Book Review. In Just One Day by Helen McGinn

ISBN 9781800483620

Pub date 5 Aug 21

Star rating 5


In Just One Day

Flora has always adored her brother Billy. Born just eighteen months apart, their childhood was spent like two peas in a pod – no one could separate them. Now, as adults, they remain the best of friends. And as Flora is immersed in family life, Billy is always there to lend a hand.

But, in just one day, everything changes.

In just one day, Flora’s life falls apart.

In just one day, Flora has to learn how to live again.

From the nostalgia of seaside Britain to the breath-taking beauty of Venice, in tears and laughter, join Helen McGinn for this emotional, uplifting and joyful story about love in all its guises. But above all, this is an unforgettable story of one little girl and the brother she adores.


This wonderfully written book grabbed me by the heart from the beginning. A story of love and strength in the face of tragedy, highlighting just how important family and good friends really are.

Flora, the main character finds herself in a life changing moment that she struggles to cope with. Her heart is truly shattered. She is in such emotional turmoil that I really wanted to give her a great big hug. For me this is a sign of outstanding characterisation, Flora is brought to life so totally that I felt every emotion that she had to go through.  

The relationship between Flora and her Mother is strained at best and Flora finds herself holding a secret that she wishes she hadn’t stumbled upon regarding her father. The one main stay in Flora’s is her brother Billy, they adore each other and are there for each no matter what. Billy of course, is the apple of his mother’s eye. Flora decides she must confront her Father about what she knows then tragedy strikes the whole family that changes everyone’s lives forever.

 Firstly, they are dealing with her husband’s redundancy and the potential loss of her much-loved job in a wine shop, which actually turns out to be the best thing for them both, just as life feels good and Flora can immerse herself in her love of fine wine a tragic event occurs that changes Flora’s outlook on life and she struggles with her heartbreak.

I loved every single page of this beautifully written book. A rollercoaster of emotion that had me laughing, crying, crying a bit more, and ending on an overwhelming feeling of joy for Flora and her Husband Johnny. The descriptive style of the wonderful countryside was very reminiscent of old family seaside holidays. I felt like Flora had become a firm friend. I held my breath for her, sighed with relief for her and truly felt heartbroken for her. I think I can safely say I adored this book, its characters and the fabulous descriptive writing draws the reader in. The sumptuous wine descriptions are wonderful, you can almost taste it. A book that I would recommend to everyone.

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Author Bio –  Helen McGinn is a much-loved wine expert on TV and in print and an international wine judge. She spent ten years as a supermarket buyer sourcing wines around the world before setting up her award-winning blog (and now best-selling wine book) The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club. She is the drinks writer for the Daily Mail and regularly appears on TV’s Saturday Kitchen and This Morning. Helen lives in the New Forest and Boldwood are publishing her debut women’s fiction title in Spring 2021

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