Come Away with Me
Somewhere beyond the sea…When Alexa Fisher finds herself trapped on a twelve-day cruise to celebrate her younger sister’s hen-do – just the two of them – she wishes she’d jumped overboard.Despite the age difference, India has always been the judgemental sibling, and there’s been even more friction than usual since ‘the big engagement’. With India constantly obsessing over wedding plans, Alexa has never felt more single, or more of a failure.If only she could find a man who was funny, handsome and faithful. But when she meets the enigmatic (and *gorgeous*) Gabriel Frost on the cruise, he is as cold as his name suggests… Isn’t he?Set sail for an adventure on the high seas, it’s time for Alexa to discover that sometimes romance can surprise you!

Come Away with Me Details

TitleCome Away with Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 13th, 2018
PublisherAvon
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit

Come Away with Me Review

  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5☆ The Perfect Feel Good Summer Read First off I want to start by saying what a fantastic cover! It's so bright and warm.Secondly I want to thank Maddie for starting each chapter off with a delicious cocktail. The perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, especially If the holiday involves a cruise and a hen do! Ok so now for the story!Come Away With Me is a feel good, warm read with a good dash of romance and plenty of humour and sibling drama!Alexa has been roped into going on a cruise with 5☆ The Perfect Feel Good Summer Read First off I want to start by saying what a fantastic cover! It's so bright and warm.Secondly I want to thank Maddie for starting each chapter off with a delicious cocktail. The perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, especially If the holiday involves a cruise and a hen do! Ok so now for the story!Come Away With Me is a feel good, warm read with a good dash of romance and plenty of humour and sibling drama!Alexa has been roped into going on a cruise with her sister India for her hen do.Alexa is very much single and the idea of a hen do and wedding talk fills her with dread. But she reluctantly goes along.Alexa is looking for love, but can she find love as she embarks on an adventure filled with cocktails gallore, drama and fun?I adored Come Away With Me, the characters were quirky and fun, the settings were beautifully written.I loved how Maddie made the ship come alive, I've never been on a cruise and always wondered what it would be like and Maddie made me feel a part of the cruise which I loved.Alexa and India were great characters, so very different but I could relate to that. As me and my sister are very different. But she is my best friend!.There was plenty of laugh out loud, giggling moments, there was a good mix romance and drama.This truly is the perfect Summer Read!Thank you to Avon books for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website :-https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/0...
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  • Melissa Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Having been on a cruise back in 2012, the premise of a chick-lit novel set aboard a transatlantic voyage appealed to me; the gorgeous cover only helped sealed the deal, and I knew that I had to read Come Away With Me. I'm glad that I decided to give it a shot as I was not disappointed.What I loved most was that all the details of the journey rang true for me; I felt the stirrings of nostalgia for my own trip aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam on more than one occasion. If you can ignore th Having been on a cruise back in 2012, the premise of a chick-lit novel set aboard a transatlantic voyage appealed to me; the gorgeous cover only helped sealed the deal, and I knew that I had to read Come Away With Me. I'm glad that I decided to give it a shot as I was not disappointed.What I loved most was that all the details of the journey rang true for me; I felt the stirrings of nostalgia for my own trip aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam on more than one occasion. If you can ignore the fact that my holiday was a Caribbean adventure, the actual activities and descriptions of life on board the ship were almost identical to my experiences. I too remember the terrifying experience of unexpected towel monkeys hanging in my cabin.As for the characters, despite some minor annoyances, I felt that they were well-developed and depicted the sisterly relationship well. I don't have a sister, but I can only imagine that India and Alexa's situation is not entirely uncommon between female siblings.In short, the well-developed characters, the luxurious ship setting, and a handsome love interest, all made Come with Me a perfect Summer read. I would highly recommend this novel to my fellow cruise enthusiasts.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    It was the simply gorgeous cover and the mention of cruise in the blurb that lead me to finally read a book by this author. She has been on my radar for a while, but just hadn't quite been seduced enough to want to read one. So I'm really glad I did try this book, as it is really enjoyable even if its not quite the book I was hoping for. You see I'm a massive fan of cruising, but of the less formal ships than the one than Alexa and India was sailing on, so although I was curious about the ship t It was the simply gorgeous cover and the mention of cruise in the blurb that lead me to finally read a book by this author. She has been on my radar for a while, but just hadn't quite been seduced enough to want to read one. So I'm really glad I did try this book, as it is really enjoyable even if its not quite the book I was hoping for. You see I'm a massive fan of cruising, but of the less formal ships than the one than Alexa and India was sailing on, so although I was curious about the ship they were on, I could tell from the first descriptions of it that it wouldn't match my own experiences. Equally from the cover I was