My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2 days
Pages - 493
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Source - Amazon buy
Blurb from Goodreads
Shirley Valentine, eat your heart out!
Ven, Roz, Olive and Frankie have been friends since school. They daydreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romance and fabulous jobs. The world would be their oyster.
Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people's houses to support her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring partner Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time.
But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realize the dream they had of taking a cruise by the time they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home,on the high seas. But can blue skies, hot sun and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence distract from the tension and loneliness that await their return?
A bunch of friends in high school, close as can be and dreams of when they grow up. Twenty five years later and one big fall out the dynamic four and more a three. Married, divorced, unappreciated - meet Roz, Ven, Olive and Frankie. When Ven wins a competition for a cruise of a lifetime she takes her besties and plans to get the girls back together. Not all is it seems for the girls and this cruise will have a bigger impact than any of them could have thought.
So we get a wee glimpse into all the ladies lives, Roz cannot get over a betrayal and even after four years it is still having huge repercussions. Olive is a skivvy, any time I read the passages with her home life I was livid, her mother-in-law, husband and their relative. She is so unappreciated, they take total advantage and it just ripped my knittin! Total compelling reading because you just wanted to know what was coming next, will they get their comeuppance?
Family dramas, friendship, heartache, betrayal, love, infidelity and getting to travel the globe through the characters on a cruise ship. I have never been into the idea of a cruise ship but after reading this I so want to go on one! I have read Johnson before and will read her again, I actually have another few of hers on my tbrm, 4/5 for me this time!