The Time of Our Lives - Jane Costello (2014)

Meet Imogen, a stressed-out single mum, who works too hard and is in desperate need of a holiday. Her last one, six years ago, wasn't the best so when her best friend wins a luxury holiday in Barcelona - complete with VIP treatment - Imogen and her friends are more than thrilled. But from the flight down to the hotel, it is obvious that things will not be going to plan - with hilarious and heart-stopping results. Will Imogen, Meredith and Nicola finally get their dream holiday or will everything possible get in the way of what is supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime? From the start, this story has Jane's trademark humour and will have you laughing out loud. It's not my personal favourite out of her books but that doesn't mean it isn't great. It's funny, sweet and a definite page-turner. (AS)

The Time of Our Lives, by Jane Costello, is about a group of friends who jet off on a luxury holiday. The summary says: "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 . . . "

Jane Costello has written a digital short story ahead of the release of her latest novel, The Time of Our Lives. The summary of The Mini Break says: "When Sophie's best friend Anisha wins a five-star holiday in Spain, she jumps at the chance for some time away. But what neither of them realise is that there is a catch - a rather large catch. The five-star hotel is also a world-renowned golf resort. And its owners have offered the holiday on the basis of the girls' golfing prowess. Of which they possess quite literally none..."

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