expecting a lovely bright summery cruise, so discovering it was a New York to Southampton transatlantic itinerary taking in a couple of New England ports in September didn't have me quite as excited. That being said I loved the description of the ports and could feel myself there alongside the girls. It may be that I initially stopped reading the blurb after the first line, as I hadn't twigged that the hen--do would just be Alexa and her sister, I was half expecting a group of giggling girls and cocktails all over the place. Well there was certainly cocktails and every other alcohol you can name involved, as the girls run up a massive bar bill and probably caused their livers severe damage in the process. I loved how every chapter started with the name of cocktail and its ingredients which did put you in a holiday frame of mind. I also loved the descriptions of the food and activities on board the ship which all seemed incredibly realistic. There really is such huge selections of food and drink available all day and night on most ships. I also enjoyed getting to know the other couples at the ladies table of 6 for dinner each night in the formal dining room. The nightlife all struck true to me and there were plenty of elements of the cruise that I did recognise from my own holidays, so the book was clearly well researched. This is a very enjoyable read and for those curious about cruising it would be a great introduction to what life on board could be like. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Sail away from Southampton to New YorkVisit the locations in the bookA fun read about antics on board when two friends take a cruise. There’s sun and cruise activities so if you’ve not been on a cruise before you’ll experience some of it! Every chapter started with the name of a cocktail though so that sets the tone that there will be a great deal of drink involved. The cruise set sail from New York to England and apart from a few stops in New England doesn’t dock anywhere so it’s all focused on Sail away from Southampton to New YorkVisit the locations in the bookA fun read about antics on board when two friends take a cruise. There’s sun and cruise activities so if you’ve not been on a cruise before you’ll experience some of it! Every chapter started with the name of a cocktail though so that sets the tone that there will be a great deal of drink involved. The cruise set sail from New York to England and apart from a few stops in New England doesn’t dock anywhere so it’s all focused on the onboard shenanigans. I love that word and it aptly describes the people here. I’m pleased the cruises I’ve been on have been different though!It’s a nice and breezy read and there is a lot of escapism in it and the feeling that getting away from it all can prove to be great. And at least the men on board if you’re looking like Alexa aren’t going anywhere soon so for her there’s more chance of catching one. Plenty more fish in the sea comes to mind!Maddie sailed right on over to TheBookTrail to chat more about her personal cruise holidays and her research into what goes on onboard. It will make you want to go sailing right away!A fun light hearted read so happy sailing!
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  • Grass monster
    January 1, 1970
    The Blurb :When Alexa Fisher finds herself trapped on a twelve-day cruise to celebrate her younger sister’s hen-do – just the two of them – she wishes she’d jumped overboard.Despite the age difference, India has always been the judgemental sibling, and there’s been even more friction than usual since ‘the big engagement’. With India constantly obsessing over wedding plans, Alexa has never felt more single, or more of a failure.She longs to find a man who was funny, handsome and faithful, but whe The Blurb :When Alexa Fisher finds herself trapped on a twelve-day cruise to celebrate her younger sister’s hen-do – just the two of them – she wishes she’d jumped overboard.Despite the age difference, India has always been the judgemental sibling, and there’s been even more friction than usual since ‘the big engagement’. With India constantly obsessing over wedding plans, Alexa has never felt more single, or more of a failure.She longs to find a man who was funny, handsome and faithful, but when she meets the enigmatic (and gorgeous) Gabriel Frost on the cruise, he seems to be as cold as his name suggests. Or is he…?My Thoughts :We meet sisters Alexa and India Fisher, who both work at the family Estate Agency. Alexa seems to do it all whille India just comes and goes as she pleases. India is about to get married to Jerry and cant stop talking about the upcoming wedding. Single Alexa has had enough and wishes she wasnt going to be her bridesmaid, especially as her last relationship ended with him cheating on her.When their mum wins a cruise holiday and cant go she gives it to Alexa and India and it quickly becomes the hen do for India. Alexa cant think of anything worse than being stuck with her sister for 12 days on the sea but goes along with it anyway. I took an instant liking to Alexa and really enjoyed her as a charactor, although India is annoying she does come into her own and becomes a nicer person on the cruise. I really enjoyed all the elements and descriptions in this story, I felt I was right there with the girls. From towel folding to fruit sculptures this was one cruise id be happy to be on. As Alexa meets Gabriel Frost on the cruise, who just happens to be in the room next to the sisters he seems to good to be true, but is he?!. He is on the cruise working with famous Author and speaker Marnie Miller, who was an added bonus to the story aswell.I loved everything about this book and Maddie Please certainly has a way to draw her readers in with delicious food descriptions, fun evening entertainment, down to earth American couples who sat on the sisters table each night and the beautiful places the ship stopped at, this makes a great holiday read and perfect taster if you have never been on a cruise. Once again a fantastic read from Maddie Please.
