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Summary

When Flora, James, and their two teenage daughters are offered the holiday of a lifetime in a chateau in the South of France in return for one simple good deed, they jump at the chance. But Flora didn't anticipate a mysterious guest and a whole heap of family baggage coming along too…. Their dream holiday suddenly takes some very unexpected turns.

©2015 Catherine Alliott (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Compulsively readable." ( The Times)
"Hilarious and full of surprises." ( Daily Telegraph)

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Enjoyable holiday read

Good entertaining storyline couldnt stop listening. Transported to the South of France with extended family enjoyed the characters and family relationships with many unexpected twists and turns to the story.

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  • H
  • 09-05-15

Slow burn

This starts slowly & I nearly gave up , but it evolves in a thought provoking and enjoyable listen . Glad I stuck with it

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  • LJ
  • 18-07-15

Not the greatest Catherine Alliott book.

Disappointing, storyline is weak and very predictable.
If you are looking for an easy listen without concentrating too much, this is for you. If you require something substantial with realistic story lines them give this a miss.

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brilliant!

fabulous book . listened to it far to quickly.had to know what was happening next!. very sad when it ended brilliant writing

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Not a book I warmed to

Sorry to say but....I didnt really warm to the main character in this book! Maybe because...The narrator was too efficient and almost always sounded stroppy!
The story didnt blend well for me either!

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Boring

How this book became a number one bestseller is completely beyond me. Drippy characters, no real depth to the plot, couldn't be bothered to finish.

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Brilliant feel good summer reading!!

Beautifully read, brilliant story I thoroughly enjoyed throughout. Excellent twisting plot I couldn’t have predicted.

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Great story

Great narrator. Lovely story. Chance meeting on a plane, leads to family holiday in France

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Enjoyable story line with a few unexpected twists

Well written story by Catherine Alliot. A good read for women 40 +. Reminds you that we all have history and dreams. Wonderfully narrated by Julia Franklin.

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Really enjoyed this a lot

Highly recommended - great plot and well written, especially characterisation. couldn't put it down. Also descriptions of scenery.

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  • G.Keyzer
  • 10-06-16

Far too long

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd take out half the adjectives . "Glorious" is certainly very overused .

What was most disappointing about Catherine Alliott’s story?

It started off well but sagged in the middle .

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

Very easy to listen to .

Was Wish You Were Here worth the listening time?

Most of it .

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  • Robin
  • 27-05-15

A disappointment

I always look forward to another book from this author. This one, however, was below average. The story line is thin without compensating charm, the characters annoying, and the narration breathy. Two stars because I made it to the end. I would skip this one.