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Seven Days of Us

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  17,494 ratings  ·  2,508 reviews
It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she m ...more
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Published October 17th 2017 by Berkley
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Ken I agree that this was a weakest point of the novel and I don't think that it is resolved or even addressed.

It seems that Olivia could have exposed the…more
I agree that this was a weakest point of the novel and I don't think that it is resolved or even addressed.

It seems that Olivia could have exposed the entire British Isles to a pandemic and the government does nothing? (less)
Kristine Clark I do hope a follow-up novel is not unleashed! I know altogether more about these characters than I ever wanted to - only finished it because it was my…moreI do hope a follow-up novel is not unleashed! I know altogether more about these characters than I ever wanted to - only finished it because it was my Book Group's choice! (less)

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Will Byrnes
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
…every Christmas is a quarantine of sorts
It is said that houseguests, like fish, begin to stink after three days. How about after a week? Better stock up on booze and sundry mood-altering substances, maybe some air-freshener. But does it necessarily have to be thus?

After working in the field for the maximum allowable time, NGO (think MSF or the like) doctor Olivia Birch returns home from a stint in Liberia, where she had been treating victims of a particularly deadly virus (called Haag her


to straight-up rip from dan’s headlines:

This is not the type of book I usually read. The publisher contacted me and I accepted a print ARC for some reason. I'm quite glad I did.

i had the exact same experience down to the “for some reason” - i remember agreeing to read the arc, but it’s all a bit hazy. i do remember thinking that this seemed similar to The Nest - both being debu
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an engaging festive read featuring the Birch family, forced to spend 7 days together for the first time in years over Christmas and New Year. It is said that this is the most traumatic time of year for many families, having to endure the presence of those you spend the rest of the year avoiding like the plague. Ahh, yes, the plague, Olivia is the eldest daughter, a medic who has been working as an aid worker to combat the deadly Haag epidemic in Liberia. On her return to Britain, she and ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Entertaining read about a dysfunctional family quarantined together for seven days over the Christmas holidays. Told through alternating POV’s’, secrets are exposed, true feelings come to light, and broken relationships are mended.

Seven Days of Us was a nice change of pace from all the dark books that I read. Even though I enjoyed some POVs/characters more than others, I thought the characters were distinct and well-developed as they spend a lot of time self-reflecting and experien
Angela M
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This novel begs the question of how well do we really know our family? Secrets of a dysfunctional family come to light to the reader in these short chapters of alternating narratives by each of the characters and this made for a quick read. I really liked the structure because we got to know the characters from their point of view as well as what they were thinking about each other. I nearly put this aside because I was tiring of their self absorption and I just didn't like them very
Larry H
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
At one point in Seven Days of Us , Andrew, the somewhat snarky and elitist patriarch of the Birch family, equates all of the drama affecting his family with a popular British soap opera. But then he realizes it's even crazier than all that.

"Never mind EastEnders —this was pure telenovela."

He's not quite wrong. In her debut novel, Francesca Hornak throws more issues and crises at the Birch family, more secrets thought buried, than you can even imagine. It's like multiple Jodi Picoult novels
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

SEVEN DAYS OF US by FRANCESCA HORNAK is a warm, witty, engaging, and a feel good story that explores the dynamics within the Birch family as they are forced to spend a tension filled week together in quarantine over the holidays. I had a personal connection with this book and some of the content was so real to me that I could really see myself as part of the Birch family as they were facing some difficult and emotional revelations within this story that were very
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars.

Imagined being locked in your family’s home for a week over Christmastime. Quarantined to be exact. Could be alright, yeah? Or maybe not so much, depending on whose family you’re talking about. Mine, would be a Trainwreck for sure.

In “Seven Days of Us” the Birch family, (which includes parents, Andrew and Emma and their two daughters, Olivia and Phoebe) are locked in their family estate, Weyfield Hall in England for seven days over Christmas. You see, Olivia is a Doctor and she was expos
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
It's Christmas..that happiest time of year. When your family gets together to spread the joy and love!

The family in this book is no different than the rest of us.

They all are going to Weyfield Hall, their falling down aging country home. They will be quarantined there for seven days.
With each other.
And each of them has secrets.

The youngest daughter, Phoebe. She has just gotten engaged and is the favorite child.

