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An absolutely hilarious, unputdownable summer story about two best friends who pack their bags for the trip of a lifetime and promise to start living life to the fullest.

Maddy and Leanne are in need of a miracle. Maddy can't bear to wash another pair of her husband's underwear, and if he continues to drone on about golf, she might just scream. Leanne can't stand living with her overbearing mother for a second longer, and she's one disapproving eye roll away from a nervous breakdown. But their luck changes when they win the lottery.

Setting off from Dublin, Maddy and Leanne lease a red convertible, winding through Europe and heading for the sun-drenched French Riviera. But the pair have their own reasons for their adventure. Maddy has never forgotten her summer romance 20 years ago with a gorgeous Frenchman, and Leanne plans to track down the father who abandoned her as a child. 

Among glorious sunsets and buckets of bubbly, Leanne and Maddy are searching for answers after years of wondering "what if?". But there just might be some surprises in store along the way....

A hilarious and heartwarming story about friendship, living life to the fullest, and making the most of every moment. Fans of Fiona Gibson, Carole Matthews, and Lucy Diamond will adore this uplifting, fun-filled story. 

©2018 Susanne O'Leary (P)2018 Bookouture

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Decent Summer reading

The Road Trip was my first experience reading a book from Susanne O'Leary, and it was a delightful enough novel about friendship, dreams, and letting go of the past.

The premise of this novel is perfect for Summer reading. Basically, two friends, Maddy and Leanne, win the lottery and decide to go on the trip of a lifetime - a road trip around Europe. Both girls have something that they are seeking along the way. Maddy is looking to escape a dead marriage and find a past fling in Paris, and Leanne is looking to break free from an overbearing mother and reconnect with her long-lost father.

Following Maddy and Leanne on their trip, as a reader was entertaining and thrilling. I found myself enjoying their mishaps and experience. The descriptions of each city and hotel were simply gorgeous.

Nevertheless, I only rated the story a 3 out of 5. I chose this rating as a few of the situations seemed almost outlandish. Additionally, I found Maddy's character to be temperamental and slightly irritating ... especially towards Erik. I mean, I understand where the character's attitude came from, but, as a reader, I still found that it irked me.

Overall, despite some caveats, I did enjoy reading "The Road Trip." It was a nice, light-hearted read that was perfect for patio reading in the sun. I will be sure to check out the next instalment, "The Boat Trip."

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Lighthearted, fun & easy listen

I'm glad I chose this book to listen to for my drive to work. It kept me hooked, although the characters did irritate me a few times and some events seemed to happen all too easy. Nonetheless it was enjoyable and made me laugh. Well worth a listen if you want some pleasant distraction.