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Told from the points of view of 3 siblings and their mother, this book talks of their past family history and their relationships with each other in the present day. Each of them is misunderstood and in reality they all really love each other but it takes a trip to Europe and some dysfunctionality to actually bring them to realise that. Whether or not you enjoy the book, you're definitely going to want to visit Europe after this one.
Couldn’t really like this family even though they’d obviously had past traumas, especially Lee, but I always like “family reunion” style novels so enjoyed the idea of a reunion on a cruise. Charlotte and her three grown-up children all have secrets and issues which they’re forced to reveal to each other as their European cruise progresses. Interesting reading this at a time when many poor souls were stuck on cruise ships because of the corona virus and wondering how the Perkins family would have coped. I also wonder if this is one of those books you have to be American to really get??
I love books about dysfunctional families. I love good chick lit. I love a good holiday read.
Sadly, this book left me unimpressed and quite slow-going, so many serious issued locked in just over 300 pages long. I grew to appreciate author's sense of humour even though I found it pretty annoying (all too American) in the beginning. It’s just an okay reading but nothing special. None of the characters were likeable. Although, with the right production company behind it, I can imagine it could make one great comedy/romcom.
"Lee had never realized how hideous most of the world was until Rome."
Perhaps wait until the film. I hope there will be one.
Bittersweet. A story of a family bound together yet torn apart by a tragedy, each one looking to find their way through the fallout to peace, if not happiness. This is an easy-to-read story but deceptively deep, tackling depression, addiction, failure and betrayal and yet it manages to stay afloat despite it’s weighty intent.
I don't usually leave bad reviews, but this is so appalling I had to say something. I don't understand how Penguin can let writing of this low standard go out with their name on it, unless it's a self-publising imprint with no editorial control. Poor writing, no character arc, loads of discrepancies and inconsistencies. If you want good writing from female authors go to Jojo Moyes, Milly Johnson, Adele Parks or Lindsey Kelk. Not this.
At the beginning I saw the potential for an amusing interesting story but the characters where just too tragic for amusement An absolute bully of a Father Broken sad marriages of the daughters Gay son who was bullied to the point he couldn't talk to his own mother I initially thought Charlotte was going to be funny engaging but I harboured resentment towards her for letting her children become damaged Not funny. In fairness Narrator was excellent
I started this novel with high hopes, the plot was great and there were definite characters whom you just itched to grow and to reveal their complex identities this however never happened and the reader is left with the bilge water of the remnants of what could have been a remarkable novel!
Exceeded my expectations. Another great book pick by Reese Witherspoon. Couldn’t stop reading it. Finished in just over a day. Didn’t want it to end. Loved the characters and all the back story and found it a fun and different read. Highly recommend!