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An Almost Perfect Holiday

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An Almost Perfect Holiday is a warm and witty story of friendship, family and hope, by the Sunday Times bestseller Lucy Diamond.

The holidays are here, and down in Cornwall Lorna’s cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way . . .

Em’s planned the perfect break with her
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Macmillan
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Akcherrybomb
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Following the lives of four very different women all at different stages of their life. Pop on down to Lorna & Roy's holiday cottages in Cornwall where all the families come together.

Em - a mum of two with a new boyfriend, her children are not prepared for the sudden tag along of George and his young daughter (who kind of sounds like the devil) as the two families try to blend together.

Lorna - still grieves for her son who died 20 years ago and struggles with her grief whilst running
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Shalini
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun warm story by author Lucy Diamond. It brought together four women with their own set of problems staying in the cottages in Cornwall.

Reading this author after a long time, I cherished the emotions that were evoked. The characters were varied, but with strength and vulnerabilities. Each of these women added a different color to the story.


The sun and sand of Cornwall were so vivid that I was soothed by it. Love, family friendship and the glitches that come with it made this a wonderful
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Lyndsay
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed this one. Lucy does not disappoint x
Angie F
I think Lucy Diamond has written some of the best romantic comedy in recent years and this one doesn't disappoint. Three very different groups head to holixay cottages in Cornwall but it isn't long before their lives intertwine. I loved the way the three women automatically gravitated towards each other especially when several bottles of wine are present. I think we have all done this on holiday, you think you will have nothing in common apart from the shared pool but it isn't long before you ...more
Sharon
This is the story of three different women – Emma, Maggie and Olivia. They don’t know each other, but all end up at the same holiday cottage complex in Cornwall. Emma, having booked the holiday after a few glasses of wine, takes her two teenage children, her new boyfriend and his young daughter. Maggie has booked a holiday away with her teenage daughter, and Olivia ends up there after running away from her husband and two young children after a ‘mini-breakdown’. Things don’t go well for any of ...more
Isabella
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really took me by surprise. I must confess I didn't quite 'get' into the story at the beginning and I was well into one third of the book when, suddenly, everything I had read previously started to make sense. By then I was amazed by the way the story slowly unfolds and the characters' motivations are revealed as the past is revisited. Add a few twists and turns, the right amount of suspense and a moving, tear-inducing epilogue and you have yet another beautiful, heart-warming novel by ...more
Jenny C
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is Lucy Diamond at her best. A book which explores relationships between mothers, their children and themselves in a holiday setting. The women characters are complex and interesting, their stories relatable and believable and I finished the book wanting to be friends with all of them. I also loved the holiday setting and that, though things did not always go to plan, their love for their families shone through. A definite summer must read from me!
Thank you to netgalley, the
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Sheri
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy Diamond’s books are always great escapism, and An Almost Perfect Holiday is no exception, though I’d suggest the holiday in question is rather far from perfect. Just as well, as an actual almost perfect holiday would make quite dull reading.

The story focuses on the occupants of three Cornwall holiday cottages surrounding a pool, and the owners of the cottages, Lorna and Roy. Em is on holiday with her two teenage children, new boyfriend, and his young daughter. Maggie is hoping to improve
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Emma
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is set in Cornwall, and features four Women who are on holiday in a complex of holiday cottages. As the holiday progresses they strike up a friendship with each other and share secrets about their lives.
The problems that they have are very realistic. Lucy Diamond writes books which are very engaging and relatable. This book is no exception, it is very well written and enjoyable to read. It was a little slow in places, but still a good read.
Theresa Smith
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-bingo-2020
Review to come...
Kim
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, 2020
I loved every page of this book. I could picture myself in the location very easily as we've recently had a wonderful holiday in a very similar complex with beautiful cottages and a swimming pool. Three cottages have guests staying and we follow each set of holiday makers and also the couple who own the cottages.
It deals with blended families in the initial baby steps, single parents, stroppy teenagers, sassy youngsters all trying to enjoy days in the sunshine. They are trying to keep everyone
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Leanne Cramond
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy Diamond is my guilty pleasure author! She writes a fantastic women’s fiction story that always revolves around families with some romance. Her characters and situations are real, and I often find myself laughing (or cringing) as I recognise myself, or others I know. In this story, three women from different situations find themselves all at a holiday spot in Cornwall. All looking for the ‘perfect holiday’ with or without family. Her stories are absorbing and make for good light holiday ...more
Agi
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, 2020

