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An Almost Perfect Holiday

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  345 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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 Lornas 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 . . .

Ems planned the perfect break with her teenagers
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Macmillan
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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
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
Andrea Pole
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
An Almost Perfect Holiday by Lucy Diamond is a charming novel that will certainly fit the bill if you are looking for a light and satisfying holiday read. I had not previously read any of Ms Diamond's work, but I will definitely keep an eye out for her books in future.

Lorna's cottages on the Cornish seaside are filling up for the summer season. Among the new crop of visitors are three women who believe that the holiday will provide the perfect escape. Em and Maggie hope that the break will
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has a lovely feel good factor. Lucy Diamond can write characters and relationships with such understanding and depth I found it easy to relate to every character in this beautiful book.

The three main characters in this book had their own struggles and their chance meeting in Cornwall on holiday opened up a friendship and unity which gave them each strength in themselves and what they could achieve.

We all imagine the perfect family holiday which sometimes turns into something
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed this one. Lucy does not disappoint x
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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
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
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
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I usually love reading Lucys 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 shouldve been marked with the characters name, as it bounced back and forth between them. As I was reading I had to remember who Maggie was, ...more
This is the story of three different women Emma, Maggie and Olivia. They dont 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 dont go well for any of them ...more
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.
Collette Mcgaahan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Perhaps this book might have been better read on a balmy summer evening or by the swimming pool on my holiday but it was a cold windy day in February and I didnt enjoy it much at all. The plot and characters just too light for me but I can imagine it will have a market. ...more
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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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
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
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy Diamonds books are always great escapism, and An Almost Perfect Holiday is no exception, though Id 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 her
Leanne Cramond
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy Diamond is my guilty pleasure author! She writes a fantastic womens 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 reads. ...more
Theresa Smith
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-bingo-2020
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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
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
An Almost Perfect Holiday is a funny and moving novel; essentially a piece of chick lit which looks at the concerns of (mostly) middle aged women.

Lorna rents out three small cottages as holiday homes with new guests coming every week or fortnight, theres always someone new to meet. Wondering about these peoples lives helps Lorna to fill the gap left by her sons untimely death.

Em thinks shes booked the perfect holiday. A little expensive, true, but it looks beautiful. The perfect place for a
Mar 01, 2020 added it
What could be better than a fortnight in a beautifully converted holiday cottage in Cornwall? Two whole weeks of relaxing around the pool, getting away from the stresses of everyday life.

Emma, Maggie and Olivia all imagine that this break will do them the world of good, and Lorna, the owner of the holiday cottages is delighted that that summer is here and visitors are returning.

Emma is excited because five years after her divorce, she is in love again. She's invited her new boyfriend George to
Megan Jones
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The holidays are here, and down in Cornwall Lornas 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. Ems 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? Maggies hoping a seaside holiday will bring her and her daughter closer together, but when her ex makes a surprise ...more
Susanne Scott
What an absolutely amazing book. I admit I went into this book quite blind, Ive read Lucy Diamond before and I knew I was going to get a great all round read full of honesty and real life. Needless to say I was not disappointed!
I identified with all the women in this book at one time or another. Being a mother of 4 teenagers I could certainly identify the sometimes heart breaking changes you have to face as a mother when your children reach a certain age and Mam and Dad just arent cool and
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is based around a complex of holiday cottages located in beautiful Cornwall and owned by Lorna and her husband Roy.

Although the location is stunning, and the cottages welcoming, things don't go to plan for any of the families staying in the holiday rentals. Three women, all experiencing different stages of motherhood, find themselves connecting, sitting around the communal pool one evening. They look back at some of the mistakes they made with teenagers who test the boundaries and
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 Diamonds 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
Nicola Mackenzie-smaller
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
As usual, Lucy Diamond has written a lovely, enjoyable book, full of domestic drama, laughter and hope.
Three women meet at a group of holiday cottages in Cornwall. They are all struggling in some way with the challenges of raising children and the almost perfect holidays they eventually have take some getting to. Teenage escapades, ex-partners and a big secret bring the women together and some resolutions are found by the end. A comforting, easy read which I probably should have saved for a
Sara Oxton
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Almost Perfect Holiday by Lucy Diamond a fulfilling five-star read. This was an overall great read, but there were parts that I didnt like as much, it just dragged a little bit. This one wasnt what I was expecting as it was more female friendship and less romance, but it was what the author always manages a great read that will entertain and enthral. Tuck into this book and allow it to take you away to a Cornish seaside, while away the hours listening to the tide of the sea in your mind. ...more
Christine Rennie
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the arc, which I have enjoyed reading. There is always an enjoyable smile of anticipation, when you start reading a Lucy Diamond book and An Almost Perfect Holiday was an engrossing and comfortable read. It was full of teenagers and mothers all on holiday for a fortnight in Devon. All of the disasters and anguish and tantrums that happen in real families were in the storyline. The book was fun to read and had a happy ending.
Highly recommended,
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno-2020
Fantastic book centring around three women in different circumstances. Heart warming, funny and entertaining with a few surprises along the way. I found the story telling enthralling and thoroughly enjoyed every page. Highly recommended.

Thank you Netgalley
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Took me a while to get the different characters in my head! Very clever story telling though and a great read.
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First of all, a confession. My name isnt really Lucy Diamond at all, its Sue Mongredien. Ive used a pen name because Diamond is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than Mongredien and also because Ive written lots of childrens books too and wanted to keep the genres separate. (There is actually another Lucy

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