A family holiday- Bella Osborne

family book

Amazon details –

‘Heartwarming and funny from an exciting new talent’ – Katie Fforde

She’ll do whatever it takes to keep this family together…

As the nanny to four quirky but loveable children, Charlie French has learnt that if there was ever a cement shortage Weetabix would be a viable substitute and that YouTube videos can go viral in seconds, much to her horror. But, most importantly, she’s learnt that whatever happens you stick together as a family.

When tragedy strikes, Charlie is forced to decide whether it’s time to move on or fight to keep the children she loves. With the distraction of the children’s gorgeous Uncle Felix and the chance of a holiday in stunning Antigua, she’s left wondering if turquoise seas can wash away their present troubles. Is the pull of white sand beaches too tempting to resist or will paradise fail to keep them all together?

A gorgeous summery beach read, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Jill Mansell.

English Harbour, Antigua

My thoughts

This was a gorgeous summer read- ideal to pack in your suitcase . I enjoyed the descriptions of Antigua- which looks and sounds stunning. It has an unusual premise and didn’t follow the path I was expecting from the cover- which makes for a much more intriguing read.

It has at it’s heart- a family who are currently being looked after by Charlie, an unqualified Nanny, after an horrific accident. When social services meet up with the trustees they need to sort out a guardian – hopefully from one of the family members. I loved the children’s interactions in this meeting and can just imagine how they would have acted together causing mayhem and mischief.

Charlie herself is a young girl with a tough past- but I loved the way she connected with each child on their level and found ways to smooth their days in troubled times. I loved the way she soothed Millie, but also the way she could connect with Ted, the eldest lad who wasn’t that much younger than she was.

You really warm to Charlie for the security she wants to provide. The other characters add humour, romance also rears it’s head amongst the heady days in Antigua. You really immerse yourself in their holiday- hoping some miracle is going to happen, but also that they could all stay there and enjoy the ‘family holiday’ complete with bucket and spades,  boats, excursions to exotic locations and eating the delicious fresh fruit. You really do feel like you are there with them.

It’s the second book I’ve read by Bella and I do love her writing . I am looking forward to reading Willow Cottage.

With many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this one.

Sand,spade and bucket
Shot of the beach with a spade and bucket in foreground.



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