Three women that don't know each other end up at the same holiday cottages complex belonging to Lorna and Roy in Cornwall. Emma has booked the holiday after a few glasses of wine and arrives with her two teenagers, new boyfriend and his 7 - year - old daughter. Maggie hopes to reconnect with her bolshy and dismissive teenage daughter but a surprising meeting and request can put her plan into jeopardy. And Olivia, a young mum struggling with motherhood ends up there after running away from her
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Caroline Kerdouci
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holidays, like Christmas, can often not quite live up to expectations. Most of us have memories, amusing anecdotes of disastrous holidays from our childhood or later on in life. So what a fantastic basis for Lucy Diamond’s latest offering ‘An Almost Perfect Holiday’, since many of us will be able to relate to the type of experiences that the characters in this novel encounter.
Set in the idyllic surroundings of Cornwall, the writing style is easy, full of warmth and wit and humour. Following the
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Naomi (aplace_inthesun)
Summer in a cottage in Cornwall sounds ideal doesn’t it?

Three women from different walks of life with no shared history spend a couple of weeks during the summer in some rental cottages. They are all mothers and all at different stages of their lives.

Emma is recently divorced from her teenage children’s father and is in a new relationship with George who seems too good to be true. She invited him on the trip for a little romance and so he would get to know her children, she just didn’t bargain
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Anjana
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Usually, I do not agree with the categorisation of any book as Women's fiction solely because it is emotional. I actually saw one recently that was about a man and his relationship with his father labelled as such, which stunned me for a while. This, however, can be categorised as such with no qualms. Although others who do not identify as women could appreciate it, someone who has passed through one or many of the phases described here will take far more away with them than any others.

If this
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Megan Jones
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The holidays are here, and down in Cornwall Lorna’s cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way. Em’s planned the perfect break with her teenagers plus her new boyfriend, George, but now his difficult six-year-old is coming too. Will their romance survive the realities of parenthood? Maggie’s hoping a seaside holiday will bring her and her daughter closer together, but when her ex makes a surprise ...more
Allyssa (Book Ally)
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
AN ALMOST PERFECT HOLIDAY BY LUCY DIAMOND

This book follows three women Em, Maggie and Olivia. All women with very different personalities and with vastly different current life statuses and journeys to be had.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was unable to put it down. I dont think I have ever high lighted so much in a book before. In saying that I will not lie and say it was all for good reason.

At the start of the book I found some of the writing didnt quite flow or make sense to me. There
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Allyssa (Book Ally)
This book follows three women Em, Maggie and Olivia. All women with very different personalities and with vastly different current life statuses and journeys to be had.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was unable to put it down. I dont think I have ever high lighted so much in a book before. In saying that I will not lie and say it was all for good reason.

At the start of the book I found some of the writing didnt quite flow or make sense to me. There was one particular paragraph that switched
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Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am most certainly a fan of Lucy Diamond's books and was looking forward to reading something by her and thankfully I wasn't disappointed. Having said that, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the last one of hers I read. It's a little bit slow to start but warms up wonderfully and it ended up being a very enjoyable read.

There are three main characters in this story all of who have their own problems but for me Emma was the main lead and her story was enjoyable and her family very funny at
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Georgina
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m normally a big fan of Lucy Diamond, but unfortunately this one just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

Firstly, I found it took me a while to work out who was who and how they all fit together - for example, the first section from Izzy’s POV was a bit confusing, as it took me ages to remember that she was Em’s daughter! I personally agree with another review that suggested that using character names at the start of each section could have helped.

