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Book Review: The time of our lives by Lynda Page

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5

Plot:

When Rhonda Fleming runs away from home the last place she expects to end up is at a Jolly’s holiday camp. But a chance encounter with a chalet maid at the train station leads Rhonnie to Mablethorpe on a cold winter’s day and her life changes for ever.

Thrown in at the deep end working for the boss’s wife, Rhonnie discovers there’s never a dull moment at Jolly’s – particularly with staff like Dan around. From the beauty contest by the pool to jiving in the Paradise dance hall and from the rollercoaster at the fair to sitting on a moonlit beach, the holidaymakers are guaranteed to have the time of their lives. But when the boss’s son reappears nothing can prepare Rhonnie for what lies ahead…

My verdict: A heartwarming and drama filled novel filled with hilarious anecdotes surrounding the holiday camp and as a reader you truly feel the highs and lows of each main characters and see each characters reactions to crisis and the thick skin they have to have to work in the holiday industry.

A quintessential romance about second chances and finding true friends and family. A lighthearted series sure to delight fans of Dreamboats and Petticoats as well as Call the Midwife, Annie Groves and Ellie Dean. Page writes with such emotion is able to transport you to Jolly’s camp through her vivid descriptions and nack of creating a cosy atmosphere with hits of drama sprinkled throughout. You feel as though you are one of the staff members of Jolly’s and care deeply about the characters and want to see them blossom throughout the series. Creating detailed characters with flaws and positive traits instead of stereotypical caricatures is Lynda Page’s strong point – pure escapism can’t wait to continue reading the series on these summer nights tucked up in bed with a hot cup of hot chocolate… Bliss. If you like this you’ll love my book Carefree and Consequences.

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