Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak is a hilarious look at what happens when a family is quarantined together over the holidays. The entire time I was reading this book, I kept thinking to myself that it should be a movie. Hornak takes series topics and makes them funny. This book is about crazy coincidences and epic drama in one completely dysfunctional British family. What starts out as a family spending a quarantine quietly in the family country home, turns into something from a soap opera. Every member of the family has their secrets and lies exposed.
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Olivia Birch, the eldest daughter, is returning home from Africa after many years away from her family. She was treating a disease that is highly contagious and deadly and therefore, must stay in quarantine. With her is her self-centered sister Phoebe who is obsessed with her upcoming wedding; Andrew, her father who isolates himself to write scathing restaurant reviews; and her mother Emma who has a secret of her own.
Seven Days of Us has so many elements that make it such an enjoyable read. The release date of the book was October 17, 2017, and I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy. When I tried to explain this book, I found myself comparing it to so many books
I’ve read and loved. Yet, it is like nothing else I have ever read. So, I decided to make some recommendations for this book based on the some tried and true favorites!
If you loved This is Where I leave you by Jonathon Trooper or the Vacationers by Emma Staub, you will love Seven Days of Us. These books all feature families stuck together for long periods of time. Somehow, extended family get-togethers have a way of bringing out the crazy in even the most seemingly normal families.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a story about a large British family with more than their share of secrets and misunderstandings. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is the modern version of Pride and Prejudice. Although this Bennet family lives in the United States, this modern re-telling takes secrets and misunderstandings to a new level with modern technology. If you loved either of these books, you will love the secrets held within the walls of Weyfield Hall. (Love Jane Austen? You’ll love this post!)
Did you read and love The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny? If you loved the crazy family dynamic between the four Plumb siblings, you will adore the wackiness of Seven Days of Us. I don’t want to ruin the plot by giving any spoilers but, don’t let Olivia and Phoebe trick you into thinking that anything will go smoothly in the Birch household. Just because there are only two sisters does not mean that there will be any less drama.
Finally, if you read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and loved to read about this train ride from hell, you will certainly enjoy the ride with the Birch Family. Emma Birch has the idea that a family vacation at the dilapidated Weyfield Hall is what the family needs. Little does she anticipate all that can happen when the family is isolated in their remote estate.
Seven Days of Us is a fun read that is un-put-downable. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of the book.