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    Funny & Entertaining!

    I really enjoyed this one - quite fancy running away for a weekend now! Julia and Charlie bought and moved into a 'do-er upper' in a road when the other side has much more upmarket houses - and the posh neighbours to go with them. So when they're invited to the summer party in the neighbourhood at Lexi's home, Julia dreams of a night of fun and glamour as a change from stripping wallpaper. But when one of her WhatsApp messages falls into the wrong hands, she can't get far enough away . . . I thought I would know how this one would play out, but I got that wrong. Not the romantic escapade I expected, this was much more fun! Once more I found myself lying in bed, desperately trying to giggle quietly and without disturbing my sleeping husband - I'm very lucky he's a heavy sleeper! There is a good, solid story in this novel and it's packed with laughs. A well-thought out tale with cracking characterisation and smoothly flowing writing, it kept my focus until the very end, and I closed my kindle with a smile and a lightness of heart.  A terrific summer read, perfect for the back garden or, if things change, poolside or on the beach. Either way, it's definitely worth adding to your reading list - trust me, you'll feel better for it! Absolutely a 4.5* read.
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    Quirky road trip

    This was actually quite a quirky read about two neighbours who inadvertently end up on a road trip in France due to random circumstance. Julia is dissatisfied with her life, especially compared to the insta perfect life of some of her neighbours, Amber (who has zero time for the insta neighbours) is battling to keep her beloved job whilst trying to manage a family issue that she thought she’d resolved. Both are very different people but it makes them a good balance overall and there’s some good thought provoking moments. The other characters are fun and the overall chemistry between them all is very believable. This is a great summer read but with some food for thought in some respects.
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    The perfect summer read!!!

    The perfect summer read!! And indeed perfect for lockdown reading as you get to escape abroad. This is the first book from Jenny Oliver I have read, and loved it. I was immersed in the characters and story within a couple of pages. Julia is off to her neighbours summer party, which is the embodiment of perfection for the Instagram pages of every one there. What happens that day means there is only one thing to do......Run away! The characters and situations are brilliant! Well observed, interesting and literally a joy to read. Need to check out more from this great writer. Highly recommended warm imaginative read. Brilliant!!!
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    Running away feel good story

    Julia has descended into a life of envy and copying her neighbours. She and her husband Charlie have over-extended themselves buying a house which they can't afford to redecorate to their own tastes. Their neighbours are yummy mummys who shop at Whistles, granite worktops, hot water taps and hot-tubs. In comparison Julia buys her clothes at H&M and TK Maxx, arguably she buys things that look just like their more expensive rivals but really she's just copying whatever the cool kids are wearing/doing. Julia thinks she's one of the gang, until a mix-up at a party with mobile phones shows that she is very much an outsider and some of her very personal texts get shared. This was such a sweet, fun, summer read. I think we've all felt a little like Julia, trying to fit in with the glamorous people and not realising that we have started ape-ing them a little too closely and have lost our individuality. When Julia flees the party she has no idea where she's going but her journey is emotional as well geographical. Can running away really help you discover what's real? Loved this, loved the characters, loved the plot, loved everything about it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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