Type: Humor, Women’s Fiction
Arc Provided by Berkeley and NetGalley
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Available @ Amazon
Reviewed by: 2shay
Rating: 5 Stars
” Bloody Brilliant!!”!!
I am constantly surprised and delighted by the amazing stories that pop out at me from, seemingly, nowhere. I am so grateful to the publishers who trust me with these books, trust me to give each one a thorough and open-minded reading. Seven Days Of Us is a thoughtful, funny glimpse of a family quarantined together during the Christmas holiday.
Told from the viewpoint of each character, knowing the various opinions of each as they are trapped in a stodgy old mansion, viewing each situation from various parts of the house and grounds was a unique experience. One wanted Christmas at a cherished old home, one came grudgingly, one is too carefree for an opinion, one would rather be anywhere else and one was a complete surprise! It was fun and funny. I admit that the British sense of humor sometimes sails right over my head, I think I caught most of the humor in this one.
Don’t think, though, that this is a laugh fest. It isn’t. There is some humor, but this is a serious story with long-held secrets that can tear this family apart. A new secret, too.
I fell into this story and didn’t emerge until I read the last page. There may have been a few tears toward the end, but it was okay. I happily recommend this book to everyone. Grab a copy and…
About The Book……….
A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays…
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 must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.
For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while her older sister, Olivia, deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.
Their father, Andrew, sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent. But his wife, Emma, is hiding a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.
In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…