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…


Although I have most of Jane Costello’s novels waiting on my kindle to be read, I have never picked one up and read one. When I saw she was speaking at the Glitterati event I was going to attend, I bought this book and delved in. I am SO glad I did. This book is beyond phenomenal. One of the funniest, laugh out loud books I have ever read. It is so cleverly written, I really cannot believe I waited so long!
This book is set in Barcelona, it is the perfect setting for the glamorous holiday that Imogen, Meredith and Nicola go on. City, beaches, historical landmarks and nice bars and restaurants, I’ve never been but this book has made it move swiftly near the top of my list of places I need to visit!
Imogen is the lead protagonist, and as you can see from the blurb, isn’t having quite the relaxing time she was hoping for. She is a workaholic and just wants to unwind, but can’t seem to catch a lucky break. Right from the airport, one disaster after another just keeps happening. While I would hate any one of these things to happen to myself, it is quite comical to read, as bad as I felt I couldn’t help cracking up time and time again. Overall though Imogen is a lovely person, and I felt so sorry for her bad luck, but she held it together very well! She also found time to be supportive to her friends who each had their own issues, absolute wonderwoman!
The leading man Harry was very dashing. That’s all I can think of to say without spoiling some of the book, but needless to say he is everything you want in a man.
Her two best friends are both great friends, exactly the people you want to go on holiday. Nicola was the more sensible one I think with Meredith being the one who always seems to just want to have fun. You soon get to understand though, that Meredith is just insecure about her future. I really loved both these characters.
This book had me laughing and crying, mostly through to laughter, but it also has a few moments that really made me holding my breath, waiting for the inevitable moment that would break my heart a little. I literally could not put this books down, this is one book that is really easy to pick up and not notice the hours fly by! I need to read the rest of Jane’s books ASAP!
Published by: Simon and Schuster UK
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