Other daughter, Olivia. Who is the cause of the quarantine. She took he
Diane S ☔
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine being quarantined with your family for an entire week? Over Christmas holidays? Can't go out and anyone who comes in must stay? The thought of all seven of my, now grown children, coming home and stuck for a whole week together fills me with, well let's just say a great deal of angst, or should I say terror?

That is exactly what happens in this story, when Olivia, a doctor returns home for the first time in several years. She has been treating patients with the haag virus, oversea
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it

Ghosts, then witches, so now what's my beef? Boring suburban family celebrating Christmas, that's what! Made me pull the Complaint Board right out of the shed. I will begrudgingly admit that this isn't your typical Christmas. The family is under quarantine because daughter Olivia has been working in Africa as a doctor, treating people afflicted with a deadly virus. Her return shakes up the holiday and makes it interesting. In fact, she was the only character whom I wanted to be in the room wi
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why This Book
I was surfing NetGalley when this one appeared on my screen. Given it's a family drama, one of my favorite sub-genres, I had to read it. I'm on a kick to finish reading all my NetGalley books by 12/31 before I can request anything else, so this moved to the top of the list. I added it as a book on my 'Book Bucket List' on my blog at, where my followers choose one book for me to read each month. This was the winner for December, so
Brenda ~Traveling Sister Book Reviews
Traveling Sisters Group read with Norma, Susanne, Jan, and Dana.

I read Seven Days of Us with four of my Traveling Sisters and this one will be added to one of our best discussions we have had.

Seven Days of Us is a well written warm, funny, and insightful character-driven family drama that explores the dynamics of a family with realistic and interesting characters. The Birch family could be any family and we could see ourselves and our family in these memorable characters and we began to open up
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Here it was, the voice he had been half dreading, half expecting. He thought back to that sultry night in Beirut 1980, the one he had tried to convince himself had never happened. And then he thought of the strange little letter that Leila Deeba had written him eighteen months ago, which had been forwarded from The World's offices. He still had it, hidden from Emma. 'My late birth mother was ...' So the glorious, firm-bodied woman he had fucked between hotel sheets was dead. He stood up ...more
Felice Laverne
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Seven Days of Us is the quintessential heartwarming family novel, a quick and quaint little holiday read to be devoured in one sitting. With flashes of wit, intellect and social reflection peppered in, Seven Days offers a great combination of laughter and insight, as we get to know these characters while they re-get to know each other. Imagine being stuck in your home for seven days with your family, unable to flee into the night, unable to a

“A week is a long time to spend with your family.”

Picture your family gathered together to celebrate the holidays, a stressful time of year for some, for others an excuse to indulge in excesses. You’ve come back to the family “home” which has been used for the holidays for years, an older, slightly worn down much larger home in the country, a home that belonged to those no longer alive. You arrive thinking it’ll be like all the other years, but instead of the usual two
Dan Schwent
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2017-books
When Olivia Birch heads home for Christmas after relief work in Liberia, she dooms her family to spend seven days in quarantine. Can the family survive its own company?

This is not the type of book I usually read. The publisher contacted me and I accepted a print ARC for some reason. I'm quite glad I did.

Seven Days of Us is a tale about secrets, the secrets a family keeps from one another. Being locked up together over the holidays is like a steel cage match, even for a stiff upper lip British fa
Elyse  Walters
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I finished this about a week ago --
I enjoyed it --
To be quarantine for seven days with these people -- was as challenging as the issues each character was dealing with.
But............leave it to MOM:
"Mother" just wanted EVERYONE to be HAPPY.....
If only everyone would just listen to her --life would be smooth sailing ...........

Well, life wasn't all that easy for these folks..........but made for some emotional heart felt reading for us. Great character develo
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Olivia returns home from treating an epidemic in Africa and it forces not only her, but her entire family to be quarantined for the entire week over the Christmas holidays. A GR friend of mine compared this to This is Where I Leave You. But this is bittersweet, sad really, not humorous. Almost everyone is hiding some sort of secret, all of which will rock the family. The thing here is that these folks just don't talk to each other. Is it, as Jesse thinks, that whole British stiff upper lip thing
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seven days of togetherness along with secrets and tension make up the Birch family's Christmas holiday this year.

Emma has a health secret.

Andrew has a really big secret from his past.

Olivia has something she has to keep secret while in quarantine.

