The Holiday Home – Fern Britton

168472“Set on a Cornish cliff, Atlantic House has been the jewel in the Carew family crown for centuries. Each year, the Carew sisters embark on the yearly summer holiday, but they are as different as vinegar and honey. Prudence, hard-nosed businesswoman married to the meek and mild Francis, is about to get a shock reminder that you should never take anything for granted. Constance, loving wife to philandering husband Greg, has always been outwitted by her manipulative sibling. Suspecting that Pru wants to get her hands on Atlantic House, Connie won’t take things lying down. When an old face reappears on the scene, years of simmering resentments reach boiling point. Little do the women know that a long-buried secret is about to bite them all on the bottom. Is this one holiday that will push them all over the edge, or can Constance and Pru leave the past where it belongs?”

Sibling rivalry is not an uncommon occurrence – but Constance and Pru take family fueds to a new level in Fern Britton’s latest novel, The Holiday Home. They’ve been fighting since childhood – and things have gotten worse since they’ve grown up, got married and had children of their own. But Atlantic House is still a constant in their lives; a beautiful holiday home belonging to their parents that they holiday in each year. This year, the Carews set off to Cornwall as normal – but little do they realise that this holiday is going to be very different to previous years. Affairs, family secrets and long-lost relatives all make an appearance, along with some tricky plumbing problems. Yes, this is going to be a holiday to remember…

Full of fun, feuding and genuine emotion and drama, The Holiday Home is a great read, perfect to pack away in your suitcase if you’ve got a sunny getaway planned. Fern’s immersive storytelling skills and excellent characterisation make for a light-hearted yet compelling read.

Many thanks to HarperCollins for the review copy.

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