Monday, October 23, 2017

Seven Days of Us
by Francesca Hornak

Publisher: Berkley NAL
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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…


Kritters Thoughts:  Imagine being stuck in your home with your immediate for seven days under quarantine and adding in its the week of Christmas with heightened feelings involved!  Although I wondered from the beginning how real this could be and if the government would allow you to quarantine yourself and would have you quarantined with your family, it still made for a fun story.

Olivia and Phoebe are sisters, but that is as far as the similarities go.  They were raised in the same home, but thats about it.  Phoebe is still living and home and waiting for her prince charming to sweep her off her feet.  Olivia is the cause of the quarantine and has spent her life from adventure to adventure.  With Emma and Andrew their parents each holding secrets, the seven day quarantine will be full of fun drama!

I loved the story.  Although I may have rolled my eyes a few times at the plausibility of it all, I still loved seeing a small immediate family hash out the past and the present and try to reconnect and love on each other.  

If you are a fan like I am of the family drama then this one is right up your alley.  I will warn that it is set in England and definitely has a British feel to it, so if that isn't your thing, I would warn you against this book.  BUT if you don't mind a little Britishness in your reading, then this one is just great!


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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