I am very grateful to Frances Gough at Headline and Bookbridgr for my copy of ‘Girls on Tour’ by Nicola Doherty.
Originally published as a series of five novellas, ‘Girls on Tour’ focuses on Poppy, Maggie, Rachel and Lily as they search for true love amongst a series of madcap adventures taking them from Paris to Los Angeles, Meribel to Rome and New York.
This is not the kind of fiction I usually read, but it was a real pleasure. ‘Girls on Tour’ is a sparkling chick lit book, full of laughs, romance and friendship. Each section is written from the point of view of one of the girls and each is really well depicted so that they become like friends to the reader as well as to each other. Similarly, even the most insignificant character is well rounded and alive.
What I really liked was the detail of the settings. I could easily picture myself on the ski slopes in Meribel or on the back of a Vespa in Rome. The descriptions of clothing, food and weather brought the book to life and I found the stories fast paced and engaging. There are lots of very amusing elements and I frequently found myself laughing out loud.
‘Girls on Tour’ is a perfect read for those looking for lighthearted escapism. I’d recommend taking it with you on holiday and if the weather’s poor you know you’ll have some sunshine!