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Just for the Holidays: Your perfect summer read! by [Moorcroft, Sue]
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Praise for The Christmas Promise:

‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’ Katie Fforde

‘Effortlessly engaging…a magical must!’ Heat

‘A sparkly Christmas love story which had me cheering in the aisles! I want an Ava Bliss hat!’ Julia Williams

About the Author

Award-winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. She’s won a Readers’ Best Romantic Read Award and been nominated for others, including a ‘RoNA’ (Romantic Novel Award). Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its two anthologies.

She also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a creative writing tutor.

The daughter of two soldiers, Sue was born in Germany and went on to spend much of her childhood in Malta and Cyprus. She likes reading, Zumba, FitStep, yoga, and watching Formula 1.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1302 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008175551
  • Publisher: Avon (18 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N1HX0GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A month long holiday in a gite in an idyllic part of France might be anyone’s idea of a perfect break. But not for our heroine Leah. Reluctantly persuaded to join a family holiday with her sister Michelle and her husband – whose marriage is in its death throes, plus their two young children, Leah goes along however its not quite the relaxing time that she envisaged.

Unexpected events mean that Leah goes from being ‘Cool Auntie’ to ‘Deputy Mum’ and for a thirty something singleton by choice who cherishes her independence, this is not what Leah signed up for. I did feel for her, I really did. The thought of being responsible for two quarrelsome teenagers would send me running for the hills, however Leah steps up to the mark admirably. Her cooking skills do help and win her some brownie points; her job as a chef/chocolatier enables her to rustle up a meal in a heartbeat and her chocolate distraction techniques save the day more than once. She has some unexpected distraction in the form of Ronan, the rather handsome next door neighbour and a helicopter pilot no less, who is recuperating following an accident. Ronan has his teenage son Curtis with him and whilst all three teenagers hang out together, they seem to be on a mission to stop Leah and Ronan doing the same!

Don’t get the impression that this is a fluffy rom com; although it is humorous, it has much more depth than that, covering more serious subjects as infidelity, pregnancy, bankruptcy but it also has just a little raunchiness to add to the romantic interest.

Sue Moorcroft has a talent for making her characters engaging or unlikeable (in this case, for me, there were both), but whichever, they are always completely believable and with storylines that reflect issues that could face any family.
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Just for the Holidays is about Leah Beaumont who accompanies her sister, Michele, to France to enjoy a lovely, relaxing, summer basking in the sunshine and lazing around. Well, maybe not so much of the lazing. Or the relaxing. There are three teenagers there too. And Michele's husband - who she is divorcing. Oh, and Michele is pregnant. A surprise pregnancy which she hasn't yet told her children about. Hhmm. Yes, not quite what Leah signed up for.

Not only did she not sign up for it, she didn't expect that she would end up trying to hold it all together and stop everything from totally falling apart. But, hang on, that next door neighbour - yes, the pilot....a very handsome pilot.....well, might he help distract Leah from the drama of her family and allow her a little bit of fun?

This is the first Sue Moorcroft book I have read but I can definitely see why they are so popular and why she has such a loyal fan base. I was struck by the energy of the storyline. The balance between character development, action and plot is well judged so it is well paced and speeds along but, unlike Leah's driving, there is enough time to take in the scenery around you and build definite pictures of all the characters who fall and crash through the pages.

Leah is our protagonist and she is very likeable. We empathise with her and admire her tolerance, patience and persistence with her sister and her nephews and nieces. I think a lot of readers will relate to her and she offers a more grounded perspective against her sister's antics. Well, most of the time. When she's not speeding or the few other things she does that reveal a slightly more unexpected side of her character!

Michele made me smile.
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Having read all of Sue Moorcroft's other books, I was looking forward to Just For The Holidays with great anticipation. Happily, having devoured it in a few sittings over just two days, I can safely say it was everything I could have wished for... and more. The cover is gorgeous and gives a lovely taster of the contents inside, and Sue's descriptive writing style made me feel like I was on summer holiday too. The storyline - independent and very single Leah helping out with her sisters' mess of a life including a not quite dispatched ex and teenage kids in the depths of France - was spot on, with plenty of drama and intensity, combined with lighter moments, cake and laughter to give it a perfect balance. Throw in a brooding and gorgeous injured pilot with his own teenage son and other worries to contend with as a great love interest for Leah, and the story really came to life.

This was a brilliant summer read, and Sue described the blend of love and angst we have for our families perfectly. I can't wait to get a paperback copy, sit in the sun with a glass of wine and read it again :)

I can't wait for Sue's next novel, which I hear is a Middledip book (Yes!)
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I'm a fan of Sue Moorcroft's books in general, but I think this one is my favourite.
Leah agrees to help her sister and estranged husband out by tagging along on their family holiday and being the 'Cool Auntie' to their two teenagers. Poor Leah. I felt so sorry for her as things started off bad and got worse... and worse.
Ronan is recovering from a shoulder/collarbone injury after a helicopter crash and spending some quality time with his son Curtis.

I loved that Leah was happy with the single life and that she was a complete petrol head. I also liked the way the teenagers kept getting in the way of ... well, everything.
You really feel for both the main characters.

I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.

Disclaimer as always - I know Sue Moorcroft through the Romantic Novelists Association. I am also a fan of her books.
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