Book Review: The Family Holiday By Elizabeth Noble


The Chamberlain family – Charlie and Daphne, and their children Laura, Scott and Nick – had fantastic summer holidays when they were young. But then, inevitably, the children grew up, and their own messy lives got in the way.

Since their mum died, it feels to them all as if their family just isn’t that close any more. And Charlie fears his kids have all lost their direction.

For his eightieth birthday, all Charlie wants is to bring his family together again – and by some miracle, they’ve all said yes.

It’s only ten days . . . how hard can it be?


Charlie, approaches his 80th birthday. Widowed for 10 years. Misses his wife and wishes he spoke more with his children.

Driven story, not too much happens. We get into each character (including his children and their partners, and their children) so it is very slow paced.

We learn the background of each character, at times I found this annoying because it was so slow and there was so many characters.

Eventually there is the holiday if you make it that far. And it was interesting to see the clash of personalities coming together.

However, this was lovingly written, engaging and very descriptive.

4/5 Stars


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