NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick • New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
“Dysfunctional family goes away together on a Mediterranean cruise: What’s not to love? This novel fell squarely in my wheelhouse and I was delighted anew in every port. The Jetsetters is fun, sexy, and engrossing.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand
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 partner; 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, when she was a single mother who meant everything to them.
When she wins the contest, the family packs their baggage—both 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 old wounds are reopened, forcing the Perkins family to confront the forces that drove them apart and the defining choices of their lives.
Can four lost adults find the peace they’ve been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back together? In the vein of The Nest and The Vacationers, The Jetsetters is a delicious and intelligent novel about the courage it takes to reveal our true selves, the pleasures and perils of family, and how we navigate the seas of adulthood.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Amanda Eyre Ward’s novel is a rarity: a heartfelt family drama that digs deep without sacrificing wit or gossipy fun. The three Perkins siblings haven’t spent much time together in the past 20 years, and when their mother summons them to join her on a European cruise, they’re quickly reminded why that is. But even as old hurts resurface and new betrayals come to light, the family draws closer together, bound by their past and transformed by a shared adventure. Much like the mouthwatering local feasts the Perkins enjoy at their various ports of call, The Jetsetters is a pure indulgent pleasure.
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Not what I was expecting.
I hate to leave a bad review but I’d like prevent anyone else from wasting their time. It was confusing and drawn out with no real closure or conclusion.
The first few chapters read like a bad commercial script featuring random product placements. Picked up a bit, but by no means anything special nor clever.
A total disappointment! Childish and ridiculous. Don’t waste your time or money.