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13 June 2021

Book Review: The Summer Holiday by Jo Clegg *AD gifted

Orion sent me a free copy of The Summer Holiday by Jo Clegg ahead of the blog tour.

Hello, beach read, I have needed you. The Summer Holiday is a fantastic summer read that will have you shaking with laughter and reaching for a glass of wine. Best enjoyed in the sunshine.

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Two weeks.

Two Families.

What could possibly go wrong…

Claire Swift can't think of anything worse than another holiday with the Wellbeloved family. The last trip together was a complete disaster - yet somehow, despite Claire's best efforts, they're all off to the Cornish coast again this summer.

So, this time she's coming prepared.

But becoming a domestic goddess to keep up with perfect Honor Wellbeloved isn't easy - especially when Claire is known for being clumsy and burns every meal she makes. And it's not long before her carefully laid plans are going spectacularly wrong.

It's only two weeks, what's the worst that can happen?

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, friendship, image, expectations, confidence.

You know when it's a gloriously sunny day, and all you want to do is lay on the beach and get lost in a book? This is it, this is the book. 

The anxiety of when that person comes to your house? Nailed it. It made for a hilarious start, even if it did have me contemplating when I last cleared out my kitchen cupboards... And the answer was pretty much immediately after reading this. 

Claire is a mess. She's a disaster. She's a slummy mummy, an undomestic goddess, and she's a marvellous person. She is so full of love and generosity, and yet her confidence is rock bottom. She's always comparing herself, but in the wrong way. I wanted to give her a good shake sometimes, but her heart is in the right place. Ben is a great husband for her, although I didn't like that he seemed to push friensdhip with Honor on Claire.

She's a side character, but I loved Katie. I loved her snark, her low level anger at the world and the patriarchy, the way she pushed Claire and wanted her to be the best version of herself and know her worth. We all need a friend like Katie.

I liked the little things, like references to Grand Designs to show the level of wealth. I loved how subtly patronising Honor could be, and I think my favourite part of the whole book was the visit to the new house, the disastrous hill walk - I felt it. I was Claire, covered in mud. 

The Summer Holiday is the perfect read for your own summer holiday. Prepare to laugh out loud and shake your head is despair at Claire's antics. It's very fun and perfect for the beach.

What have I done to deserve this?

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Jo Clegg's brief stint as a stand-up comic ended when a promoter told her she was really funny until she got on stage. After ten years as a producer in TV and radio comedy, Jo became a scriptwriter. Her scripts for children's TV, including BAFTA and Emmy-award winning Hey Duggee, are represented by Jean Kitson at Kitson Press Associates. Jo now makes adult readers laugh as well with her contemporary novels, her debut The Summer Holiday is released in 2021.

To learn more about Jo head to her profile on Twitter @jocleggwriter


  1. I saw laughter and wine and was sold. I think I need this, if only because my kitchen cupboards are in desperate need of a clean

  2. Oh I know exactly how that feeling of anxiety of having someone in your house feels. It's excrutiating! This sounds like a good summer read



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