Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Published: 30th September 2014
Pages: 396 Pages
Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.
So when Connie announces that she will be leaving too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?
Douglas and his family embark on ‘The Grand Tour’ which involves traveling around Europe and rediscovering themselves and hopefully, to rekindle their marriage. Obviously nothing runs smoothly in the Petersen family and they are faced with a host of trails and tribulations.
For someone that loved A Starter for Ten and One Day, Us to me was disappointing. I felt that it lacked a little oomph and more often than not you were merely following Douglas’s commentary like he was a guide book. I find other cultures and places quite fascinating, but when described in too much detail is not all that interesting.
I have to say Douglas was a very well structured character and I would love him as a friend, or work colleague because he was very thoughtful. He was at times a little too straight-laced and maybe the party pooper, but he wouldn’t be Douglas otherwise. He was a passionate man and absolutely loved Connie, I just think maybe they weren’t suited for one another. They say opposites attract, but this pair were the polar opposites and as much as they did genuinely love each other it was probably not for the best.
It was nice to read about a normal family for once, I mean no family is perfect, is it? Douglas and Connie were struggling and no one was sugar coating anything if they wanted to argue they did and If they wanted time alone, they did.
I could related entirely to his visit to Barcelona because as you all know I love the city. It was nice to read about the surroundings and lifestyle and I could easily picture it in my head. Plus, like Douglas I too have been stung by a Jellyfish in Barcelona waters and dear god, it’s the worst pain, ever. It’s close to feeling like you’ve been electrocuted.
Overall, Us was a feel good read and made you feel that life should be living.
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