Review: The Time of Our Lives – Jane Costello



A five star hotel in Barcelona, travelling in business class – surely this can only mean one thing – the PERFECT holiday! Or does it?? Best friends Imogen, Meredith and Nicola embark on (what they think) the best holiday of their lives. Imogen, who has not had a proper holiday in years, cannot wait to have a few relaxing days by the beach, but a crisis at work does not stop her phone from ringing. Will she be able to handle this sticky situation and enjoy her holiday after all?

I loved this book from the beginning right through to the end. The Time of Our Lives is such a great summer read – full of laughter, anger, unexpected circumstances and pure joy.

I really liked the way Jane introduced the reader to the characters. Already from the first few pages it felt as if I’ve known Imogen, Meredith and Nicola for a long time. Imogen’s character was probably my favourite. I was able to empathise with her immediately. There is a real mystery surrounding her persona. The reader knows that she is a single mother, but we do not know what happened to Roberto, the father of her child. There are flashbacks in the book in which Imogen remembers certain holidays or chapter’s in their lives, but never mentions (until the very end) why she is no longer with Roberto.

There is a fine line between embarrassing situations happening to a character and it being too uncomfortable for the reader. Imogen really did not have much luck from the beginning and she often is caught up in peculiar circumstances, but I thought Jane mastered these brilliantly without causing embarrassment to the reader.

The Time of Our Lives is a lovely and encouraging story with a beautiful ending that brought happy tears to my eyes.

I would like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley review request.



  1. May 23, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    I’m going to go look for this one! I need a light summer read with pure joy!! Thanks!

  2. May 27, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    Fab review Heidi.

    I’ve just reviewed on the blog today 🙂 Enjoy Jane Costello’s writing!


  3. May 29, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Sounds just right for my plane journey, thx! SD

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