Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for Girlfriend, Interrupted by Patricia Caliskan.
What do you do when the love of your life is already somebody else’s dad…?
Ella Shawe was undomesticated, unattached and uninhibited.
Until she met Dan.
Sexy, charming and funny, Dan ticked all the right boxes and Ella threw herself head-first into the whirlwind romance.
But now she’s moved into his family home, complete with two demanding children and a hyperactive dog.
Throw in Dan’s impossibly perfect ex-wife, Ella’s interfering sex therapist mother and the snooty and dismissive mother-in-law from Hell, and Ella is almost ready to throw in the towel.
But, ready or not, Ella is part of the family now, and getting it right for Dan’s kids means getting it right for everyone. She just needs to figure out how to include herself in the mix…
So I was very much looking forward to reading this novel – the blurb sold it to me as a light but funny novel, looking at a romantic situation that is oh so common these days. Ella has fallen in love with Dan, and their whirlwind relationship has found them living together. Ella knew Dan had two children, Grace and Ethan, and had already formed a relationship with them both. What she hadn’t anticipated was those relationships changing when she moved in… Throw into the mix Dan’s perfect ex-wife Bryony, his over-bearing mother Pippa and her own sex therapist mother and you can rightly expect some funny and cringe-worthy moments!
This novel gives a lighthearted look at step families and what really goes on behind closed doors. It shows how hard life can be when you are the step parent, and how looks can be deceiving – a perfect life is not always what it seems. It highlights that no matter how hard you try, sometimes it just won’t be enough but it also shows that sometimes you just don’t know what other people think of your efforts. All step families are different, but I loved the angle taken in this novel – it really shows the good and the bad side to such blended families, and that they cannot always be taken at face value.
If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read that explores both romance and family life then this is the novel for you! Let me know what you think!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you very much to Sapere Books for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Following a childhood spent writing her first books, most notably, Our Book about Jesus – a self-help guide for fellow young Catholics, and, The Sleepover – a compelling tale of a midnight feast, shockingly intercepted by fictitious parents with badly drawn hands, Patricia Caliskan always liked to play with words.
Patricia first saw her name misspelt in print aged 17, interviewing hungover rock stars and illegible actors for an Arts and Entertainment magazine. After graduating from the University of Liverpool, Patricia joined Trinity Mirror Newsgroup, working as editor across a portfolio of lifestyle magazine titles.
Patricia likes a good pair of boots, wearing perfume with her pyjamas, and laughter. Lots of laughter. Because without it life feels far too grown up for her liking. Told with mischievous humour, Patricia’s stories explore family dynamics, office politics, and the divergent roles of women throughout their lives.
Girlfriend, Interrupted is Patricia’s second novel: her first, Awful by Comparison, will be reissued by Sapere Books this summer.