Time to pass the blog over to Mandie who has a blog tour review of A Holiday To Remember by Susanne O’Leary. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting us to join the tour and providing an advance copy for review. Here is what the book is all about.
About the Book
A side-splittingly HILARIOUS summer read about two best friends who decide to take a chance and travel the world. But with plenty of drama on the way, could love be on the horizon?
Until a few weeks ago, Leanne was a thirty-something who lived with her mother. And yes, she still slept under her Barbie bedspread.
Until recently, best friend Maddy was married to a man whose golf club got more action than she did.
But not anymore.
Leanne convinced Maddy enough was enough. They packed their bags, and their miniature poodle, and bid goodbye to their dreary lives for the summer.
Drinking wine under the stars and splashing around in the sparkling turquoise waters of Italy and the Dalmatian Islands should be every girl’s dream. Except… it’s not all plain sailing. Leanne soon sets her eyes on Carlo, a swoon-worthy Italian whose dark hair, green eyes and golden skin get her pulse racing. But does he have a secret? Maddy has her own opinions… as does Leanne on the new man in Maddy’s life.
Just when Leanne was starting to think she might have found something special, she has to ask: will this just be a holiday to remember, or even one she’d rather forget?
A joyful, laugh-out-loud and feel-good story that will make you want to pack your bags, set off on an adventure and live life to the max. Fans of Sophie Kinsella, Kristin Higgins and Carole Matthews will be totally hooked by this heart-warming read.
Leanne and Maddy work at the same school. Both feel a bit fed up with their lives so when they win some money on the lottery they decide to go on an adventure. Meeting up with some newly made friends they decide to drive and sail their way from Italy to Croatia.
Maddy is the older of the two and is dealing with the breakup of her marriage whilst trying to assess where her budding relationship with Leanne’s father Erik. She spends a lot of her time trying to keep Leanne grounded but is also determined to enjoy life in the moment.
Leanne is using the trip to write a blog of their travels which is a huge hit. She has also developed a massive crush on one of their travelling companions Carlo. The one small blip in this situation is that Carlo’s ex-girlfriend Lucilla is also travelling with them. Despite this she is sure he is the one and is determined to get him.
Maddy and Leanne are great characters and you can’t help but feel a little envious of the life they are currently leading. They have a very strong friendship and you can tell despite the age difference, they love being in each other’s company. Carlo was a bit shallow – good looking and he knows it, more interested in having a good time than anything else – no matter who may get hurt. Lucilla comes off as a bit prickly and stand offish at times but there is a reason for this that you will discover. I loved Lucilla’s Aunt Claudia, a wealthy woman who often thought some situations and people were beneath her. That being said she actually became a good friend to Maddy, giving her advice on how to deal with her dilemma.
A Holiday to remember is just that. Suzanne O’Leary has certainly woven a spell with this book. Her descriptions of the stunning locations make you want to visit them. By the end of the book you will find you have been chuckling along the way as you follow Leanne and Maddy on their travels, discovering new friends, locations and lovers and even things about themselves. It is the second book in the series but you can easily read it without having read the first one, although you will probably be missing out if you do. This is a great holiday read and one I would recommend is packed in your case to read whilst lounging by the pool.
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About the Author
Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties (including MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, featured in Full Irish), or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.
Visit Susanne at her website or her blog.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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