David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced ONE DAY in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014. Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?
I liked this book more than One Day, maybe because I empathised with the "empty nest" syndrome. As the story takes us on a tour of Europe, this book would have been ideal to read on the holiday beach but there is plenty to entertain if snuggled up at home. Will the final family holiday tour bring them closer together as a family or will they each find their own new paths. With flashbacks to their youth when they met, this wry & quietly witty story makes us think about the choices we make, marriage & family life - all in an easy read.