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  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    January 1, 1970
    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comWould you just look at that cover?! What a beautiful and rather apt cover this is. Seriously. After reading 'Come Away With Me', I can honestly say that the cover sums up the contents of the storyline rather well. Don't fret though, that is not a spoiler at all!I must admit that it did take me quite a while to get into the book as I found one of the characters rather immature. I am a fan of Maddie Please's writing, but All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comWould you just look at that cover?! What a beautiful and rather apt cover this is. Seriously. After reading 'Come Away With Me', I can honestly say that the cover sums up the contents of the storyline rather well. Don't fret though, that is not a spoiler at all!I must admit that it did take me quite a while to get into the book as I found one of the characters rather immature. I am a fan of Maddie Please's writing, but for me, the hook of the book wasn't immediate and I struggled to get into it. I did persevere though as, like I said, I enjoy Maddie's writing and I didn't want to give up too early.Thankfully perseverance paid off and once the storyline hit the halfway mark, that was when the book and I became buddies. It was as though the book had a lightbulb moment, either that or I did! I did still find one particular character rather immature and wished the other character would stand up for themselves though! Maddie Please had me snorting at what she had made her characters do, and she even made me want to go on a cruise like....yesterday. I have always thought that cruises were for the older generation, just like many of the characters in the book thought, but I will hold my hands up now and say that my opinion has completely changed. Hopefully one day I will be able to step foot onto a cruise ship because it does sound rather fab!Overall, the vibe and underlying message of 'Come Away With Me' were the true stars of the novel as they made me sit back and look at certain situations from a different, and more open minded angle. Sometimes we go through phases where we are unsure of our next steps, or where we find our confidence with our decision making plummeting before our very eyes. Despite the main characters not being my favourite at all, I thought they highlighted Maddie Please's message very well, especially Alexa. She is proof that you need to take that leap in life before regret takes over. Live a little or regret a lot? The relatable factors to this book and the characters were poignant and certainly made me think.'Come Away With Me' is a light-hearted and care free novel which will have you reaching for the cruise brochures like there's no tomorrow.
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    It was the cover that really attracted me to this book as so bright and inviting and it didn't disappoint me at all. A really feel good factor book and so heartwarming with laugh out loud moments and romance. It's also full of holiday and families, you feel you are with them on their holiday and you just want to keep reading. Alexa has been working in the family estate agency for years and is also single her relationship with her sister who is younger and she is getting married and all she ever It was the cover that really attracted me to this book as so bright and inviting and it didn't disappoint me at all. A really feel good factor book and so heartwarming with laugh out loud moments and romance. It's also full of holiday and families, you feel you are with them on their holiday and you just want to keep reading. Alexa has been working in the family estate agency for years and is also single her relationship with her sister who is younger and she is getting married and all she ever hears is wedding plans and she feels so single herself. Her mum wins a cruise ship holiday but they are already away so says that Alexa should go on it with her sister as a hen do and she feels so trapped as can't think of anything worse than being stuck with her sister talking wedding plans for so long. The sisters are so different but India the youngest is full of wedding plans and she is also judgemental and poor Alexa feel lonely and a failure. She really wishes she could find a man who was funny and she can live she meets Gabriel on the boat will they sail an adventure or will it a flop and she's stuck with her sister or will she find romance where she is not expecting it and will it last or not. A great read and worth more than the five stars so funny.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I absolutely loved this story!!This is an excellent feel good story that took me away to a fantastic setting and I loved my time spent with the characters. It had me giggling in so many places and I really enjoyed it, it is such a fun story to read!I read a lot of crime books and psychological thrillers but every now and again I want to treat myself to a more relaxed story and this definitely ticked the boxes for that, I loved everything from the gorgeous https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I absolutely loved this story!!This is an excellent feel good story that took me away to a fantastic setting and I loved my time spent with the characters. It had me giggling in so many places and I really enjoyed it, it is such a fun story to read!I read a lot of crime books and psychological thrillers but every now and again I want to treat myself to a more relaxed story and this definitely ticked the boxes for that, I loved everything from the gorgeous cover to the fabulous ending!No hesitation in giving this one 5 stars, it’s a lovely, fun read that I wholeheartedly enjoyed!! Very highly recommended!!