Saturday, 13 October 2018

Book Review - Once In A Lifetime by Chrissie Manby- #HolidayReading Book 23

Book 23 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: Once In A Lifetime
Author: Chrissie Manby
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 14th June 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Do you really only have one shot at love?

Twenty two years ago Dani Parker had grand plans for her life.

Now, she's a single mother in quaint Newbay working at the hotel where she got her first ever job. When she bumps into ex-boyfriend Nat, she wonders if this might be the start of something not-quite-new. Until his fiancée walks through the door . . .

Dani's daughter Flossie is sixteen - so of course she knows best, about everything. And her new boyfriend Jed is all she could ever want in a man . . . right?

Flossie's widowed grandma Jane firmly believes that lightning never strikes twice. So when she finds herself frequenting Bill's pet shop, she refuses to believe that the L-word has anything to do with it.

In a confusion of cakes, elopements and naughty puppies, will the three women discover that 'once in a lifetime' isn't quite as rare as they thought?

This is Chrissie Manby at her best, writing about a multi generational family in a realistic and funny way!

There is long lost love, teenage love, love of a pet dog (with a ridiculous name), family love - you could say the book is about love!

Dani hasn't seen Nat since she was 16, and now he is back in Newbay with a girlfriend and Dani has a teenage daughter herself now, yet there are plenty of reminiscing as the two try to continue moving on with their chosen paths in life. 

Life for all of Dani's family changes when Jezza enters it, from then on he is the centre of attention from all angles and is one of my favourite characters. He is instrumental in most of the elements of the book whether  you would expect it or not. 

I loved meeting Dani's family and thoroughly enjoyed being back in Newbay, which is now becoming a familiar setting for fans of Chrissie Manby, even if the books are all standalone. 

This is a feel good summer read that is a lot of fun, and definitely had me smiling.  I also found the pages were turning faster than I wanted, and ran out of book to read far too soon!  Easily one of my favourite books from the author since the series about the Benson family!

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

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