Tess Simpson needs a break!
Under appreciated at home, overlooked at work and now her beloved dog Bella has died. Tess has simply had enough!
So in a spur of the moment act, Tess books a holiday of a lifetime for her, her two grown up kids and useless husband Dave. Maybe they can use the break to reconnect with each other?
But when the kids refuse to go, and Dave breaks his leg, Tess’s dream holiday looks seriously in doubt. And then there’s River Romero, the glamourous LA screen writer who is supposed to be house-sitting for Tess whilst she’s away….
Everything about River sounds so much more exciting than Tess’s boring life in Stratford Upon Avon. From her beautiful LA condo and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Tess wonders whether a bit of River’s LA life might be exactly what she needs? So when River suggests a house swap, Tess jumps at the chance!
With Dave happily ensconced in the summer house at the bottom of the garden, the kids not needing mum anymore, Tess packs her bags and heads off for the adventure of a lifetime.
But real life isn’t like the movies, and when Tess arrives in LA, things aren’t exactly as they seem.
Will Tess find what’s she’s looking for or is getting away from it all isn’t all perhaps not all it’s cracked up to be?
Quite a few years since I read one of this author’s books, but when I saw she had a new one being published, I was curious.
You might know the feeling: You have a busy life and everybody at home or at work counts on you. When it’s finally time you are sure you will be rewarded for everything you have done during your working hours, well things don’t seem to go down that road.
But of course there is still your family or are they going to disappoint you as well?
The two main characters are Tess and River. Tess totally understands how you feel, because she is in the same boat. When everything comes crashing down, River comes to the rescue. She convinces Tess it’s time to take care of number one for a change. Is River her guardian angel or is she in fact looking out for number one too by pushing Tess in this direction?
Will Tess find the new life she wants? For this to happen she will have to come out of her comfort zone, but is she ready to do that?
If you want to find answers to those questions, you will have to sit down with this book and find out for yourself. 😉
At times it’s laughing out loud funny, at times it’s crying out loud sad. This is a story that puts the spotlight on finding the right balance in your life in order to remain happy. Sometimes you fall into a pattern, which is not bad of course, but you still need to find things to do to spice up your life. 4 stars
Thank you, Carmen Reid and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Carmen Reid is the bestselling author of numerous woman’s fiction titles including the Personal Shopper series starring Annie Valentine. After taking a break from writing she is back, introducing her hallmark feisty women characters to a new generation of readers. Her first title for Boldwood will be published in July 2021. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and children.
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