Phoebe really doesn't have a secret but is very self centered.

Staying in Emma's family estate is a bit challenging since Emma doesn't like to change anything from when she spent time there as she grew up. Things are old and decaying, and the technologic
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 dysfunctional family stars to Seven Days of Us! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

A few of my friends read this book last year, and it turns out not only did they have a wonderful discussion, they connected to the book and its characters. That’s one of my favorite aspects of reading, and since that time, I have wanted to share in the same experience with reading this book.

The Birch family reunites at Weyfield Hall, their country estate, for Christmas after many years apart.

Olivia is one of the adult children, and
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

I normally throw a little “thank you” disclaimer at the very end of my reviews when I score a freebie in order to cover my tail for the FTC guidelines and not much more. That’s because 99.99999% of the time I am the one begging requesting the ARC myself, and also because by now it should be glaringly obvious that I’m brutally honest in my reviews no matter what manner I obtained any given book. This time the case is different and,
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Olivia Birch is a doctor who is returning to England to spend the holidays with her family. Because she was treating an epidemic in Liberia, her entire family will be quarantined during her visit. Her mother Emma is looking forward to the week together since it is rare for everyone to be in the same location. The siblings are less enthused since they will be forced together and can't leave the house. Phoebe, the youngest daughter, is the only child living at home but that will change shortly as ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, library-2
Ooo… this was just terrific! It reminded me so much of an Elin Hildebrand book in the best way even though we’re not at the beach. You’ve got this huge family with all these damning secrets. They’re all stuck together for the holidays, and everything is about to EXPLODE. I LOVED the characters. You’ve got a daughter planning a wedding, her sister who just returned from treating a terrible epidemic and who may be contagious??, a mother and father with awful secrets of their own, and other people ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seven Days of Us is a light, quick holiday read that is perfect for anyone who loves character studies. It was reminiscent of the movie The Family Stone, which I very much enjoy watching every Christmas.

An entire family is quarantined under the same roof for seven days after one of the siblings comes home for Christmas after being exposed to the Haag virus. But she is not the only one dealing with problems. As the story unfolds, we see each family member has their own issues and secrets.

I enjo
Rebecca Carter
Seven Days of Us is a touching yet funny drama set over the Christmas period. Full of witty observations into family life and thought provoking moments, it was a pleasure to escape into over the craziness of Christmas time.

Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for the opportunity to read this ARC, in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over and over I’m drawn to books about families from the mildly flawed to the seriously dysfunctional. Before you draw any conclusions about my family’s skeletons, we’re not vanilla, but not all the way to rocky road, probably somewhere in the fruity middle. What draws me to these tales is how characters interact, the baggage they carry, the grievances they won’t let rest and overall how they adapt to one another especially when they’re related. It fascinates me.

This was an entertaining holiday
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel is set mainly over seven days during Christmas week, when a family have a seven day quarantine. Andrew Birch is a former journalist, turned sarcastic food critic. His wife, Emma, a loving mother who wants to have a perfect family Christmas now that her daughters are both home for the holiday, despite having concerns of her own. Then there are the daughters; Phoebe, who has recently become engaged to George and Olivia, who has returned from Liberia, where she has been treating the Haag ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Well one third of the way through this book I didn’t think I could take any more of this family and it’s British-ness, so up tight! I have four daughters and son in laws and five grandchildren so I know a bit about family get togethers. It’s true that often when we are all together the girls drop back into their slot in the family, oldest, baby, funniest, most laid back, etc. This family didn’t seem to have any humor to tie them together but I muddled on. But SEVEN DAYS, we never go more than fo ...more
Cindy Burnett
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
Seven Days of Us starts out slowly but stay with it because it is one of the best books I have read in a while. Told in alternating viewpoints, the Birch family chronicles the seven days they spend in quarantine (or as the patriarch Andrew Birch calls it “Haag arrest”) following the older daughter Olivia’s return from Africa where she was treating a deadly ebola-like virus called the Haag virus. Each Birch member has secrets that are slowly revealed as the story unfolds. Francesca Hornak masterf ...more
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Francesca Hornak is a British author, journalist and former columnist for the Sunday Times. Her debut novel Seven Days Of Us was published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in October 2017. Little Island Productions and Entertainment One have pre-empted TV rights to the book.

Francesca's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Economist, The Fina

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