Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a solid story about a family shoved together for a week during the holidays because of a quarantine. The older sister, Olivia, has been working in an epidemic zone in Africa and might be contagious herself, and so the entire family has to stay at home. Of course they live on a property with a giant manor plus a bungalow, so it is not quite as "close quarters" as it could have been in a more middle class telling of this story. Interesting choice.
Each chapter changes perspective to a different character and lists the specific date and time of the events, and the book moves in linear fashion. There are also pieces of history coming out though, because Olivia usually skips family time even on holidays, younger sister Phoebe has just gotten engaged and is hoping to marry at the home, and an unknown half-brother has made his presence known to the father when the novel starts. The mother and inheritor of the estate has also received a cancer diagnosis, but has not told her family.
Very readable, probably best as a holiday or beachy read, but not something I can see sticking with me for long. Solid 3-3.5 stars.
Thanks to the publisher for providing early access to this title through NetGalley.
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