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I read, reviewed and loved Maddie’s last book ‘A Year Of New Adventures’ in February of this year. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her next book. Fortunately I didn’t have too long to wait because her latest book ‘Come Away With Me’ was released on 13th August. Imagine my happy dance when I received a review copy? On second thoughts best not but fortunately my attempts at dancing were only witnessed by my two Labradors. Anyway I digress so back to the review I do go. I eagerly opene I read, reviewed and loved Maddie’s last book ‘A Year Of New Adventures’ in February of this year. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her next book. Fortunately I didn’t have too long to wait because her latest book ‘Come Away With Me’ was released on 13th August. Imagine my happy dance when I received a review copy? On second thoughts best not but fortunately my attempts at dancing were only witnessed by my two Labradors. Anyway I digress so back to the review I do go. I eagerly opened my copy of ‘Come Away With Me’ and dived in to read it straightaway. Well I thought that ‘A Year Of New Adventures’ was good but ‘Come Away With Me is even better. I flipping well loved it but more about that in a bit.I must admit that out of the two characters of Alexa and India Fisher, it was Alexa that I warmed to the most. She is single and works hard in the family business of estate agency. Alexa doesn’t feel that she gets the recognition that her efforts deserve whereas her parents fall over themselves to praise India, if she does anything remotely interesting. Alexa has tried to make a life for herself but for one reason and another she is living in the annexe at the bottom of her parents’ garden. I got the impression that Alexa felt that she had failed somewhat. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Alexa is sick to the back teeth of hearing her sister going on about something or other to do with her impending wedding. India makes snide remarks about Alexa’s weight and whether or not she will be able to fit into the bridesmaid’s dress. When their parents win a cruise, they donate the prize to Alexa and India for them to enjoy a sort of hen holiday. Alexa and India are not exactly thrilled about the prospect as each gets on the other’s nerves. The holiday doesn’t get off to a great start with slight mishaps. One such mishap had me chuckling away as soon as I read it. Will Alexa and India make to the end of the holiday without killing each other? Will Alexa and India have a closer relationship following the holiday? Will Alexa find love? Will Alexa find happiness? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.Oh my this is one well written book. I picked it up at the right time for me because I was in serious need of a pick me up and a distraction. Well this book ticked both boxes. As soon as I started reading the book, I just knew that I was going to love it. The author’s witty writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and before you realise it you are hooked. That’s what happened to me anyway. The more I read, the more I got into the story, the more I took to the characters and I had to keep reading to find out what happened to them. The pages flew past in a blur and before I realised what was happening I had cleared over half the book. It seemed like no time at all until I finished reading the book. I desperately tried to ration how much I read at once because I wanted to prolong the enjoyable read but that intention flew out of the window as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.The characters are well written and seemed realistic. There were times when I felt myself wanting to slap India around the chops with a wet flip flop to give her a reality check or to pull her up on how she was treating those around her. India isn’t exactly a calm traveller and goes on about crashing whilst in the air. Honestly if I had been sat next to her, I would have been tempted to throw her out of the nearest emergency exit.This book had humour in spades. There were numerous times when I found myself chuckling along at something I had just read or at something that I could imagine the characters doing. One such example is when Alexa and India go to their parents house for tea (dinner). India seems to have a habit of going round the house and helping herself to certain things. I could imagine her going round the house stuffing things in her bag and making her fiancé carry the swag out to the car. All they needed were striped jumpers and a bag with loot on the front to complete the picture. Another bit that made me chuckle out loud happened whilst India and Alexa are waiting for their flight. They find a table, sit down at it and begin to relax by drinking champagne (only the best for them darling). Unfortunately Alexa’s champagne ends up all over the man sitting adjacent to their table thanks to a rowdy child. I could literally picture that happening in my head and I could picture how horrified Alexa was to have done such a thing. Well it made me laugh anyway.In short I really, really enjoyed reading ‘Come Away With Me’ and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Maddie Please comes up with next. Here’s hoping that I don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board just has to be 5* out of 5*.
