Before I read this book I was quite excited by the prospect of tackling a book that was over my normal 350 page novel. Finally a book that would take me more than a day to read! Little did I know that it was going to be stubborn determination that got me through this lengthy long winded, boring novel.
Meet Tash, she's not the prettiest girl, not the most confident, and has been pining away for her childhood crush Hugo for what seems like forever. Upon a split with her boyfriend she goes to vacation with her family and oh does the love chaos ensue. Hugo, her crush is there and true to form he is the biggest egocentric jerk I've ever had the misfortune to read about. He feels the need to treat Tash like dirt for most of the novel and for the most part she just takes it lying down. Nials, a friend of Tash's brother also joins the family on holiday and while trying to get over his ex-wife falls into a drunken drug-induced stupor for most of the novel. While he's sorting through his enormous amount of emotional baggage he finds comfort in the warm awkward heart of Tash. There's some other subplots in here too, but there were just way too many to mention. Keep in mind that this is all happening over 800 some pages so there is a lot of needless blathering that could have been eliminated.
This book was just way too long. What had at first made me excited to read it made me want to poke my eyes out about halfway through. I just couldn't like Tash's complete lack of self worth and ability to always let everyone walk all over her. There were too many characters involved, maybe its my terrible American attention span but I felt my mind wandering more often than not while reading this novel.
Fun chick lit - read Well Groomed next to find out what happens to Tash, Niall, Hugo and the gang.
A huge book with plenty of family drama, romance and laughs. Tash French's life is falling apart in London, no job, boyfriend leaves and she is dead broke. She decides to take her Mom up on an offer for a family holiday in France. Tons of unexpected guests show up to keep this novel going. It had a slow pace, but I definitely enjoyed it! Also, you have to at least be semi-interested in horses, lots of horse training, riding and competing.