ARC Review: The Spa Break by Caroline James

Good Morning All,

Happy Bank Holiday Monday. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Easter weekend. It’s been so nice to see a bit of sunshine and I have taken the opportunity to get out into the garden and start making it look a little tidier ready for the summer. Weirdly, it has still felt a little chilly in the evenings and so I’ve still been cuddling up with a book in front of the fire.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @0neMoreChapter_ and @CarolineJames12 for this advanced copy of The Spa Break in return for an honest review. The Spa Break was published on 15th April 2022 and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Best friends Bridgette, Emily, Serena and Marjory are on a weekend away to celebrate Bridgette’s seventieth birthday. The spa retreat they are on promises relaxation and tranquility and the ladies are definitely feeling ready for the time away from home.

What they all quickly realise, is that this spa weekend could be much more than massages and manicures. Age really is just a number and this group of ladies are very much still in the game.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

As soon as I saw the cover for this book I felt a sense of fun. Those ladies look like they’re mischief and I was looking forward to finding out what they were going to get up to on their break at Sparadise. I was pleased to find out that they got themselves into all kinds of trouble and met some fantastic characters along the way.

The Spa Break was fun, light hearted and uplifting but it was also very heart warming. These women had been written off by society or their family or their spouses but each one of them went through a transformation and it was lovely to read about them injecting some fun back into their lives.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

I liked each of the ladies equally. I thought that I may get a little annoyed by Bridgette to begin with as on the surface, she appeared a little snobby, but my mind was very quickly changed. I loved the friendships within the group and how these ladies had become close via a weekly swimming club. I genuinely would love to have a group of friends like this when I’m approaching my seventies.

As well as the main characters in the story, there are others for readers to fall in love with. I particularly liked Robin and Stevie; such a great couple and I loved the way they rallied for Serena. Norman was hilarious and I think everyone needs a Norman in their life if they find themselves in a bit of a rut.

Writing Style ✍️

This is the first Caroline James book that I’ve read and I really enjoyed her writing style. She was witty and was able to write the characters in such a way that had me rooting for them all by the end. There were some really funny moments in this book and I liked the way that the author weaved those in without making the characters or the story feel at all cheesy.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

The Spa Break was a fantastic story about friendships, love and rediscovery. Whatever the older version of coming of age is; these characters went through it. A great book that I would recommend for some light hearted entertainment and some good, warm, fuzzy feels.


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