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emilies-book-club · 8 months ago
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Merry Christmas Eve! 🎄
Currently reading ‘Seven Days of Us’ by Francesca Hornak ✨
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cartonmanettedarnay · 8 months ago
Reading Wrap-Up: December 2020
*New Post* Come and see what I read in December in my final 2020 wrap-up! #ViictoriaReads #BookBlogger #ReadingWrapUp
Previously: A Tale of Two Cities Masterlist| Coming Soon: January TBR Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In the third book of The Camorra Chronicles we follow the Capo himself, Remo Falcone, as he falls for the captured Outfit ice princess, Serafina Mancini. I was extra excited for Twisted Pride in particular because Remo is such a fascinating character that I could not wait to spend some…
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rockislandadultreads · 7 months ago
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Books to read if you liked Schitt’s Creek 
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent - and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together. Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he's just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family's ancestral lands - and his pride. Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China. Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America - and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha’s lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters..
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors -- but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman. Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed "Lost Weekends"). But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go -- a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life.
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emilies-book-club · 8 months ago
Can you prescribe some books for me (Fiction) By the way, i am a begginer in reading english so pls don't prescribe me books with avery high level:)
Hi there! Sure - I don’t know what your preferred genre is, but I will try to make a list of some of my all time favorites - English is not my first language either, so I will list the ones that I read when I first started 💕
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell  - Turtles All The Way Down by John Green - Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith - Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak - The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han - Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Enjoy! 📚
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bookramblings · 2 years ago
Seven Days Of Us
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Author: Francesca Hornak
Published by:Piatkus
Pages: 380
My Rating ★★★★★
A week is a long time to spend with your family…
It’s Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years.
Olivia, the eldest daughter, has returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must go into quarantine for seven days. Her mother has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some ‘special time’ together.
Her youngest sister wholeheartedly disagrees. Her father isn’t allowed an opinion.
When no one can leave the house, seven days for the Birches feels like an eternity.
Especially when they’re all harbouring secrets. One of whom is about to come knocking on their door…
My thoughts:
Seven Days of Usis an engaging festive read featuring the dysfunctional Birch family, forced to spend 7 days together for the first time in years over Christmas and New Year. Told through alternating points of view, throughout the novel secrets are exposed, true feelings are revealed, and broken relationships are mended.
The story is gripping and the short chapters make for an engaging and highly addictive read. It's a contemporary fiction family drama novel told from the perspective of each of the major characters in the main family. The writing is intriguing, touching and hugely entertaining.
I felt the characters were distinct, well developed and interesting. They spend a lot of time self-reflecting and experience many introspective moments, which in my opinion is what makes the book such a worthy read. The plot iswarm, witty and engaging - a feel good story that explores the dynamics within the Birch family as they are forced to spend a tension filled week together in quarantine over the holidays.
Overall, I found this to be a wonderful feel good read, perfect for Christmas! Itis the perfect heart-warming family novel, a quick and whimsical little festive read. Seven Days of Usis the debut novel from Francesca Hornak, and I truly hope to read more fiction work from her in the near future! I highly recommend this one for a classic Christmas read.
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emilies-book-club · 9 months ago
Sarah Morgan is a great Christmas author, my favourite one is probably “A Wedding in December” but she has so many! Other than that I have just ordered “Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak but I haven’t read that before, so idk whether it’s actually good or not
I have also read “10 blind dates” by Ashley Elston which is very cute, and I’ve also written a review of it if you’d like to check it out: 
Hope this gives you some inspiration! ✨
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