REVIEW: Operation Sunshine by Jenny Colgan
Evie is desperate for a holiday – a good one. Not only because she’s been working all hours as a receptionist for two high-powered plastic surgeons, but also because every holiday she’s ever been on has involved sunburn, arguments and projectile vomiting – sometimes all three at once. Why can’t she have a normal holiday like everyone else: peaceful beaches, glorious sunshine and (fingers crossed) some much-needed sex?
So when Evie’s employers invite her to attend a conference with them in the beautiful South of France, she can’t believe her luck. At last, the chance to hob nob with the rich and glamorous, to party under the stars, to live life as she’d always dreamt of it. It’s the holiday of a lifetime – but things don’t happen in quite the way Evie imagines . . .
Despite this being one of Jenny’s older books I came across it on my valentine’s trip to the country a couple of months ago. Despite starting to read it I had to leave it at the cottage as it was not my copy. Thanks to Audible I was able to listen to it and I am extremely glad I did. Another hit from the illustrious Colgan, is there anything this lovely lady cannot do. Every time I read one of her books despite them being slightly predictable it is an endearing predictability. Operation Sunshine despite having a slightly sneaky story line that keeps you guessing the ending is one that you know will make you smile.
Evie is an extremely relatable character and the narration by Patience Tomlinson is hilarious which makes it an even more worthwhile listen. Whilst Evie is the main character that you cannot help but get slightly irritated with but love anyway, we all have a friend that wants to know us when only they need something and turn their back on you when they no longer need your help or advice. Lydia is this friend. Lydia despite being an expert bitch really is a character that is a bit like marmite – you have to love or hate her. Now hate is a strong word so let us say strongly dislike!
This was the first Colgan book that has taken me a couple of weeks to get through. Usually I can plough through in one or two sittings. Admittedly the story line did become a little laborious but that is not to say it did not remain enjoyable and worthy of listening/reading.
I really enjoyed listening to the links to the London area. As most of you might know how much I love my city. Brownie points there Ms Colgan!
If I say much more I am sure to give away spoilers to the plot so I will leave it there and as with all other Colgan books highly recommend you read it.