- Title The Jetsetters
- Author Amanda Eyre Ward
- Year 2020
- Genre Contemporary
When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the Become a Jetsetter contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can't seem to find a bride; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. Charlotte yearns for the years when her children were young and she was a single mother who meant everything to them. When she wins the cruise, the family packs all their baggage—literal and figurative—and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the Perkins family is forced to confront the defining choices in their lives. Can four lost adults find the peace they've been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back to each other?
This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick and I thought it was going to be either deep drama or fluffy rom com but it somehow was a bit of both. Trying to span both genres meant it didn’t quite hit the spot for me, and the pacing felt a little off.
It’s a good read, easy to consume, and with characters that draw you in even if they aren’t all entirely likeable. It’s a story about a family that’s been torn apart for too long and needs to find a way to come back together, which they do on a lucky cruise ship holiday prize win.
A mother and her three grown up kids each have their own demons to battle with – real and imaginary – which they do as the journey unfolds and the destinations whizz by. It was interesting uncovering their secrets little by little, but then I felt the ending was rushed and I didn’t feel particularly satisfied by what I had read. Good but not perfect.
Rating: 3 / 5