Book Review for SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak
SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A story about relationships, secrets, and family.
SEVEN DAYS OF US is the Christmas story I never knew I wanted to read. Hornak manages to capture the dysfunction and realness of this family with heart and humor.
Here is the thing. I have said it once and I will no doubt say it again, but I truly enjoy stories about real people. When an author creates characters and gives them dimension, it allows the reader to invest in who the story is about. A flawed and honest person within the pages of a book is the best kind for me. This is exactly what I got with SEVEN DAYS OF US. I was able to enjoy a unique cast as they struggled to interact with each other as a family.
This book will take the reader through all the emotions. The ups and downs everyone in the Birch family's quarantined holiday opens them to sincere conversations, funny moments, and the possibilities of what the future could look like. I loved every moment I spent with them.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.
As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides 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...
About the Author: Francesca Hornak is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Red. She is the author of two nonfiction books, History of the World in 100 Modern Objects: Middle-Class Stuff (and Nonsense) and Worry with Mother: 101 Neuroses for the Modern Mama.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 16, 2018)
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