The Staycation by Cressida McLaughlin

Thank you to Anne of Random Things Tours for the invitation to join the blog tour and to Harper Collins for a digital proof via Netgalley to read and review.


Is their perfect escape closer than they think?

Meet luxury travel agent Hester Monday. When Hester’s newest client, handsome Jake Oakenfield, is injured in a heroic accident, he has an unusual request.

For Jake, laid up in a luxury hotel room and unable to return to New York, binge watching Netflix just won’t do. He wants Hester to invent the ultimate escape and re-create her most magical holidays abroad from the confines of his hotel room. The only problem? Thanks to her fear of flying, Hester hasn’t been on a plane in years. 

They travel together on a series of virtual mini-breaks around the globe, from Australia to New York and the Amalfi coast, until Hester’s world of make-believe starts to feel just a little too real. Will the truth ruin her perfect holiday romance?

A fun, flirty read that’s bursting with character and warmth. 

My thoughts:

Having read and enjoyed Cressida’s Cornish Cream Tea books, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read The Staycation before publication day.

Instead of travelling to Cornwall, this book is set in London, where Hester is visiting a new client, Jake, who is stuck recuperating in a luxury hotel room after leaping into action to save a wealthy elderly lady from being hit by a vehicle.

Hester is doing well selling luxury travel plans to customers despite never setting foot out of the country since she was a child. As someone who hates flying (and needs medication from the GP to help her get on a plane), I understood how Hester was doing her best to avoid flying.

Hester needs to steal holiday memories from friends, to give Jake a luxury version of armchair travel whilst he recovers, helped by the hotel staff (loved the joey visit). But when will she be honest with Jake and her boss/colleagues about the fact she hasn’t travelled abroad for many years.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, an escape from anxiety inducing news, featuring virtual travel, friendship, romance, and humour. There are some sad elements (including the reason Hester stopped getting on a plane), but overall this is a fabulously uplifting book. Happy to recommend.

Author Bio:

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David.

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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