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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,383 ratings  ·  356 reviews
He's smiling down at me with tears in his eyes as I say my solemn vow:
'I, Laura, take thee, Matthew, to be my lawful wedded husband…' I thought I would never feel like this about anyone ever again. Not after my first love… Not after the heartbreak and the loss and the trying to pick myself back up again… Then I met Matthew, and I know that he has my heart forever: my
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Published April 25th 2013 by Simon Schuster UK (first published April 1st 2013)
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Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I literally love Paige Toon’s books so much because they’re always such quick and enjoyable reads. I can just get lost in her stories and they always help me get out of reading slumps and are also the perfect choice whenever I don’t know what I want to read.

“The Longest Holiday” was once again a great novel and I really liked it. The characters were great and the plot was interesting from start to finish. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that I felt like the ending was a little
Rea Cobb
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a huge fan of Paige Toon, she is definitely one of my top ten authors and having read all of her books I can honestly say not a single one of them disappoint. When I was out shopping on Tuesday I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a copy of The Longest Holiday sitting staring at me days before publication so I quickly snapped up my copy feeling like a criminal! ( I did pay!)

The synopsis sounded intriguing and exciting so I couldn’t wait to start reading. Laura is our
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading
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Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, I need to say this. Poor Laura. Poor, poor Laura.
One of the things I love in Paiges books is how she revisit earlier characters from her other books. In this case Laura, the maincharacter, is the same Laura from Chasing Daisy. To people who have not read Chasing Daisy, I will short tell her prestory, and beware it will be a spoiler. She was the girlfriend to racedriver Will Trust. They were friends and sweethearts from an early age. The perfect IT couple. After he dies in a car accident,
Perks Of Being A Fangirl
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
My overall rate is 4.5
Structure of review: Before,Update:bought,overall review with pictures.
Before buying:
Just want to start by saying how gorgeous the cover is

I've read all of Paige's book and absolutely adore every single one but I have to admit Baby Be Mine is my favourite.
has anybody else noticed that she would briefly mention characters from books and have them in others like Johnny's assistant in Johnny Be Good is actually the protagonist in Chasing Daisy? clever?!
Can't Wait! High
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gushing over this book. Loved it. I was at the penultimate chapter and couldn't put the book down, needed to know what happens next. The characters were written with such warmth and humour and you soon understand why Laura is falling for a certain someone. Not read any of Paige Toon's books before but I will do now. :)
This book started a little slow for me and it took a while for me to like the main character Laura. For much of the first 300 pages she blows hot and cold between her husband who cheated on her at his stag do and a holiday fling. Apart from Leo is much more than a holiday fling. The last 100 pages I read very fast I couldn't put the book down. The pace quickens in the last 100 pages after a major thing happened to Laura I didn't hate Matthew in the end but Leo is just so lovely. He's up there ...more
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Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOWZERS…get me on the first plane to Florida and take me straight to Leo please…the man in this book is simply gorgeous!!! I’m actually very ashamed to admit that I have not read any of Paige Toon’s books before (WHY? I ask myself now!), but I can safely say that I entirely adored ‘The Longest Holiday’. It’s a truly beautiful and special read that I glowingly recommend.

For Laura, life couldn’t be better. Seven months ago, she married Matthew, is madly in love and is living the dream. But then
Love Fool
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
To say Laura is unlucky in love is an understatement. Her first boyfriend died in a horrific accident, and now she's just discovered that her husband of six months has been hiding a terrible secret. Devastated and unwilling to face reality, she escapes on a girls' holiday to Key West with her best friend Marty. But a deep and instant attraction to a sexy Cuban scuba diver takes her completely by surprise. When her two weeks in the sun come to an end, Laura doesn't want to go home again. But she ...more
Vi ~ Inkvotary
Okay, in the end, I gave 3.5 stars - a bit more than average.

And that only because during the last 100 pages happened things and the tone and style changed a bit the way I like it. For all those, who like/love a shallow story, some flippant characters, the clear but very discreet writing style of the author and a story that is nice to read but not very exciting: then this is your book. I was after a few pages already annoyed by the bitchy dialogues and that everyone wanted to tell Laura what to
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
let me first say that i have loved all of the author's books. however, this one did not quite do it for me. i dont know why but i feel like laura and leo's connection wasn't really established. it was like, one day they met then after that she fell in love. i don't know, I just could not connect with the book. i kinda feel bad for matthew as well. you make one mistake in judgement before the wedding and then your marriage goes up in flames. i just hope she makes a book about matthew and his ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - 1.5 days

Pages - 416

Publisher - Simon & Schuster

Source - Fellow blogger

He's smiling down at me with tears in his eyes as I say my solemn vow:
'I, Laura, take thee, Matthew, to be my lawful wedded husband…' I thought I would never feel like this about anyone ever again. Not after my first love… Not after the heartbreak and the loss and the trying to pick myself back up again… Then I met Matthew, and I know that he has my heart forever: my perfect, gorgeous, adoring
Paige Toon is one of my favorite authors but this book is one of the weakest I have read.

I liked the beginning with the three friends arriving at Key West and having a good time. The summer and beach atmosphere was captured really well as well.

