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Book Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

 Seven Days of Us

Francesca Hornak

Hachette

RRP: $37.99

This book made me laugh out loud at times and cringe at others. Not because of the bad writing, quite the opposite, the emotions we pretty much all because I could see how given the same circumstance most families would pretty quickly begin showing their own flaws, shortcomings, and idiosyncratic quirks.

Seven Days of Us covers a week of forced isolation over with Christmas period. The Birch family is made up of mum, dad and two adult daughters.  For most humans the few days with your nearest and dearest around Christmas often end up strained, imagine a week of it!

This story is delightfully told and whilst there is the odd bit that feels a bit “twee” the novel doesn’t pretend to be a literary masterpiece and is perfect holiday reading.

Characters are flawed, but real, and forgivable. Artful writing allows you to feel some empathy, if not sympathy at the silly situations they get themselves into.

The novel, at it’s deepest, touches on the roles we can be cast into early on in our family life; and how sometimes it can be hard for both the individual and those interacting with them to throw off preconceived and often outdated ideas of who and what we are.

This was a really captivating read, and whilst somewhat predictable, with an annoying (forced?) conclusion, I really did enjoy it and would happily recommend.

About the Author

Francesca Hornak is a journalist and writer, whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday TimesThe GuardianMarie ClaireRedGrazia and Stylist. Her column History Of The World In 100 Modern Objects first appeared in The Sunday Times Style Magazine in 2013 and ran for two years, later becoming a title with Portico. Francesca is also the author of a second non-fiction book, Worry with Mother(Portico).

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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