An Almost Perfect Holiday by Lucy Diamond

As we head into the summer of 2020, many of us have already waved goodbye to our plans for a summer holiday – I know that I won’t be relaxing by a pool in Spain or fossil hunting in Lyme Regis anytime soon. However we can still enjoy a virtual visit to Cornwall with this fabulous novel by Lucy Diamond, published in paperback in the UK today. I’m looking forward to picking up a paperback copy to add to my Lucy Diamond collection.

Synopsis:

Summer is here, and down in Cornwall Lorna’s holiday cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way…

Em’s planned the perfect break with her teenagers plus her new boyfriend, George… but now his difficult six-year-old is coming too. Will their romance survive the realities of parenthood?

Maggie’s hoping a seaside holiday will bring her and her daughter closer together, but when her ex makes a surprise reappearance, it changes everything. Can she trust the man who broke her heart?

Olivia has escaped the domestic grind, only for the past to catch up with her. Maybe the time has come to confess all – if she can find the courage…

Meanwhile, the teenagers are running wild and love is in the air. With friendship, heartache and secrets in the mix, will this holiday turn out to be a scorcher – or simply too hot to handle?

My thoughts:

I have read the majority of the Lucy Diamond novels (I usually take the latest paperback on holiday) and this is one of my favourites. It is a well written book with characters brought to life in such a way that you feel as if you know them personally.

The four main female characters all have various forms of ‘baggage’ – loss of loved ones, ex husbands, new relationships, extreme tiredness etc. They spend a week in Cornwall at Lorna’s holiday cottages and their lives will never be the same again. I loved the way the individual stories evolved and became woven together.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan for a digital proof copy via NetGalley – my thoughts are my own.

Lucy Diamond (from Amazon.com)

Lucy Diamond grew up in Nottingham and went to university in Leeds where she studied English Literature. After graduating, she worked in publishing and at the BBC, and in her spare time she began writing children’s books under a number of different pen names. 

Two small children later, an evening class in creative writing motivated her to try a longer piece of fiction and explore some of her own feelings about motherhood. This eventually became a novel, Any Way You Want Me, and she was thrilled when Pan Macmillan made her an offer of publication.

Now the author of fourteen novels and a Sunday Times bestselling author, Lucy writes with warmth and honesty about the joy and surprises, as well as the complications, that love, family and friendships can bring.

Lucy now lives in Bath with her husband and three children and writes full-time.  


Her website is http://www.lucydiamond.co.uk

She is on Twitter @LDiamondAuthor, and has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LucyDiamondAuthor.

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