Thursday, 16 August 2018

Book Review - Come Away With Me by Maddie Please - Blog Tour

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Title: Come Away With Me
Author: Maddie Please
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 13th August 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Somewhere beyond the sea…
When Alexa Fisher finds herself trapped on a twelve-day cruise to celebrate her younger sister’s hen-do – just the two of them – she wishes she’d jumped overboard.

Despite the age difference, India has always been the judgemental sibling, and there’s been even more friction than usual since ‘the big engagement’. With India constantly obsessing over wedding plans, Alexa has never felt more single, or more of a failure.

If only she could find a man who was funny, handsome and faithful. But when she meets the enigmatic (and *gorgeous*) Gabriel Frost on the cruise, he is as cold as his name suggests… Isn’t he?

Set sail for an adventure on the high seas, it’s time for Alexa to discover that sometimes romance can surprise you!

It was the simply gorgeous cover and the mention of cruise in the blurb that lead me to finally read a book by this author. She has been on my radar for a while, but just hadn't quite been seduced enough to want to read one. 

So I'm really glad I did try this book, as it is really enjoyable even if its not quite the book I was hoping for. You see I'm a massive fan of cruising, but of the less formal ships than the one than Alexa and India was sailing on, so although I was curious about the ship they were on, I could tell from the first descriptions of it that it wouldn't match my own experiences. 

Equally from the cover I was expecting a lovely bright summery cruise, so discovering it was a New York to Southampton transatlantic itinerary taking in a couple of New England ports  in September didn't have me quite as excited.  That being said I loved the description of the ports and could feel myself there alongside the girls. 

It may be that I initially stopped reading the blurb after the first line, as I hadn't twigged that the hen--do would just be Alexa and her sister, I was half expecting a group of giggling girls and cocktails all over the place. 

Well there was certainly cocktails and every other alcohol you can name involved, as the girls run up a massive bar bill and probably caused their livers severe damage in the process.  I loved how every chapter started with the name of cocktail and its ingredients which did put you in a holiday frame of mind. 

I also loved the descriptions of the food and activities on board the ship which all seemed incredibly realistic.  There really is such huge selections of food and drink available all day and night on most ships.  I also enjoyed getting to know the other couples at the ladies table of 6 for dinner each night in the formal dining room. 

The nightlife all struck true to me and there were plenty of  elements of the cruise that I did recognise from my own holidays, so the book was clearly well researched. 

This is a very enjoyable read and for those curious about cruising it would be a great introduction to what life on board could be like. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Avon for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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