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Summary

Imogen and her friends Meredith and Nicola have had their fill of budget holidays. So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set and party. But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan. Between a robbery and an encounter on a nudist beach, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next.

©2014 Jane Costello (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Funny, sexy and moving – a hilarious holiday romp with a heart" Sophie Kinsella

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  • Di
  • 24-03-15

Laugh Out Loud

Really, really enjoyed this book. Very funny. There was a hint of slapstick comedy about the story that I loved. There is a sadness too that was beautifully explored. The narration was perfect. I did find myself laughing out loud while driving along. Perfect company in the car. Thank you.

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Fantastic

I loved this book, the accent was a bit different at first then it just added to the story - a bit predictable but a lovely escape

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good read

overall a good book! bit far fetched in parts but a good read and great story :)

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Great book

I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book . I literally laughed out loud at some of Imogen’s mishaps .
Storyline was slightly far fetched but I got into it totally .
Jane Fallon is one of my favourite authors and I’ve loved all her books .

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Holiday misadventures OTT. Some good sub plots . Story doesn’t ring true overall

Narrator very good. Main character ditzy with poor grammar (“me shoe” Etc) yet we are meant to believe she holds down quite an up market job. Series of many farcical misadventures from when she leaves the departure lounge then throughout her Spanish holiday. Too many mishaps making what was quite funny in places just too OTT. Quite a good laugh & some interesting sub stories running through the “hilarious” - got boring,- happenings. Very girly story. Quite entertaining, just a bit annoying too . Yes, I would read more by this author though.

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Totally unbelievable

Would you try another book written by Jane Costello or narrated by Alex Tregear?

Have read/listened to a few by her & narrated by Alex. This book just seemed to be a test of a scouse accent within a totally unbelievable storyline. Most of the’humour’ fails

What could Jane Costello have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written a more believable tale

What didn’t you like about Alex Tregear’s performance?

The scouse accent & the lack of attempt at a Geordie one

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

NO

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Didn’t do it for me.

Tried hard to listen to this, but I didn’t care about the characters and the humour and story didn’t resonate, so I gave up. It all seemed a bit forced.

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  • 07-05-17

Better Than Bridget

What made the experience of listening to The Time of Our Lives the most enjoyable?

This is one of the best written (and performed) stories I've come across in a while. The characters are well-drawn and the situations as realistic as they are ridiculous. It features three friends on one of the most eventful and least restful luxury holidays you can imagine. Yet all three still managed to come back in a better state than they left having had the time of their lives. The main character reminded me a little of the latest Bridget Jones (novel minus the twitter obsession.)

I laughed out loud often and shed the odd tear. The story was full of humour, depth and hopefulness and the characters and their accents were really well read by Alex Tregear. Highly recommended.

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enjoyable, romantic and funny in some parts

there were some scenarios that were just unbelievable but I can image it would be very Bridget Jones if it was made into a film.

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A lovely story

A great girly book. Both funny and romantic, with likeable characters and a good narrator.