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The Time of Our Lives

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,882 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Imogen and her friends have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6 a.m. offensives for a space by the pool.
So when one of the group wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in surroundings of unapologetic luxury.
But as they mingle with movie stars, mafia
471 pages
Published March 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 1st 2014)
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Claire Robinson
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 - "Son of a Belgian Bun" & "Thunderclap" Stars.

Take three very different women, send them on holiday to a luxury hotel in Barcelona, add in a pregnancy, a sexy Journalist, a P.R nightmare, and a plethora of mix-ups, unfortunate incidents and comedic anecdotes and you have basically got The Time of our Lives.

Jane Costello has written a book of the type I adore, where you can't help but laugh, whether you are on the bus, at the station or sitting in a coffee shop minding your own business. I
Charlotte Ashcroft
Great read made me laugh a lot 😊
Irena BookDustMagic
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars

I honestly don't remember when was the last time I read a book in a day.
I am a slow reader and I get distracted easily. In other words, a lot of factors have to work together for me to achieve finishing a book in a day.
I have to have a free time to read, the story has to be interesting enough, and it has to keep going. Also, it HAS to have characters I would decide to spend my time with.

This book has it all!
I devoured this book!

I was laughing.
I had a great time all the time I was readi
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of Jane Costello, she’s one of my favourite, go-to Chick Lit authors. Her books are fantastic – they’re reminiscent of Sophie Kinsella, and Paige Toon, and she has this warm, easy to read writing style that truly gets you into the head of her characters. She’s also one of the few authors capable of making of literally laugh out loud. Which is not something to be sniffed at! So when I saw her new novel on Netgalley, I was super chuffed, and requested it immediately – obviously! I wa ...more
Joanne Keighery
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I hope I don't get shot down for my review. I'm usually a very generous reviewer and I purchased this book based on all the glowing reports.
The main character in this book is supposed to be adorably cute and accident prone a la Bridget Jones. It did not come off that way for me. In fact it was so frustrating to read from her point of view. I felt like I was reading the point of view of a fourteen year old. It started off quite readable but just sank as the book went on.
This chick lit book that
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imogen, Meredith and Nicola were really excited going on a VIP holiday to Barcelona relaxing by the pool, leaving work behind.

Imogen a UK marketing director is promised by her boss that if her phones rings while she is in Barcelona it will not be anyone from the company.

Imogen is happy that she has left her children with her mother.

For Imogen going on holiday to relax away from work. Think again!.

As Imogen's mother is looking after the children there is no need for Imogen to worry. Hmm think
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unhauled
I would have LOVED this a few years ago when I was still really into chick-lits. I still see the appeal, it's just not my jam anymore.
Would still highly recommend it to all the chick-lit lovers out there.
Nita Kohli
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book Cover

The cover is really cute and girly, to say in short - it's pretty! This cover caught my eyes when I was exploring the library shelves and I immediately picked it up. One look at the blurb and I decided to try this book.
Also, there is statement/comment/short review-like-thing from Sophie Kinsella on the book cover, which was another reason I decided to read it. I am a big Sophie Kinsella fan and I have read everything from her. So, if she is saying that this book is good then it's pro
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2014
I first read a Jane Costello book last year and that book was The Wish List. I absolutely loved it. Jane had been on my to read list for a while as her books are set in Liverpool, the best city in the world and the place I was born and live. Liverpool girls are also the funniest, smartest, sexiest, best dressed women* in the world and so I knew a chick lit book set in Liverpool was a must read and would feature some great characters. I stormed through The Wish List and immediately went to Amazon ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Numerous times during this book I let out a huge sigh, rolled my eyes and thought "why am I reading this nonsense?".

I quickly found myself disliking the "Imogen" character, it was so far over the top it spoiled the book for me.


Some of the things she did was just pathetic and stupid. I got the fact she was having a bad time, a bit unlucky, etc... that's fine but when you:

1) bump into someone and spill your coffee
2) drop your phone in some liquid in an embarassing
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
thank you for getting me out of slump.
very cute, very very
Clumsy main character, funny, easy to read. :)
Bev Taylor
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
imogen is the stand-in p.r. girl for a food company that is growing in strength

with her 2 friends, meredith who is pregnant with her partner and nichola who lives with her girl partner they fly to barcelona after winning a competition to stay in a 5 star hotel

but all does not run smoothly. imogen's firm is facing a disaster prior to a merger. it appears one of their top executives has been caught inflagrante on a flight under the blankets ........

needless to say they call on imogen to avert t
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print-books

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The Time of Our Lives is the first Jane Costello book I’ve read and I have to say, not picking up one of her books before is single-handedly the worst book related decision I have ever made. The Time of Our Lives is chick lit at its complete and utter best. It has all the components of a typical chick lit novel – friendship, humour, romance, drama – written with such vivacity and style that bounces off the pages and had a warm and inviti
Victoria Frow
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good. Enjoyed the story and the characters were good. Ideal for a good summer read.
Suad Shamma
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, own
I'll tell you what I really liked about this story, despite my many concerns and misgivings as I read it. I loved the way that Jane Costello took me completely off-guard. Absolutely and completely, that I actually felt my eyes go wide and my breath catch.

