Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your holidays are filled with love, joy and family and friends 😊🎄

Today I review a Christmas story; Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. This book was on my e-reader for forever. I really wanted to read it in December. I think I don’t have to explain why.

Here’s a little synopsis from Goodreads: It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive… 

I shortened it a little, but it already sounds very interesting!

Also read: book review of Let It Snow

My thoughts on Seven Days of Us

The diverse characters, the plot twists and the tension, it all adds up to a great story about family. And as you may know, I love family and books about family! In Seven Days of Us, every chapter is from another viewpoint between the five main characters. And each character is very well thought out.

The characters

Olivia: She is the oldest daughter and just got home from treating people in Africa with Haag disease. She worked with Sean, but they did more than just work together. Physical contact was prohibited, so she keeps her relationship with him a secret. Back home is a big adjustment. All the luxuries that she didn’t have in Africa are difficult to accept for her. Honestly, I thought she was quite annoying, because she was very crabby all the time. And when something happens, which she also keeps a secret I actually wanted to scream at her and shake her.

Phoebe: She is the younger daughter and is a daddy’s girl. She just got engaged and now obsesses over planning the wedding. But her secret is that she is not so sure, because her fiancé just doesn’t seem to get her. Olivia really annoys her, which I totally get. But I also think Phoebe is very obnoxious and a little naive.

Emma: The mom of the family, and that shows in EVERYTHING. The reason why she isn’t telling her secret, the way she is making sure there is always way too much food and the way in which she is trying to fit in all the traditions. She tries to please Olivia – who is not having it – and it just breaks my heart. She is very kind and selfless. I just wanted to hug her and say everything will be okay.

Andrew: He’s the dad, and very distant from Olivia. He is just not happy, with everything. I disliked how he treated Emma, because Emma is lovely and he is not.

Jesse: okay *spoiler alert*, Jesse is the mystery guest. But I guess it’s not very mysterious, because in one of the first chapters, Jesse’s name already appears. You just know he’ll show up some way or another. I thought Jesse was very annoying in the beginning. A little bit insecure, doubting everything. But by the end of the book, he got on my good side.

The story

I liked the idea of a family locked up together. With them all having secrets, you just know there will be big confrontations when they would all be revealed. I do like it that every secret got revealed apart from each other. It was not one big revelation, which makes it more realistic.

The beginning of the book was a little hard to get through. It was quite slow, very focused on Olivia, and it took me some time before I liked the book.

Final rating of Seven Days of Us

In the end, I liked it a lot and gave it 4/5 stars.

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Do you know other Christmas reads that I should read too?