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A family is quarantined together over Christmas, after the eldest daughter returns home from her time working as a doctor in an infectious disease crisis. Tensions arise, arguments ensue, secrets come to light ... will the family survive their week locked in together? Seven Days of Us is a easy, fun read you'll get through over a weekend. The story is told through the perspective of each character, which is always a useful plot device. There are some plot holes regarding this invented disease, Haag (assume it's a fictional ebola-like virus), that I found distracting and unrealistic ... but that's mostly me being picky. I wouldn't say this book stood out to me, but it was fine.
This book reveals the influence of technology and short attention spans with its very short chapters and single ideas. The story is of a family forced to spend seven days together in Norfolk over Christmas. Amazingly, all their issues are resolved!
I found this to be a bit comical - as the reader, you see the different perspectives of each family member on a few key situations. A good read overall.
Locked together for 7 days because of Olivia’s return from Africa where she’s been working at a hospital dealing with an epidemic. The family needs to be quarantined. During this time they learn a lot about each other and themselves. Its not a British farce but at times with people coming in and out, it had the appearance of a farce without the humor.
With secrets and answers to secrets around every corner of this mansion, you can't help but get sucked in to this story! The family is familiar to modern day families and is easy to relate to. You know someone in your own life that is exactly like these characters and you can't help but compare them! With easy to read text and chapters, the author Francesca Hornak is able to keep you engaged right to the very end. I recommend this novel to anyone who needs to clear their mind with a good story.
I wasn't sure if I'd like the book, but it sucked me in from the first page. Nothing like an enforced quarantine from an exotic disease (fake thank goodness) to make a family come together over the holidays. I enjoyed all the characters immensely, and liked where the story went. It's a great read.
Really impressed. Stayed up late to finish, fast read but very engaging.
I loved the concept of a dysfunctional family forced to spend time together. I grew to really love the characters despite their (many) flaws. The pace started out quite slowly but by the end, I couldn't wait to pick up the book and I spent long periods of time reading "just one more" of the ultra-short chapters. An engaging, emotional read with some fun, lighthearted moments.
Want to know your family better? Spend a week over Christmas confined to your aging ancestral home. The Birch family is quarantined in Weyfield Hall, with their secrets spilled nearly every day. I smiled and sometimes laughed out loud. A nifty examination of family dynamics!
Holiday family drama abounds in this story of a British family whose members are quarantined for a week over Christmas when the oldest daughter returns from treating infectious disease in Africa. The story unwinds a bit slowly at first, but picks up speed in the second half as several family secrets come to light.
An engaging read about dysfunctional families that takes place over Christmas holidays, while all the family members are quarantined together after one of them returns from treating a deadly virus in Africa. Told in multiple perspectives, it is a fast paced read filled with secrets and revelations that will entertain readers. It is an emotionally difficult yet heartfelt novel filled with witty dialogue that poses the question "how well do we really know our family? Readers who've previously enjoyed "The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney are sure to enjoy this novel.
I really loved this book. At first it was amusing and well-written, but then I couldn’t put it down, and by the end, I wanted to move in and never leave them. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year.
Great holiday debut that is entertaining and funny!
A great holiday debut read!!