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Summary

In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.

Admittedly, this isn't exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for - but it's the one she's got. With her sister Michele's family falling apart at the seams, it's up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.

But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can't help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with....

A glorious summer listen for you to devour in one sitting - perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.

©1968 Brockhurst Publications (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"I love all of Sue Moorcroft's books!" (Katie Fforde)
"Effortlessly engaging...a magical must!" ( Heat)
"A sparkly Christmas love story which had me cheering in the aisles! I want an Ava Bliss hat!" ( Julia Williams)

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Too whining to enjoy

Too whining. I disliked the whiny dialogue of Natasha she just grated on me and I had to stop listening. I also disliked the repeated 'baby number 3' analogy that was used too often. It became oh no not again for me.
Just too many teenagers arguing not enjoyable.

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A little too busy with no real umph

Pleasant but struggled to get to the end ...seemed busy but not engaging for my personal taste.
Characters seemed a little bland and all a little uninspiring.
Disappointed considering reading such great reviews.

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Who’s with whom in the partnerships

Long story for a short romantic finish but enjoyable, well written, fluid dialogue and a small twist in the tail . Well narrated and overall worth it’s rating.

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Bit boring!!

Very little story line and found it difficult to hold my concentration listening to it. But overall a charming story.

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One of Sue's Best

Would you listen to Just for the Holidays again? Why?

Definitely - it's a great read with depth, warmth and romance.

What did you like best about this story?

Sue's stories always have good research as well as a good storyline. I come away having learnt something as well as having enjoyed the time with the characters

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

It is very good. Her voice works well for Sue's stories.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had had the chance definitely.

Any additional comments?

An excellent book from Sue Moorcroft. It is realistic, believable and thoroughly enjoyable. I listened to the audio version and there were times when I found myself shouting at the book 'Nooo' when some bits occurred. I won't spoil it by telling you what. It is the perfect holiday read - unless you are going away with a very troubled family in which case wait until you get home! It is a great example of Sue's ability to write romance with some depth and believability and as always well researched. I always come away having learnt something - this time I know a little more about helicopters and their flying.

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Not quite right...

I enjoyed the story overall. But, at times, I was sick of heaing Michelle's voice and that of her daughtets.

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Awful Narrating

What would have made Just for the Holidays better?

To not listen with narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Just for the Holidays?

Turning off the narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The screechy, little girl like voice drove me insane form the start, to the point it ruined it.so much I had to turn the narration off. The voice didn't fit the age or type of character at all. It was like listening to some rubbish radio play. I do normally like narration but will make sure I do not have this person again.

Any additional comments?

Please be aware that the narration can ruin a book.

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Another can’t turn off story

Took a bit of time to get into this but the romance started fairly quickly before the inevitable misunderstandings crept in but great overall and loved the characters.

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