The Summer Holiday by Jo Clegg

Funny and lighthearted but with a subject all mothers can relate to!

I was kindly gifted this book by Orion Books in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour.

The Summer Holiday by Jo Clegg
368 Pages
Out Now

Claire Swift can’t think of anything worse than another holiday with the Wellbeloved family. The last trip together was a complete disaster – yet somehow, despite Claire’s best efforts, they’re all off to the Cornish coast again this summer.
So, this time she’s coming prepared.

But becoming a domestic goddess to keep up with perfect Honor Wellbeloved isn’t easy – especially when Claire is known for being clumsy and burns every meal she makes. And it’s not long before her carefully laid plans are going spectacularly wrong.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a fun book and would definitely make the perfect ‘Summer Holiday’ read.

I think we can all relate to Claire in one way or another. She’s your average mum, trying to provide for her family, juggling work, the household and also trying to pursue her own dreams and aspirations. But as with life nothing ever goes to plan and there are definitely some mishaps throughout the book that Claire experiences, however I think these just make her more real to the reader and I connected with her so much.

The character of Honor Wellbeloved I’m sure each of us have experienced at one point in our lives, although hopefully not quite as bad as Honor, she seems to be a character that possesses all these little horrible attributes we’ve all encountered in someone and the author has multiplied that by 100 and put them all in Honor!

Whilst it’s a really lighthearted and easy read, it also explores how we all judge ourselves against others, especially other mothers and through the character of Claire it shows how we all need to learn to be happy in our own skin and with the choices we make for ourselves and our children. Not just for Claire but Honor too.

Overall this was such a lovely read, made me laugh in places and also made me realise that it’s ok to be a little disorganised as long as you’re happy and your family is loved.

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