The Perfect Escape: Read our Review of A Week to Remember by Esther Campion

The Perfect Escape: Read our Review of A Week to Remember by Esther Campion

A converted stone farmhouse on the Irish coast is about to receive its first guests in this warmly captivating story for fans of Maeve Binchy and Monica McInerney

With its brightly painted front door, white-sash windows and garden path sweeping down toward the sea, Lizzie O’s guesthouse promises a welcome escape from the world.

Aisling and Mick Fitzgerald are travelling all the way from Tasmania to celebrate their wedding anniversary, courtesy of Mick’s mother. Aisling would’ve preferred a week in Bali, but their anniversary also falls on Mick’s 40th birthday, and he wanted Ireland. They’re both using this trip as quality time together, but Aisling is also burdened with a secret that could ruin their marriage.

Declan Byrne, exhausted from an unhealthy routine of long hours, takeaway and too much red wine, has spontaneously taken the week off to visit the village of his childhood summers. He runs into Edwina and Peru, who he knows from the building he works in.

Katie Daly returns to West Cork after an absence of 35 years to care for her ageing mother only to find she must confront her painful past.

Finally, Mia Montgomery is taking this holiday without telling her husband. She needs time to reflect and make some decisions about her life.

Each of this group of strangers is at a crossroads. And one week in the middle of winter may change all of their lives.

A Week to Remember is the third novel by Irish-born Australian author, Esther Campion, who many compare to the late Maeve Binchy. High praise indeed, and as I’ve discovered here, deservedly so. I’ll admit to a deep affection for Binchy’s books, and A Week to Remember really channels the same sub-genre of heart-warming stories set in small-town Ireland.

But Campion has taken the crown and polished it. Her novels are Australian-Irish stories, brimming with wonderful characters, each with their own issues to confront and compelling character arcs. Her writing sings and is filled with heart and humour. Heavier themes such as infidelity, abuse, ageing parents, and traumatic pasts are all written with gentle wisdom.

The standout here really is the sense of place. Campion’s gift is to draw you into the utterly life-changing week each character experiences, in this truly special place. I wanted to be there. I was there. I now want to go back.

A Week to Remember was like a relaxing weekend away. I enjoyed every well-written page. A total treat.

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                    Publisher details

                    A Week to Remember
                    Author
                    Esther Campion
                    Publisher
                    Hachette
                    Genre
                    Fiction
                    Released
                    23 February, 2021
                    ISBN
                    9780733645518

                    Synopsis

                    Whether it was the lure of the rugged coastline or the comforting image of the house, he wasn't sure, but he couldn't remember the last time he'd taken a holiday... With its brightly painted front door, white-sash windows and garden path sweeping down toward the sea, Lizzie O's guesthouse promises a welcome escape from the world. Aisling and Mick Fitzgerald are travelling all the way from Tasmania to celebrate their wedding anniversary, but Aisling is burdened with a secret that could ruin their marriage. Declan Byrne, exhausted from an unhealthy routine of long hours, takeaway and too much red wine, has spontaneously taken the week off to visit the village of his childhood summers. Katie Daly returns to West Cork after an absence of 35 years to care for her ageing mother only to find she must confront her painful past. Finally, Mia Montgomery is taking this holiday without telling her husband. Each of this group of strangers is at a crossroads. And one week in the middle of winter may change all of their lives.
                    Esther Campion
                    About the author

                    Esther Campion

                    Esther Campion is from Cork, Ireland and currently lives in north-west Tasmania. She attended North Presentation Convent in Cork and has degrees from University College Cork and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Esther and her Orcadian husband have lived in Ireland, Scotland, Norway and South Australia. They have a grown-up daughter in Adelaide and the two youngest at home in Tassie with an over-indulged chocolate Labrador and two horses, which Esther firmly believes are living proof that dreams really can come true.

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