and although the book flits back to the country and the people Harriet has left behind its focus is on Cornwall. Here Harriet has to take the Willoughby TV tour on her own after her brother James has an accident and her surrogate sister Lara disappears.
We as readers see Harriet go through reliving what led to her nervous breakdown caused by the death of her parents. The introduction of Lara to the Turner family when she was just eight after the death of her parents, the wonderful support of Gloria, Austin the son who broke away from the family business. As well as Melissa, James overbearing, bossy wife who takes the business to another level. All these incidences, anecdotes and stories from the past are told in flashback chapters. McInereny weaves them into the book, so you do not see the join in jumping backwards and forwards but you always know exactly where you are in the story.
As the story unfolds we see the whole Turner family change whether for the better or not is an opinion of each of us who read the book. The suspense is held in wanting to find out why they act and react as they do to the situations they are in.
A book you can get into and lost in. Lost in the descriptions of the scenery of Australia, Cornwall and even Ireland. The author must be well travelled or well researched to cover it all so well. Even down to the possessiveness of those on the Willoughby tour, who believe it all to be real? I felt as a reader I had even watched this series (it is fictitious) as it was all brought to life so effectively. That is what makes this book a good read.
It is always a pleasure to find a different author and I am just going to order some more of her books. Thank goodness she has written quite a few so I have a lot of happy reading hours ahead.
Thanks Monica for your writing
Really well developed BELIEVEABLE characters, a good plot (so far), a fab range of settings from Cornwall to Oz and a bit of mystery. Even the sub-plots are great. Its one of those books that`s hard to put down. I`ll definity be reading more of Monica McInerney`s books. :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this book rather boring. I didn't see it through to the endPublished 5 months ago by Miss S. Evans
A nice gentle read. Felt as though I'd been on a coach tour myself.
The description of Cornwall was spot on. It's one of my favourite places.
Love all her books - think she is an excellent writer. I want to stay up all night reading once I start any of her books.Published on 18 April 2013 by Two Westies
Excellent book enjoyed it very much ! Loved the characters and family ties , made me laugh and cry very emotionalPublished on 6 Jan. 2013 by Barb