- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (9 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007360738
- ISBN-13: 978-0007360734
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Summer Holiday Paperback – 9 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Penny Smith has worked as a journalist and TV presenter. She has presented the GMTV News Hour since 1993, and has also worked for Sky News and Classic FM. She also has a regular newspaper column. She is the author of the bestselling novels ‘Coming Up Next’ and ‘After the Break’.
Top Customer Reviews
Imagine if Penny Smith decided she was a comedienne and started writing sketch shows and sitcoms. Then as a result professional comics like French and Saunders or Dara O'Briain were given less airtime. There'd be uproar by fans angry that someone who knows nothing about comedy is pushing out genuine talent. It's the same for books. When bookshops promote Penny Smith and Katie Price with big shiny placards, while Ruth Rendell and Stephen King sit in a corner behind, something's wrong.
To anyone who enjoyed Summer Holiday, I won't judge you, but please try other books. Make the effort to find authors who haven't been published on the back of television success. You'll soon discover the world is full of creative storytellers who craft elegant prose, and Penny Smith is just a rich person with too much time on her hands.
I wasnt that impressed with Penny Smith pervious books but this summertime read was the worst of all. I'm glad that I did read it to the end but wish that I hadent bothered.
They are terrible - you have been warned - many times.
Please, stop the celebrity publishing bandwagon and buy books from people who can actually write. This one is worse than the other two, and that's saying something.
As has already been said the main character Miranda Blake is divorced, with friends who are trying to set her up with unsuitable men. Miranda decides to try to do something with her life and thereafter volunteers to do some voluntary work at a local canal where she meets and falls for Alex, a dread-locked Eco-warrior with a bodyguard. But Lucy her daughter does not approve, and successfully sets about getting her mother to end the relationship.
Miranda, goes on holiday to Alicante in an attempt to mend her broken heart. At that point the plot, although readable, becomes far fetched. Characters are introduced that take the story no further and at the end there are several lose ends.
I was left disappointed by this one
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So good, my first read of Penny Smith. Impressed and will search for more now.Published 14 months ago by Ms. G. Mckenzie
I'm sorry, this was just awful. So many threads that didn't add to the story at all, and not enough substance to the parts that should. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2014 by JJ
This was a Thoroughly good read from the first page to the very last I was enthralled. I can thoroughly recommend it.Published on 3 May 2014 by Mrs J R Ratcliff
I found this to be amateurish and quite boring. Not as good as Penny's previous books. Don't think I will buy any more by this author unless I see one in a charity shop for 25pPublished on 11 Jan. 2014 by Mrs.Ann Owen
I loved reading this book, it kept me wanting to pick it up as I needed to know how the characters were getting on. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2013 by Janet Jones
Just found Penny Smith's books this is my first read I found it an easy read and enjoyable will look out for othersPublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by Jackie Casey
Very hard to get into no real body to it thought it a bit slow to get started didn't enjoyPublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Ruth Perks