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Summary

The joyful, sharply observed and life-affirming Christmas story for fans of One Day. Also a Radio 2 Bookclub pick. 

It's Christmas and for one whole week the Birch family is gathering under one roof.

Olivia, the eldest daughter, has returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must go into quarantine for seven days.

Her mother says it's the perfect opportunity to spend some 'quality time' together.

Her younger sister wholeheartedly disagrees.

Her father isn't allowed an opinion - but is determined to offer one anyway.

When no one can leave the house, and no one can enter, life for the Birches feels like an eternity.

Especially when they're all harbouring secrets.

One of whom is about to come knocking at their door....

©2017 Francesca Hornak (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"Loved it! Warm and humane, funny and sad, with a great, twisty plot, Seven Days of Us is absolute pleasure reading from beginning to end. Francesca Hornak is a true talent. Just gorgeous!" (Marian Keyes)

"One of the best books of the year." (Hello!)

"I loved this comic drama...the plot is genius...and the results are hilarious and touching." (Daily Mail)

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Let down by poor narration

After reading rave reviews about this debut novel I was really looking forward to listening to it. Unfortunately I was unable to finish it as it is let down by very poor narration. The characters are portrayed as very self entitled and I had little empathy for them or interest in the story.

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I loved it!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I wonder if perhaps those who didn’t like it, wrongly expected a lighthearted Christmas tale. This is an original story of a family thrust together for a sustained period over Christmas. Personal issues abound. Each of the characters are well drawn and engaging. I have occasionally found Jilly Bond unsuitable as a narrator, but I think she is perfect for this book and she does a great job.

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Such a brilliant story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I had a slow start with it and had to go back to it to properly enjoy it but it was well worth it!

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sweet

This is just a lovely listen. A book that doesn't require thought. I just really enjoyed this book.

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Entertaining

An entertaining Christmas read. Particularly stirring for Christmas 2020 with quarantine and being maybe just a bit too close to family.
Would recommend for a warm cosy easy read

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so relevant to today and CV19

I found the book moving on many levels, particularly as I volunteer in Africa myself. Some of the story was A BIT contrived......surely as a doctor Olivia must have known she was pregnant for instance. I'm passing it on to friends.

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So topical!

I enjoyed this book. The writing is intelligent and original and accessible. The characters are credible and likeable. The story is fresh though shockingly recognisable after this year of lockdowns. The reader kept a good pace and a lively tone, though some of the male characters were read with irritating , hardly believable voices. I’m glad I chose this book.

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A Fantastic Story

This truly was a fantastic story. A story of a family going through the hardships of accepting one another as they are, the ups and downs; that they are 'simply stuck with each other' and building upon that. Its heartwarming and thoroughly well written, pulling you in with delicious descriptive text making it an easy listen.
Highly recommend!

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Christmas Novels Should NOT Have Tragic Endings!

Excellent narration, and I enjoyed this steadily building novel until the end. When I didn't. But if you can cope with a bit of tragedy at Christmas, listen to the book!

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thoughtful fun with a lovely mix of characters

I am reading this book for my book club. Its been a lovely mix of characters, family challenges, realisations and good old fashioned story telling.