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  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    Alexa Fisher, age 29, has a younger sister, India, age 26, who is getting married in soon. Her fiance, Jerry, is perfect for her and India is so excited about her upcoming wedding. She has been making lots of plans and wants Alexa to be her bridesmaid but Alexa she is not looking forward to doing it. She knows she is a few pounds overweight and they thought of shopping for a dress for the wedding fills her with dread.India has floated through life not really having to take responsibility for muc Alexa Fisher, age 29, has a younger sister, India, age 26, who is getting married in soon. Her fiance, Jerry, is perfect for her and India is so excited about her upcoming wedding. She has been making lots of plans and wants Alexa to be her bridesmaid but Alexa she is not looking forward to doing it. She knows she is a few pounds overweight and they thought of shopping for a dress for the wedding fills her with dread.India has floated through life not really having to take responsibility for much. Alexa has worked with her father’s estate agent business and truly loves it. Her father has recently had Alexa take India under her wing and try to teach her the estate agent business. However, India’s wedding plans tend to come first to her working. Alexa feels like she is in a bit of a rut as she is not dating anyone, as her last boyfriend was a total loser. In addition, she is living in a little cottage on her parents property which makes her feel like a loser too.When the girls’ mother wins a cruise, she is unable to go because she and her husband are already scheduled for a trip to Australia during the same timeframe. Therefore, her mother insists the sisters take the cruise together as a bachelorette or hen party for India.They settle right in for their 12-day cruise and want to take advantage of all of the fun things to do onboard. A well-known woman who is an author and people motivator is on the ship and is giving lots of lectures on how people can take charge of their lives and become happier and even become an author like herself. Alexa sees this handsome man named Gabriel Frost, who is an attorney for the author. Alexa and Gabriel meet and it’s an instant attraction.The sisters get caught up in the good food and alcohol readily available on the ship despite their vows to stick to their diets so they can fit into their dresses for India’s wedding.Oh my! I haven’t read such a fun book like this in ages. I love to cruise and reading this story is like taking the cruise along with Alexa and India. They are so funny. Their fellow passengers are a total hoot and had me laughing out loud. The author truly pegged them. I highly recommend this book and I simply wished it hadn’t ended. Don’t miss it. It’s a treat!Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    An absolute delight to read. Never thought I would enjoy a book about a cruise trip so much. This was a nice story involving sisters Alex and India who end up on a luxury cruise trip won by their parents. When their parents can't go due to having already booked another non refundable trip on the same dates they gift the trip to their daughters. The trip gives India and Alex, who have a slightly strained relationship, time to get to know one another once again as sisters and friends and also serv An absolute delight to read. Never thought I would enjoy a book about a cruise trip so much. This was a nice story involving sisters Alex and India who end up on a luxury cruise trip won by their parents. When their parents can't go due to having already booked another non refundable trip on the same dates they gift the trip to their daughters. The trip gives India and Alex, who have a slightly strained relationship, time to get to know one another once again as sisters and friends and also serves as a hen do for India's upcoming wedding. Lots of laugh out loud moments and I thoroughly enjoyed Alex's musings throughout the book. A total feel good book and just what I needed to read.
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  • Bev Dulson
    January 1, 1970
    This book was perfect to set me up for my own cruise holiday this year.Who doesn't love reading about a romance on board a ship , with a backdrop of cocktails, glamorous evening events, seven course meals and of course all the quirky people you meet on a ship, it just makes it the perfect setting for a holiday romance read.Loved the destinations the ship called at, New England, Nova Scotia, Rhode Island - fabulous descriptions and made me add the cruise to my wish list.A really easy and enjoyabl This book was perfect to set me up for my own cruise holiday this year.Who doesn't love reading about a romance on board a ship , with a backdrop of cocktails, glamorous evening events, seven course meals and of course all the quirky people you meet on a ship, it just makes it the perfect setting for a holiday romance read.Loved the destinations the ship called at, New England, Nova Scotia, Rhode Island - fabulous descriptions and made me add the cruise to my wish list.A really easy and enjoyable read - perfect for either your holiday or a sunny day in the garden..
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  • Katherine Hetzel
    January 1, 1970
    I may not have been on a cruise, but this was a perfect holiday read. Family have been on cruises, and a lot of what Maddie writes about fits their experience. Apart from the holiday romance...Loved how each chapter started with a cocktail whose name reflected the contents of the chapter. I really hope Maddie had some awesome nights researching the ingredients - and the finished results! As in her previous novels, there's some lovely characterisation, great humour and I do like the fact she writ I may not have been on a cruise, but this was a perfect holiday read. Family have been on cruises, and a lot of what Maddie writes about fits their experience. Apart from the holiday romance...Loved how each chapter started with a cocktail whose name reflected the contents of the chapter. I really hope Maddie had some awesome nights researching the ingredients - and the finished results! As in her previous novels, there's some lovely characterisation, great humour and I do like the fact she writes a pretty happy ending!If you're a fan of Maddie's already, then make sure to read it. And if you've not discovered her yet, then this is as good a place as any to start...
