The Family Holiday opening line: The photographs in Charlie’s smart, glossy brochure seemed to have been taken in high summer.
Daphne was the glue that held their family together. But Charlie knows he has to do something to bring his children closer. Not knowing just how much effect a family holiday will have, he asks them to join him to celebrate his 80th birthday. Laura has to tell him her marriage is over. Somehow they all have to navigate Nick’s loss. And then there is Heather, Scott’s wife who the family has only met twice. Once at their wedding, and the second time at the funeral. Can Charlie get it right and will the adults and children all get along, living under the same roof for 10 days?
The Family Holiday
The Chamberlain family used to be close.Charlie and Daphne were happily married, and their children Laura, Scott and Nick were inseparable. But then, inevitably, the children grew up and their own messy lives got in the way.Since Daphne died, Charlie can’t help but think about happier times for the Chamberlain family – before his children drifted apart. His wife was the family’s true north, and without her guidance, Charlie fears his kids have all lost their direction.For his eightieth birthday, all Charlie wants is to bring his family together again. And by some miracle, they’ve all said yes.So, for the first time in a long time, the Chamberlains are going on a family holiday.It’s only ten days… how bad could it be?
What a wonderful novel, full of the angst of families just surviving real life. And a love story hidden among the pages that will give everyone who has lost, hope of a second chance.