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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott

A chance encounter and help given by a her doctor husband is returned ten fold. A holiday in a luxurious chateau in the South of France, all amenities provided not just for Flora and her family but to the extended family as well.

The holiday will be the luxury that the family needs to unwind but so many unexpected, not completely happy surprises keep cropping up. Flora's very placid husband seems to fall head over heels in love with their beautiful operatic singer benefactress, Flora herself is taken aback when her old boyfriend to whom she was engaged turns up on the arm of her sister in law, the two teenage daughters also turn up with their boyfriends and don't seem to have any inhibitions about sharing rooms to the dismay of their mother, and to top it all Flora's mother turns up with the charming John Piere. No one seems to have a care in the world but the tension keeps rising and you do know a blow out is inevitable.

How things settle - both the dramatic (child custody battles and DNA), and the more prosaic (change of career) all adding to the harmony of the family and peace reigning all around. A fun family story with the usual and unusual dynamics of family life.

The book was sent to me by Netgallley courtesy of Penguin UK Michael Joseph.


  1. Sounds like a complex family story, typically British.

  2. Oh sounds like a good read, what a lot going on, wonder how it all turns out!

  3. I love family stories with a lot of drama. This sounds good!