Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Baggage

We've all got it...


Summary (from Harriet Turner knows all about journeys. She’s arranged hundreds of them for her family’s travel agency. Now Harriet is joining her adopted sister, Lara, to lead a group through the Cornish countryside. But when Lara fails to appear at the airport as planned, Harriet finds herself in uncharted territory and suddenly alone with a busload of eccentric seniors. As the tour wends its way through the picturesque landscape, Harriet must uncover her sister’s whereabouts and confront long-held family secrets involving Lara’s arrival twenty-five years ago . . . not to mention keeping track of more baggage–real and emotional–than she ever expected. 

Review: I really wanted to love this book, but half way through I found myself skimming the pages. Pages and pages of detailed introspection by each and every character.

I did like that the so-called "Big Secrets" that were causing so much drama within the family were revealed fairly quickly. I'm glad I didn't have to wait until to the very end to find out what each character was struggling with, because for the most part, there was much ado about very little. But I suppose it's that way in real life. Everyone has something from their past that haunts them, but when it's said out loud, it really isn't that big of a deal to anyone else.

There were a couple of characters I could've done without but I understand why there were included. The bits with the busload of seniors touring the Irish countryside to relive a long dead TV program were fun, especially when the special guest arrives on the scene.

This is a cute summer read. If you're looking for something that has more depth than a stereotypical chic-lit but not super heavy and demanding, then this is a good choice.

St. Ives, Cornwall, England
Have you ever lead an overseas tour group?  Or been on a tour with seniors?  Leave a comment below (and pick up this book)~

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