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  • Meg Dean
    January 1, 1970
    Very fun and funny...a lovely way to spend a hot summer day inside :c)
  • Carol Beasley
    January 1, 1970
    I've never been on a cruise and never particularly wanted to but that didn't stop me enjoying this book. The details were incredible and it was obvious the author had definitely done their research. It was nice to see the exploration of a sibling relationship and that aspect was very enjoyable.Definitely a feel good read.I was sent this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sonya
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fabulous read! It had the things I love in a book. Humour and romance. I laughed my way through this book. I could identify with Alex and her sister with the love of wine and cocktails! Especially with internal banter and funny observations. This is all set on a luxury cruise. Perfect feel good book.
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  • Realmommybooks
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when you take a chance on a trip? What happens when the trip is with your sister?Watching Alexa through this book and all her insecurities made me sad for her. She went through all the emotions with India. The only thing was I wish we seen more of Alexa and Gabriel. I needed a little bit more of them together.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    As a cruiser lover myself, I could relate a lot and had lots of laugh out loud moments. A fell good and a perfect beach read. Light and fun.I can't wait to read Maddie's next book.
  • Julie Cordiner
    January 1, 1970
    An ideal summer read - warm, witty and entertaining. The cruise ship setting provides lots of opportunities for fun and frolics as Alexa gets close again to her sister but even closer to handsome lawyer Gabriel Frost. Really enjoyed this.
  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Alexandria and India Fisher are sisters, more rivalry than sibling, with parents with wanderlust and a penchant for cruises. In fact, with India’s wedding coming quickly, and Alexa is about topped up with everything being wedding-focused: from family dinners to India’s days spent working in the family business: estate agents. Finding that India is so happy and cluelessly selfish abou only her own needs, Alexa is still reeling from the shame of her last breakup with a man far less worth her time Alexandria and India Fisher are sisters, more rivalry than sibling, with parents with wanderlust and a penchant for cruises. In fact, with India’s wedding coming quickly, and Alexa is about topped up with everything being wedding-focused: from family dinners to India’s days spent working in the family business: estate agents. Finding that India is so happy and cluelessly selfish abou only her own needs, Alexa is still reeling from the shame of her last breakup with a man far less worth her time than the muck on the street. But when her mother’s impulsivity results in their winning a luxury cruise p the eastern coast from New York onto Halifax, and then across to Southampton, the dates conflict with their Australia cruise, and the cruise goes to Alexa and India. Let it serve as the ‘hen night’ that Alexa had yet to organize, giving them twelve days of luxury cruising, in a cabin, together, at sea. Drinking, eating, learning to fold towels into monkeys, crabs and bas, and a few dance lessons, lectures and more time together since they were children, Alexa and India are trying to repair their fractured relationship, perhaps even seeing one another as adults, letting go of the childish hurts and slights. With a famed “self-help” author on board, and an employee who seems to be ‘sort of’ writing and working on ‘lawyerly’ bits for her, India and Alexa are smitten by the pint sized bastion of all things “fabulous”, even when her advice is less personal and more a collection of every self-help fad out there. But her employee, that she calls ‘friend’, is Gabriel – and he and Alexa have something electric between them – even if she acts like a tongue-tied pre-teen in front of him. Their connection is electric, and Alexa allows herself a no strings fling with him, with the few uninterrupted moments together to talk always pushed off for drinks and other activities. But when his “boss” spins all that Gabriel has told Alexa , and her own doubts about her weight, attractiveness, oh just about everything, take over – she ducks him, leaving her lonely and him without answers. Maddie Please has brought another story together – rich with characters that grow and change before our eyes, and finding a happy ending for all. With a wedding that brought Alexa more stress with wrangling bridesmaids, and more questions about not having a plus one, India’s moves and their newly defined relationship brings everyone smiles in the end. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Angel Hatfield
    January 1, 1970
