What they say: It’s never too late to be offered a second chance at life.
Debs is newly single, Fiona is caring for her mum, Samantha is grieving, and Liv has the perfect life – or so she’d like her friends to think…
This year, these four life-long friends are turning fifty, and Liv is determined they will honour their promise to each other – made on a beach at sunrise twenty-nine years before – to celebrate this milestone together.
And what better place than a gorgeous villa where they will be spoiled and enjoy the stunning beaches, picturesque fishing towns and glorious climate of the Algarve?
But time away from home doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder. Sometimes it makes the thought of returning to your life too hard to bear. Especially with more than one gorgeous Portuguese man making hearts unexpectedly flutter…
It begins as a reunion in the sunshine, but little do the four friends know what life-changing decisions they’ll all be making before their flight home.
A heart-warming, feel-good summer read about friendship, love and second chances.
The Review: If you’re in my corner of bookland, you’ll know that this is a much anticipated Summer read, and actually, after seeing the beginning chapter after opening by accident some time ago (commitments sometimes stop me reading books I’ve an itch for), I was absolutely chomping at the bit to get to this, an extremely summery read and decided that taking part in the Hungry Readers Games was the perfect excuse!
And we are straight into a sunny positive prologue and the promise of a trip to Portugal with a group of friends that are all circling their fiftieth birthdays.
We moved from pov to pov of each of the ladies, seeing their various home issues and then their holiday alter egos as they came to understand what they needed to be happy. I liked that I was reminded who the characters were, and was intrigued when a male pov arrived too!
This book has many themes that could possibly strike chords with readers and invoke some tears, and there were many moments I was thrilled for the characters. Of course, with that came the odd thing that caused slight bemusement, not least the fact that the ladies as a group didn’t seem to be there for each other (when alone yes, when together no!), the timeline in relation to a love at first sight scenario and a lady who (in my probably sheltered possibly privileged position) I found to have forgotten her kids (I can beyond identify with being at the end of your tether, or feeling the ‘is this really it?’ thing, but was a bit uncomfortable with her actions if I’m honest). Saying that, I raced through the book, relishing the triumphs, feeling the lows and smiling so much. Definitely a summer read to pick up and devour!