Throughout the book it started to drag for me and I couldn't connect with the story. I also had some troubles with the characters. Generally Laura was a sweet girl but I really had some problem with her decisions. I also hated how her family and friends
Pleasantly surprised!

I think the 2nd half of the book was a lot better than the first although I can't exactly recall why except that perhaps some of the dialogue of the heroine kind of annoyed me (?). Yet, on the other hand, I loved her response to her husband and how she stayed tough after what he had done.

The 2nd half was a lot smoother and flowed really easily, and oh God, was it angsty! You will love Leo! I did love his dialogue and inner thoughts. Overall, it was good read, and I will
Lydia Bailey
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book I’ve read of Paige Toon’s & I really enjoyed it. Once I got into t I couldn’t put it down. A perfect holiday read. It’s chicklit but not cheesy or predictable; it’s well written & well put together. Good to have a shot of romance now and again too! I shall look out for more of hers.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Title: The Longest Holiday
Author: Paige Toon
Publication Date: April 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

"Don't wait for the storm to pass; learn to dance in the rain..."
Laura has been married to the man of her dreams for seven months. But a week before the wedding, Matthew made a terrible mistake.
Escaping the humiliation that is now her marriage, Laura is whisked off to Florida's Key West by her best friend Marty. A carefree holiday full of
Yousra Serry
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I hate Laura. Love Mathew. Found Leo kinda annoying. Love paige toon!

Laura was so self-centered, annoying, dramatic, selfish, hypocritical and just.. I Officially hate her. I wasn't that obsessed with Leo as well so yeah, good couple!

I should point out, I did notice that Paige's writing style changed a bit. in this book and her previous one , one perfect summer , they didn't have light or humorous moments. it was more full of drama and tension. also, when she wrote from Leo's POV it was kinda
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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Flo Grugel
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
this is the first book I've read from Paige Toon...and it certainly won't be the last. fabulous summer read!
This was a fantastic read! It was my first Paige Toon book (I've managed to collect quite a few of her books, oops), and I really adored it to the point wherein I initially felt a tiny bit worried that the others will pale in comparison. But I'm currently reading Johnny Be Good and I can confirm that the worry wasn't necessary.

This book is a fun, light contemporary that is the perfect addition to summertime. I read this in one sitting on a cool summer evening and thoroughly enjoyed every single
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
For a little while there, Laura Perry had it all after losing so much.

Years ago her first love, Formula One champion Will Trust, died in a car racing accident. And then Laura met Matthew Perry; a journalist with beautiful blue eyes and she found love again. They were married shortly after meeting, and had been enjoying a blissful marriage of seven months when a Facebook message ruins it all. Turns out, Matthew drunkenly cheated on Laura at his stag do. He shagged a girl in the toilets and now
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story was beautiful, but to be honest with you fellow GoodReaders, I really didn't expect anything less from the amazingly talented Paige Toon. Every single one of her books have touched my heart in one way or another, and her characters are incredibly easy to relate to. Just going to put it out there and give the author a huge 5 stars, because this story deserves nothing less. A story about betrayal and heartache, but also love and dedication. Let's not forget the happy ending too, because ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's worth mentioning that I have never read anything by Paige before but the lovely beachy colours of the whimsical cover drew me in immediately (note to readers - I'm fully aware that judging books by their covers is ill-advised and verboten for a bookaholic like myself - but sometimes needs must) and if this novel is anything to go by I plan to spend much more time with Ms Toon in the coming, vacationless months.

The premise is an interesting one - what would you do if you were in the perfect
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me laughing, crying and smiling throughout. I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to read some chick lit over the summer, definitely the best book I've read on my holiday so far.
Vickie Richens
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bit predictable but easy summer read
Kirsty Wareing
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice easy read for a weekend away.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
After 7-months of marriage, Laura is still in newlywed bliss with her husband, Matthew. That is, until she learns that he had drunken sex with another woman a week before their wedding. And better yet, she’s having his baby, due in 2 months. Laura’s head is spinning and all she knows is she needs to get away. She tags along on her girlfriends’ 2-week vacation to the Florida Keys. Yes, a 2-week vacation is just what Laura needs to clear her mind—sun, sand and lots of cocktails. Then she’ll be ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Paige Toon is one of my favourite Chick Lit authors, ever. Second only to Sophie Kinsella. I adore her novels. They’re amazing. However, I wasn’t as enamoured with One Perfect Summer, her last novel, so I was a teensy bit worried about her new one The Longest Holiday. I was thrilled at the idea of Laura getting her own story – she was a background character in Chasing Daisy, and it was nice to get to know more about her. I was also thrilled Matthew from One Perfect Summer was also reappearing. ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Paige Toon has become one of my favourite authors, from the moment I bought Lucy in the Sky I was hooked, and since they all have pride of place on my bookshelf.

Paige Toon for me personally does not write quick enough! I feel like I wait so long for her books to be released, they are, however I am not disappointed, only that they are over so quick!

The main character is Laura, she has married the guy of her dreams and they are very much in love. After only a few months of marriage Laura
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I was born in 1975 and my dad’s career as a racing driver meant that I grew up between Australia, England and America. I worked at heat magazine for eight years as Reviews Editor, but left to have a baby. I’m now a full-time author and freelance journalist. I live in North London with my husband Greg, son Indy and daughter Idha.
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