    Alexa was reminded of things she was suppose to do like : lose weight for India’s wedding. Also organize a her hen weekend, and she was suppose to be looking forward to be India’s bridesmaid,. Alexa usually loved her job but Now India was working there and not really doing anything and getting paid for it. Alexa had worked for years learning how to be a good real estate agent, getting her qualifications, doing a thorough job, and making herself indispensable. But India just skimmed the surface o Alexa was reminded of things she was suppose to do like : lose weight for India’s wedding. Also organize a her hen weekend, and she was suppose to be looking forward to be India’s bridesmaid,. Alexa usually loved her job but Now India was working there and not really doing anything and getting paid for it. Alexa had worked for years learning how to be a good real estate agent, getting her qualifications, doing a thorough job, and making herself indispensable. But India just skimmed the surface of life. Then at Laura’s party India had been flirting with Alexa’s boyfriend -at the time- Ryan. Alexa still hadn’t forgiven India yet for that even thougshe hadn’t found out what India had been up to and her and Ryan no longer were together. Then India met Jerry, fell in love, they moved in together and now they were going to married. Then their mother won a twelve day cruise and gave it to her girls and it could be India’s hen party. Alexa didn’t like the idea of spending that long with India as they weren’t close but she went anyway. India and Alexa were at the airport and having champagne when Alexa accidently spillers hers all over the hot guy at the next table. India switched chairs with ehr after that but when Alexa checked he was typing rapidly but still looking at her out of the corner of his eye. Then on the boat while standing on their room’s balcony she discovers the same man-Gabe- is in the cabin next to her and India. When Gabe stood next to Alexa she was more aware of him then she had been of anyone ever. Then she found out Gabe was a special friend of Marmie Miller who was a self help guru, lifestyle authority, cookery expert, writer and celebrity. Gabe does realize he is very attracted to AlexaI liked this story, it was a good summer read. I liked that every chapter started with a drink and its ingredients. I loved the description of the ports in this book. I liked the descriptions of the food and what they offered on the ship and what Alexa and India did. I chuckled at times while reading this. But it dod drag for me at times. I also enjoyed the plot. Both Alexa and India frustrated me at times but I did finish this book and it was a good summer read. I liked the characters and the ins and outs and I recommend.
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  • Viv
    January 1, 1970
    A very sweet read and a lovely story about life, love, lust even and of course family. While perhaps it seems that the focus is on the romance between Alexa and Gabriel, I think for me, I found it to be equally about family - particularly the relationship between Alexa and her sister India. While there wasn't a major 'heart-to-heart' in which all problems of the past were suddenly solved, there seemed to be a slow progression of their sisterly relationship, which I personally found better anyway A very sweet read and a lovely story about life, love, lust even and of course family. While perhaps it seems that the focus is on the romance between Alexa and Gabriel, I think for me, I found it to be equally about family - particularly the relationship between Alexa and her sister India. While there wasn't a major 'heart-to-heart' in which all problems of the past were suddenly solved, there seemed to be a slow progression of their sisterly relationship, which I personally found better anyway.As for the relationship between Gabriel and Alexa - wow. I was actually surprised at how much I liked it. It wasn't what I thought it was originally going to be. The blurb suggests that it's more of a love-hate or a rocky relationship in the beginning, but I didn't find it to be that way at all. I loved the way that Gabriel seriously listened to Alexa. Did I want to smack his face a few times? Certainly. Did I want to slap Alexa into sense sometimes? Without a doubt. But I overall still loved them. I will say, however, normally when I read a romance nove] and something goes wrong like a breakup etc. as there nearly always is, I will sometimes feel a physical pain of heartbreak for the character. This sadly did not occur for me in this novel, which gives me the sense that I just didn't connect with Alexa as a character enough. Still enjoyable though!Overall, very enjoyable, light and fluffy read, fantastic for lounging by the pool to read.Note: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this novel from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed in the review are my own and are in no way influenced by the author nor the publisher. A major thank you to both Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this opportunity.
