As the engines started to roar on the “Normandie Express” I clicked open my Kindle and embarked on “A Proper Family Adventure”. OK so I was onboard a catamaran bound for France rather than a luxurious cruise ship but a girl can dream. I was soon ensconced in the third tale of the Benson family.
This time part of the family remain at home in Coventry whilst the rest set sail on the holiday of a lifetime cruising round the Mediterranean. I once had a brief tour of the Canberra whilst she was berthed in Southampton and my appetite was not whetted for a holiday afloat. Cruise ships have obviously come a long way in thirty years as life on the European Countess sounds very luxurious.
Squabbling children, grieving widows, teens on work experience, star-crossed lovers and a rather grumpy Teddy bear all add colour and excitement to our whistle stop tour around the Western Mediterranean. Each landfall is described beautifully and adds to unfolding drama. Our cross channel crossing was a little to short to finish the book but it was easy to ignore my own family and finish the book swiftly soon afterwards. Best of all…….the penultimate page promises that episode 4 will be in the shops in time for Christmas.
A Proper Family Adventure by Chrissie Manby, published by Hodder & Stoughton.
£7.99 paperback, £3.99 Kindle.