Blog Blitz and Review: The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke @VictoriaCooke10 @rararesources

Posted September 15, 2018 by sinfully in Blog Blitz, Chic Lit, Contemporary, Review, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

The Holiday Cruise

As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.

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My Review:

Hannah Davis thought she had the perfect life and marriage until her husband, Daniel, tells her he is leaving and has fallen in love with someone else. To top it all off, Hannah is about to lose her beauty salon because she took six weeks off trying to recover from her husband’s news. All of her salon clients have run off to a competing salon leaving Hannah with an empty business and even emptier wallet. Being stuck in a small village where everyone knows everyone’s business is not helping matters either. Everywhere she turns she sees Daniel with his new girlfriend which makes her pending divorce seem even more final. When a chance encounter with a nail client leads Hannah on a new path, it has the capacity to change her life for the better. Hannah has always wanted to go on a cruise, so what better way is there than to take a job on a cruise line working in their spa. Will Hannah be able to take her life back and become a new better version of herself?

Hannah is really down on her luck. Imagine being married and out of the blue your husband says he is leaving. Hannah is completely devastated and unable to cope with her husband leaving. She drinks too much and feels sorry for herself. Yet, she holds out hope that maybe Daniel will come back to her. I really felt bad for Hannah. I could see how much she loves Daniel and the life they had together. She never knew there were any problems with their marriage and Daniel certainly didn’t try to work things out. He just up and left leaving her to pick up the pieces and stand on her own. Now, she is about to lose her house and once that happens there will be nothing left for her in the village she calls home. So, taking this job on a cruise ship is a really good thing for hannah. Here she gets to be herself, learn how to love herself, and finally let go of the marriage she thought she could save. Hannah meets new friends and really starts to grow as a person. I loved seeing all of the changes as Hannah starts to come into her own and grow as a person. Hannah also meets a man and there is a budding romance on the horizon which I found to be really sweet and endearing.

When I first saw the title of this book I was like “OMG I have to have it!” I love cruising and all things having to do with a cruise. Seeing all of the sights, meeting new people, going to different locations has all been so fascinating to me. I am so glad Victoria Cooke really took the time to immerse me into the story and to actually make me feel as if I was there right along Hannah on the cruise ship enjoying the sites and all of the new people she meets and the friendships she makes.

The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke is a feel good heartwarming story that I wished would never end. I simply LOVED Hannah and I am so glad she learned how to grow as a person and she quickly became one of my favorite characters ever. This truly is a great summer read.

Author Bio –

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016

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