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  • Finitha Jose
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I just picked this book only because I didn't find anything of interest in NetGalley at that time. Oh, there is nothing wrong with the theme. It is just . . . being not a daughter of Poseidon I am quite unnerved by the so-called magnificence of the sea or should I say its destructive power? I tend to avoid anything related to the sea, movies included. So if I say I completely loved this book, you can fairly imagine the rest. As the cover blurb informs you, this is the story of two To be honest, I just picked this book only because I didn't find anything of interest in NetGalley at that time. Oh, there is nothing wrong with the theme. It is just . . . being not a daughter of Poseidon I am quite unnerved by the so-called magnificence of the sea or should I say its destructive power? I tend to avoid anything related to the sea, movies included. So if I say I completely loved this book, you can fairly imagine the rest. As the cover blurb informs you, this is the story of two sisters, Alexa (for Alexandria) and India. Their wanderlust parents named them after the two places they loved most. Alexa is the responsible eldest with no boyfriend, while India is endowed with good looks and is about to get married. Yesss, it is '27 Dresses' all over again, but in a cruise ship. The novel traces the twelve days of their travel where their old bond and comradeship return. The readers are taken along with their beautiful journey and while closing the book, I felt I just finished a very rewarding and comforting cruise adventure. Why can't they write travel books in this mode? There is, of course, a love story but that only makes a mere twenty percent of the book. And the amazing this is, I really didn't mind it at all. I was so immersed in Alexa and India that not even once I fast forwarded to check when Gabriel Frost will make his next appearance. Thank you, Avon and NetGalley for giving me this review copy. It has captivated me so much that I won't mind going on a ship anymore.
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  • Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Wow so much to say!!Initially I wasn’t certain what to expect as cruise type stories can often be lacking in plot what with the limited chance for new scenery to be described, but in this case I didn’t find that to be an issue.This was far from the giggly, ridiculous antics type of hen-do read I was envisioning and I was glad of the difference! This was fun but not a story of a group of people getting drunk. I did find the main character to be irritating at times, although she says about her sis Wow so much to say!!Initially I wasn’t certain what to expect as cruise type stories can often be lacking in plot what with the limited chance for new scenery to be described, but in this case I didn’t find that to be an issue.This was far from the giggly, ridiculous antics type of hen-do read I was envisioning and I was glad of the difference! This was fun but not a story of a group of people getting drunk. I did find the main character to be irritating at times, although she says about her sister being judgmental it felt like alexia was the one judging at times, but i did enjoy the sibling rivalry type of approach, often in romances they get along perfectly. Being one of 7, i can completely get the clashes and the rivalry, which goes hand in hand with most sibling relationships!There were several moments that made me laugh along the way, and I smiled for most of the story! The story built well, and we got to know each characters individual personality in an easy flowing way.I also loved Gabriel. I may be slightly bias due to name choice, my all time favourite romance used this name for an equally brilliant male love interest. In this case i found the character withdrawn initially, but lovely by the end.All in all, this was a fun summer read! Heartwarming, fun and just so wonderfully written. More entertaining for the fact i am not going on holiday, so it was nice to “escape” to a holiday for a while!Very well written in terms of storyline And Prose.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    I only heard of Maddie recently, so I was pleased to be able to read ‘Come With Me’. It appealed to me because I’ve cruised a few times and this story is mostly set on a cruise. Two sisters, Alexa and India, go on a cruise for India’s hen do, because their mother won it in a competition but couldn’t go.The sisters are very different; both of them work for their father’s estate agency business but, whereas Alexa loves it and puts in a great deal of hard work and energy, India just floats in and o I only heard of Maddie recently, so I was pleased to be able to read ‘Come With Me’. It appealed to me because I’ve cruised a few times and this story is mostly set on a cruise. Two sisters, Alexa and India, go on a cruise for India’s hen do, because their mother won it in a competition but couldn’t go.The sisters are very different; both of them work for their father’s estate agency business but, whereas Alexa loves it and puts in a great deal of hard work and energy, India just floats in and out when it pleases her and doesn’t make any effort. Alexa has not long come out of a relationship and is temporarily living in an outbuilding on her parents’ property, so she’s not really enjoying her sister’s wedding preparations.We go on the 12-day cruise with the sisters, and it’s a fantastic ride! Maddie writes skilfully with plenty of wit and warmth, and I will definitely be reading more of her books. I’d highly recommend ‘Come With Me’ as a great summer read.Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for an advance reader copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Fluffy and fun. Alexa and her sister India have never been on the same wave length so there's no reason to expect things will improve on a transatlantic cruise. I loved the details of the cruise- an old fashioned experience in many ways. There is, however, lots of drinking. Lots. There's also a love interest in Gabriel. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is just right for the afternoon on the beach!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the cover of this book and the idea of cruising for a hen party. But when the hen party turned out to be the bride and her sister not a giggling bunch of bridesmaids with wild nights of partying and gales of fun.It wasn’t. The sisters did get drunk. But the story was boring and not to my liking.Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Come Away with Me is a mediocre romance. Cute plot and setting. If you enjoy chick flicks you might enjoy this book. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my arc. This is my unbiased review.
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