Sun, sea and inescapable exes…
Peach is excited to hear that her sister, Di, is getting married. Of course, she would have preferred her little sister to be engaged to someone she’s known longer than a week – and the fact that his name is Charles doesn’t bode well – but who is she to judge?! Afterall, her own love life is non-existent, and who doesn’t love a destination wedding…?
Whisked away to the gorgeous Italian coast, Peach assumes her role as chief bridesmaid and, despite her reservations about the groom, she tries to ensure everything goes to plan.
But weddings are never straightforward affairs… throw in some unexpected guests in the form of ex-boyfriends and one night stands, and soon enough there is more drama than a reality tv show.
Can Peach keep the show on the road, or might she end up in a whirlwind romance of her own…?
Escape to the stunning Italian coast with bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranald and Mhairi MacFarlane.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Whenever I am invited to review a book by Portia MacIntosh, I know that I’m in for a treat. Life’s a Beach shifted that knowledge up a gear.
We often hear that books are impossible to put down, page-turners, gripping etc. This meets all of the above criteria and then some. I’d just finished reading a more taxing book and this was the perfect ‘palate cleanser’. A laugh a minute packed with repeated hilarious situations and misunderstandings.
The whole premise of this story rests on Peach learning that her sister is going to marry a man that she’s known for a week. Not only is she going to marry him, she’s doing it in a week’s time. To add to Peach’s disgust, the groom is the boy who took her virginity in 6th form and then lied to everyone about it. Clearly, this marriage cannot go ahead.
Of course, the best man is a one-night stand that ghosted Peach, clearly a sign that this marriage is doomed.
There you have it, the scene is set for a comedy of errors and faux pas which would give the bard a run for his money. From drunken games of spin the bottle, to jealous exes being invited, it’s a non-stop tale of awkward situations.
It’s hard to pick a favourite character, but Cousin Vanessa was a hoot. The kind of girl you want to have on your side, to lift you when you’re feeling down and to always have your best interests at heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was the tonic that I hadn’t realised I needed.
Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 16 novels, including The Plus One Pact and My Great Ex-Scape. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real-life experiences.
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