Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (5 out of 5)

I found this when I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to read after the librarians of Timbuktu got through with me (see previous review). It was the perfect antidote after TMAQ (Too much Al Qaeda)! Remember the movie “The Royal Tennenbaums”? Think of that movie, but with English people and a little bit more lightheartedness, and that’s a fair idea of this book. This was a fun, heartwarming, FUNNY book. Family dysfunction was never as much fun as in this book! Don’t rush out to get it just yet, readers. It’s out October 17, 2017, from our friends at Berkeley (an imprint of Penguin Random House). But put it in your TBR list NOW, so you don’t forget about it down the road. 

Olivia Birch is going home to her family fir Christmas…reluctantly and about to be a major buzzkill as a result. Olivia is a relief worker who had been abroad treating a third world epidemic, Haag (think along the lines of the Ebola or Zika virus), and her partner (in the way you think, as well as in relief efforts) Sean is infected and quarantined. Olivia is forced to go into a week-long quarantine as well, with her somewhat estranged family. I say somewhat because her family has tried to break on through Olivia’s highly erected emotional walls for years, to no avail. She’s kind of a cold fish, to be honest. Her mother Emma is a wonderful maternal spark who just found out she has non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but she keeps it to herself so she doesn’t ruin Christmas and drive her family away. Her dad Andrew is a curmudgeon, known for his indifferent attitude toward everything that isn’t his well known food column and youngest daughter Phoebe. Emma and Andrew have that “comfortably numb” marriage that often happens after many years, and while both silently mourn the way they were, neither of them try to change it back to where it was. Phoebe is the life of the bunch, newly engaged to a guy her family doesn’t exactly love and with whom she has nothing in common with. And oh, he may be gay, as well. George is Phoebe’s snobby and self-absorbed fiance. And somewhere in LA, a young man named Jesse sends off an email that could change his life…to his biological father who probably doesn’t even know of his existence. He flies to England in his quest and ends up stumbling into this quarantine. Literally. What unfolds in those 7 days will have you laughing, shaking your head, laughing some more, and with that one final twist, crying. And thinking your family may just be sane after all! I highly recommend this one to anyone who needs a load taken off of their shoulders. It was wonderful. 

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~ by generationgbooks on June 1, 2017.

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