Unfortunately, I can't tell you why, because that would be a big spoiler.

Here's the thing though, although this story happens over a span of 8 days, and yes - as is the deal with every chick-lit - the protagonist ends up falling in love at the
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-not-read
I was so excited for this book, I love Jane Costello’s style and her books are awesome! Another addictive and gripping book! So here it goes.

The story follows Imogen and her two friends Meredith and Nicola. I really liked Imogen, such a likable and down to earth character and a wonderful mum. The father of the girl is not around anymore and we only learn some pages into the story what happened to him. It’s clear that Imogen loved him very much and he’s still in her thoughts.

The three friends win
Ashton Jade Gibbs
The Time of Our Lives - Jane Costello

The Time of Our Lives tells the story of three friends, Imogen, Meredith and Nicola, who after having their fair share of budget holidays have struck lucky and won a VIP holiday in Barcelona at one of the top hotels. However, it's far from the jet setting, champagne sipping, glitterati partying holiday they thought as they encounter a robbery, run-ins with the hotel staff and an embarrassing encounter on a nudist beach. Luckily, Imogen has a gorgeous guy
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone needing a beach read
I enjoyed this as I was in the mood for a beachy read. I'll chalk it up to some unseasonably warm May weather. It was light and fun for the most part but I did think the work intruding on Imogen's vacation became tedious over time. It was just excessive as was the amount of bodily calamity that befell her. I think 30-40 pages of this alone could be culled just to do away with some of that so it's not so overbearing. I liked Nicola most but she had hardly any story and I was sorry she felt more l ...more
Sandra Grauschopf
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book was ok, but not really gripping. In many ways, it was heavy handed. For example, the author tried to put a twist into it, but I guessed what the twist was early on in the book, and the attempts to mislead were grating.

Also, it was the typical trope of an absolutely, stunningly perfect guy who always does the right thing inexplicably falling for a girl who is so unlucky/incompetent that it's amazing she can manage to dress herself appropriately (point in fact: the heroine often can't).
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a rating of 3.5

Jane Costello is one of my favourite authors. She manages to write a story which has you gripped till the last word. She has humour, and heart tugging moments in every book.

To begin with I was slightly confused who was who in terms of the girls but once I got to grips with that the story flowed. Nicola was my Favourite as she was a good listener and always had wise words of advice to offer Imogen and Meredith.Im looking forward to reading more from Jane.

Thanks goes to ne
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: wishlist, chick-lit
Not my favorite book by her but still a good read.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced storyline with so much happening in it I sometimes lost the plot. Not as good as some of her earlier books.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book i read it in one sitting. i enjoyed the story line could imagine the characters. i laughed out loud in places as well. Will be reading more by Jane Costello
Aisha Reads Books
Firstly, the plot; I loved it, I'm a sucker for best friend stories (check out Bridesmaids by Jane Costello too) I laughed at loud at so many moments, mostly because it's somehow delightfully unbelievable just how much trouble one woman can get into in a singular week. As the blurb tells us, Imogen goes on what should be a dream holiday with her two best friends Nic and Meredith. Meredith is heavily pregnant but why should something as silly as a bump get in the way I guess? Imogen initially mee ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wasn't able to finish this book. I think I made it to chapter 4 or 5. Though I understand it's important to create conflict to propel a story forward, I felt that this was just too much; and ridiculous to boot. Each "incident" felt kind of thrown at me and was over in the blink of an eye already moving into the next "incident". I suppose some people enjoy that kind of "action", but I just wasn't able to connect with the main character. I wish I could have because the back cover summary seemed ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not the best novel by Jane Costello. I am usually a fan, but this one was very thin on plot with a remarkably unlikeable female character. She was very self-centred and so calamitous, it got annoying. I mean how many more "accidents" can this one woman have? Not to mention that she couldn't hold down a conversation without leaping onto her phone to answer it EVERY SINGLE TIME she got into a conversation...which were usually about her drama's, even when they started off talking about someone else ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not at all what I was expecting.
Things went wrong from the beginning. So much so, that it makes you think "who in a past life did you kill"
We've all had those weeks. Where life seems to not get any better and there is nothing you would rather do more then to hide out with your friends... But even then. It can hit the fan. And no matter how much good tries to get in there, the bad can seem like it over weighs everything else.

Changing your perspective can be hard. But if this book taught me anyt
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best written 'chick-lit' stories I've come across in a while. The characters are well-drawn and the situations as realistic as they are ridiculous. It features three friends on one of the most eventful and least restful luxury holidays you can imagine. Yet all three still managed to come back in a better state than they left having had the time of their lives. The main character reminded me a little of the latest Bridget Jones (novel minus the twitter obsession.)

I laughed out
Ryanne Monique
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
* 4.5 Stars *

The only reason why I gave it a 4.5 is because of the typos (and not just with mispelled words, but some facts changing like Harry’s age and David’s wife’s name). But other than that, I absolutely loved the book! I just finished reading it.

I love how it’s written, love the style. I laughed (a lot) and even cried (tears of joy and heartwarming scenes). I love the characters in the book, how everyone played a role, minute or otherwise.

I’m not very good with reviews, but it’s definit
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