🇫🇷🇫🇷🏡🏡BLOG TOUR- JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS🏡🏡🇫🇷🇫🇷
TITLE: JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS
AUTHOR: SUE MOORCROFT
PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS
Absolutely thrilled to be todays leg of the JustForTheHolidays blog tour and bring the exciting tour to a close! 🌺🌺🇫🇷🇫🇷🏡🏡
Today I am sharing my review and an extract.📖📖📝📝
As always a big thank you to the publisher and of course to Netgalley for access to the title!
In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.
Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.
But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…
She closed the door on Alister’s low-voiced ‘Think what’s best for the children, Michele.’
Intent on keeping clear of the battleground, Leah dawdled as she set out the wooden sun loungers. Casting around the capacious summerhouse she located a paddling pool and a hose and dragged them out, too. The gîte and its neighbour were the only residences this far up the lane and there seemed to be nobody next door but the workman and his young assistant so she doubted it mattered if they had a water fight and it got a bit screamy.
She watched the clear water burble into the pool. Think what’s best for the children . . . If not for the kids, she’d reverse her car out of the garage and make a break for it instead of sticking around to share the death throes of Michele and Alister’s marriage.
But, as she was here, Leah could – probably – prevent spilled blood, and that definitely came under the heading of ‘best for the children’. Mentally polishing her halo she let herself into La Petite Annexe to change into her bikini. It didn’t cover as much as she would have liked, but she hadn’t had much time for holiday shopping and she was amongst family.
After slathering on factor 50 and grabbing her magazine, she reserved herself a lounger and settled down to try and Facetime Scott during his morning break. Scott had been her best friend since school and she usually saw him several times a week, sharing their love of all-things-car. She missed him. If anyone knew her deepest, darkest secrets, it was Scott.
‘Hey, you,’ he answered snippily as his image leaped to the screen, brown hair shining and spiked at the front. ‘Finally found time in your holiday schedule to remember the existence of your bestie?’
‘Don’t be grumpy. I’m feeling homesick and I wanted to hear your voice. As lovely as Alsace is, I’d rather be back in Bettsbrough enjoying the gardening leave I’d planned. Got to support Michele and family, though.’
‘Oh. OK.’ He looked mollified. ‘So what’s the place you’re staying like?’
Leah directed the phone screen towards La Petite Annexe so the camera would capture it for him. ‘This is my bolthole.’ Then she lined up on the gîte, panning around so he got the full impact of all three floors and the impressive timberwork on the outside. ‘And this is where the others are.’
‘FFS, it’s massive! Have you got a rugby team visiting or something?’
Leah laughed as she turned her phone so they could see each other again. ‘There aren’t quite enough spare rooms for that but it’s certainly not cramped.’ And she told him about the long drive over and the frost occasionally twinkling between Michele and Alister.
Leah’s spirits rose as, in return, he gave her a jokey rendition of his latest run-in with his boss, including his outrageous excuse that his work was suffering simply because ‘his bestie’ was in another country. Scott always made her feel better with his uniquely snarky affection and she sighed along with him when it was time for him to wind up the conversation with ‘Got to get back to work, I’m afraid. Get yourself home as soon as you can.’ He blew a kiss and disappeared.
If you’re looking for the perfect holiday read with a bit of depth… This ones for you! Sue Moorcroft has done it again creating a great story packed full of intriguing, engaging characters that is just well … A great read! perfect for lazy on the beach or in the garden or like me in a hot bath and snuggled up in bed.
This is a lovely story with a feel good factor. It’s the perfect balance.. humorous in places and heartfelt and touching in others. A touch of romance, a sprinkle of heartache and lots of fun.
sues style of writing is down to earth and engaging and the setting is just gorgeous.I loved that it was set in a French gite, my parents used to take us to stay in French gites throughout our childhood on school holidays and it made me really feel nostalgic!
I devoured this in two sittings curled up in my bed after two very long days and it was just the ticket, an easy read nothing too taxing but guaranteed to put a smile on my face. Packed full of typical family moments and with teenagers that I could most definitely relate to🙈😫😂 it made me laugh and smile … Lots! Nothing ever quite goes according to plan in life, and families are messy, emotional things and this is definately the case for Leah, there’s so much going on in this family there’s never a dull moment! I started to wonder if she would ever get a romantic moment alone with the hunky helicopter pilot, as the teenagers kept throwing a spanner in the works!
I really feel Sue has a great way of putting a story together, her books are so very readable and the characters are so down to earth and so real, that by the end of the book you will feel like you’ve known them forever! I was very sorry to finish the book, I will definitely be recommending to all my friends and I know my mum would love this!
Grab a glass of wine and a copy of this for a perfect escape … I Loved it!!