Now obviously the story follows multiple
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Mandy
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Three women – Em, Maggie, and Olivia – arrive for their holiday at a cottage complex in Cornwall. Each of them has a story, and each of them brings some baggage. Em is holidaying with her two teenagers plus her boyfriend George, but a spanner is thrown into the works when his ex alters their plans and he has to bring along his awkward 7-year-old daughter. Maggie is with her teenage daughter who is at the stage of despising her mother. Olivia is mum to small twin boys, and has some past history ...more
Sian
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve read a lot of Lucy Diamond books so was keen to read An Almost Perfect Holiday. Reading a Lucy Diamond book, is like having a big snuggly cuddle on the sofa. I love coming back to the familiarity of her story telling; knowing that you will meet characters facing dark pasts or some life complications, but ultimately knowing that in the end it will be ok.
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I loved the background of this book, set in a complex of cottages in Cornwall. The setting reminded me of many similar family holidays of
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A holiday in Cornwall, four women and their families, all come together and sort their lives out. As always Lucy Diamond writes real people and real problems very well, it is a story that made me smile, laugh and cry a little too.

This story brings all four women together, they each have concerns, heartaches and worries but this holiday is where they start to sort things out and see a future ahead of them. I liked the women, as I said they are very real people and very easy to relate to. I
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Jenn
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I usually love reading Lucy’s books but this one was a bit of a disappointment. I found it hard to get into the book and to keep the characters straight. The premise of the book was intriguing, following 4 different women and their families on holidays in Cornwall. As the book went along, I got more confused, as each story ran into each other. Each chapter should’ve been marked with the character’s name, as it bounced back and forth between them. As I was reading I had to remember who Maggie ...more
Alison Pashley
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed previous books by Lucy Diamond and this new release didn't disappoint.

From Olivia who is struggling as a stay at home mum to 3yo twins, to Maggie and Em who are both dealing with teenage strops and blended families, the main characters were likeable and well written. Even Lorna and Roy, the owners of the holiday cottages, have their own family issues that take an unexpected turn when the past catches up to the present.

The theme the pressure we put on ourselves to try and make
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Sally Tyrer
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read from Lucy! I have loved all her previous books and this was no exception!
Three very different women em, Maggie and Olivia find themselves at the same holiday cottages in Cornwall, they all have their own problems and altered family dynamics but come together during the course of the holiday and provide female friendship, advice and solidarity.This book really highlights how important and powerful female friendships are and that we are all guilty of pushing ourselves too
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Mel Garraghan-Moore
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The premise of the book is a family holiday in a small complex of three holiday cottages in Cornwall. In one is a single mum with her two teenagers and she inadvertently invited her new boyfriend who brings along his little girl.
In another is a single mother and teenage daughter whose relationship is fractious.
The third cottage has had a cancellation, last minute.I
Cue, dramas, secrets, lies and new friendships.
It's a great book with several major stories happening at the same time. Interesting
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Helen
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the authors I look out for on a bookshelf. I was not disappointed. One location of holiday cottages, 3 very different types of families at different stages in life. All carrying baggage from past relationships. When you want the perfect holiday with your teenagers, new partners or an escape from every day routine. High expectations and reality meet but also start a lot of reflective activities and the way forward. A book to sit back and enjoy and situations you can relate to.
Bring on the
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Sarah
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This took me a little to get into but once I’d got absorbed in the stories of Maggie, Em and Olivia I couldn’t wait to find out how they would play out. This isn’t high on action but it’s a very perceptive look at families and how the past affects who we are now. The trepidation of balancing family life and a life as a person in your own right will resonate with many and this snapshot of a week with three women attempting to do just that perfectly balances their experiences on holiday with their ...more
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First of all, a confession. My name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate. (There is actually another
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