He’s smiling down at me with tears in his eyes as I say my solemn vow:
‘I, Laura, take thee, Matthew, to be my lawful wedded husband…’ I thought I would never feel like this about anyone ever again. Not after my first love… Not after the heartbreak and the loss and the trying to pick myself back up again…
Then I met Matthew, and I know that he has my heart forever: my perfect, gorgeous, adoring Matthew. And then I wake up. And I remember that he’s not perfect. He’s so far from perfect that my heart could surely collapse from the pain that instantly engulfs me…
To say Laura is unlucky in love is an understatement. Her first boyfriend died in a horrific accident, and now she’s just discovered that her husband of six months has been hiding a terrible secret. Devastated and unwilling to face reality, she escapes on a girls’ holiday to Key West with her best friend Marty. But a deep and instant attraction to a sexy Cuban scuba diver takes her completely by surprise.
When her two weeks in the sun come to an end, Laura doesn’t want to go home again. But she can’t run from real life forever. Can she?
The Longest Holiday was quite predictable, but with Paige Toon you know what you’re getting- light, entertaining chick lit which (hopefully) will all work out OK in the end!
There were quite a few ‘heavier’ topics- to start with Laura has found out her new husband of 7 months has cheated on her on his stag do, plus some of the characters experience or have experienced quite hard or upsetting times, but the overall tone of the novel is still light and fairly humorous.
The characters are quite well developed; I wasn’t sure about some of them to start with, but grew to like some of the characters more. However I did feel like Laura and Leo’s relationship developed all of a sudden and perhaps wasn’t completely convincing which was a shame, but didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the story.
Paige Toon, as usual, takes you through a range of emotions with The Longest Holiday; I did think to myself ‘how would I react in the same situation?’ and I feel like I would definitely just want to get away too. Don’t want to ruin the ending but I’m glad with how it ended (well, party of it anyway!)
I enjoyed reading this but not sure it tops my chick-lit list- worth a read though (especially if you’re off on holiday)!
Are you a fan of Paige Toon? Have you read The Longest Holiday or any of her other work and what did you think?