Review of The Time Of Our Lives by Jane Costello





Three best friends. One five-star hotel. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime? Imogen and her friends Meredith and Nicola have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6 a.m. offensives for a space by the pool. So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona’s hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in unapologetic luxury. But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts back home, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan, while soothing a hysterical boss and hunting down an AWOL assistant.

Between a robbery, a run-in with hotel security staff and an encounter on a nudist beach that they’d all rather forget, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next. At least Imogen has a distraction in the form of the gorgeous guy who’s always in the right place at the very worst time. Until, that is, his motives start to arouse a few suspicions…


Thank you to the wonderful Simon and Schuster for kindly sending me a review copy.

When the opening line speaks the truth, you know it’s going to be a wonderful read… There’s a universal rule of travel that applies to any holiday destination on the planet: the sunnier the resort you’ve visited, the more ferociously it will piss it down when you land back in the UK. Well said Jane, well said.

The prologue of July 2006 introduces the three best friends; Imogen, Meredith and Nicola. They’re back in the UK after a crappy holiday. The narrative then fast forwards to 2012. Between those six years, what has changed? Well, a lot and readers are quick to find out. There are a lot of new aspects to their lives and quite a bit of drama as well.

Imogen is a very important business woman and despite us not seeing her at work, it comes across very clearly that she’s exceptionally hard working. The rest of the narrative is then split up into the days of the holiday. Imogen seems to have all the bad luck in the world. Before she’s even boarded the plane, she’s had a run in with two people and then when they’re finally in the air, she has the standard flight of screaming, uncontrollable children. When they arrive in Barcelona, it’s still not easy going. It’s one awkward event after another.

There are plenty of laugh out loud moments in the book. At several points, laughter tears were streaming down my face. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Naturally, there is a hot man in the book and to no surprise, we have one – Harry. Love the name, but at first, I really disliked him. What an arrogant man. Ugh. But thankfully, my first impression of him was changed and I began to really like him. This plot definitely teaches readers not to judge someone before you truly know them.

The chapters are short, sweet and straight to the point. I felt at home with Jane’s writing style. This is her best book so far!

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