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Book Review: Sometimes It Happens by Pauline Barclay

Winning the lottery was just the beginning for Doreen Wilkinson, nothing prepared Doreen for her holiday at Villas Bonitas and nothing prepared Villas Bonitas for Doreen Wilkinson. 
Sometimes It Happens is about secrets, deception, lies, love and laughter. Tears will flow because this is one holiday that will never ever be forgotten by many! 
Sometimes It Happens is a really fun book written by the lovely Pauline Barclay. I read it in just two days and seriously felt as though I had been on a little mini-break in the sun.
Doreen Wilkinson checks into Villas Bonitas with her daughter Trisha. She has just won a lot of money on the lottery, eleven million, three hundred and fifty four thousand, two hundred and ten pounds and nineteen pence to be exact. This luxurious holiday in Spain is just the beginning of Doreen's new life.
Villas Bonitas has a fair few guests staying at the same time and they make this book very entertaining. There are gay barristers Simon and Chicky who are just trying to get away from it all; Jack and Sheila Hoskins who like to think they rule the place and are not impressed by Doreen and her 'new' money. Finally we have Frau Hecks, she lives permanently in Villas Bonitas and is still mourning her late husband. Most of the staff and guests are terrified of this officious German lady but we soon realise that she is a teddy bear underneath the hard exterior.
Doreen is trying to adjust to her new found wealth and mix with these people. She feels inferior until she realises that they are no better than her, especially Sheila and Jack who have a huge skeleton in their closet. Add in to this mix, Pat Greenwood, Doreen's first love who has shown up in Spain, is he just after her money or could this be the real thing?
Sometimes It Happens is a really feel-good read. Pauline Barclay writes with a lot of wit and warmth and this book had me smiling long after I had finished it.

If you would like to find out more about Pauline and her other books then check out her blog here. 

7 comments:

Pauline Barclay said...

Oh thank you so much for your lovely review and I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Hugs xx

Shirley Wells said...

What a lovely review. I can't wait to read this one. It seems ages since I downloaded it.

The cover alone puts me in a good mood so I'm sure the book is a fun read.

Dot said...

Pauline- you are welcome, it's a great book!

Shirley- the cover is gorgeous isn't it! Hope that you enjoy it!

Meg said...

Sounds like a very fun story! I love books that make me feel like I've traveled and gotten back from vacation, too.

Dot said...

Meg- it's lovely when a book makes you feel like that!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I'm not familiar with Pauline Barclay and this one sounds really good. Sometimes a feel good read is just what you need.
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Dot said...

Holly- You can get it from Amazon, it certainly left me with a big smile!

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