Summer Holiday Book Reviews

Summer Holiday Book Reviews open book with wine on a lilo

I do love a good holiday reading marathon. Life is so busy that I rarely have time to read more than a chapter throughout a normal week, whereas on holiday I can read solidly for hours on end. There’s nothing I love more when I’m away, (other than the sun, sea and spending time with the family of course) than sitting by the pool with my head in a book until the sun goes down…sociable, I know.

On our recent holiday I packed a few six books,  so if you’re looking for some summer reading inspiration, then here are my holiday book reviews…Happy Holidays!

Summer Holiday Book Reviews 

Summer Holiday Book Reviews four books on the wall with the sea in the background

The Runaway Princess | Hester Browne

Amy Wilde isn’t looking for love, that is until she meets Leo Wolfsburg. Handsome, polite, funny… everything Amy could want in a man. But Leo’s lifestyle is a world away from her own. Private planes, charity balls, exclusive members’ clubs- Amy begins to realise that her simple existence has been turned upside down.

This is a really long and predictably easy but likable girly read. It’s your typical girl next door meets a prince but she prefers her normal boring life, will they, won’t they (of course they will) standard sort of love story. With a few chuckles thrown in for good measure. A perfect sun lounging accompaniment- if you like a good chick read.

Beyond Tired Book Review Rating: 2/5

Philomena | Martin Sixsmith 

As a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee fell pregnant and was sent to a convent- a ‘fallen woman’. For three years after her son was born she cared for him there. Then the church took him away and sold him, like countless others, for adoption in America. 

The beginning and the end of this book had me in tears. The direction of the book was surprising to me as unlike the film, the book entirely focuses on her son’s life story, which of course is what Philomena had spent so many painful years yearning to discover.

For the majority of the book, I felt like I was being given a really dull American History class. Whereas I was expecting to learn a little more about Philomena herself and her life long search for her son. But it still made for a fascinating and moving story which left me angry. Questioning religious morals and quite frankly disturbed about the cruel reality of what was allowed to happen within the Irish Catholic community in the 1950s. Philomena’s story, like so many others, is simply shocking and painfully heartbreaking.

Beyond Tired Book Review Rating: 3/5

Until You’re Mine | Samantha Hayes

Claudia is heavily pregnant with a much-wanted baby, she has a loving husband and a beautiful home…and then Zoe steps into her life. Zoe has come to help Claudia when her baby arrives. But there’s something about Zoe that Claudia doesn’t like. Or trust…

Grrr-riping stuff. I’m seriously gutted that I didn’t save this book for my next book club suggestion. The follow up to the Haye’s brilliant Into the Darkest Corner (which was a huge hit with our book club last year) is a The Hand that Rocks the Cradle kind of thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat and screaming ‘no don’t trust her with your kids fool!’

With a brilliant twist to boot, this book will have you wrinkled like a prune, if like me if you prefer to read from the side of the pool.

Beyond Tired Book Review Rating: 4/5

Saints v Sinners- Katie Agnew

The LaFata family have it all- wealth, talent, beauty. Until the head of the family vanishes over the side of his yacht one dark night in Monaco, leaving behind heartbreak and confusion. What do you do when life gets too hot to handle…? 

Agnew’s books are my guilty pleasure. I’ve read every single one of her books- they are always filled with glamour, beautiful characters, wealth and steamy sauciness and I love them. Drop Dead Gorgeous is by far my fav book of hers, but this installment was a perfect sun lounging companion.

Complete and utter chick flick reading material that will leave you exhausted from all the drama and shamelessly swept away in all the scandal and gorgeousness that it has to offer.

Beyond Tired Book Review Rating: 3/5

Have you read any of my holiday picks? What books are you planning to read this summer? Let me know in the comments below. 

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