I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Girlfriend, Interrupted by Patricia Caliskan today and sharing my review. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
Brown-eyed, brunette, 25.
Enjoys walking barefoot across shards of broken home. Likes loaded silences, resentment and insomnia. Dislikes romantic weekends, lie-ins and any chance of future happiness.
Former GSOH. Developing PTSD.
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…
Girlfriend, Interrupted will have you laughing-out-loud, gasping in embarrassment and rooting for Ella all the way.
It's safe to say that right from the start I was rooting for Ella she has found herself in quite a tricky but realistic situation of falling for a man with children. In this story we see Ella try and navigate all sorts of situations and even though she tries her best it doesn't always work out and this made me like her even more. If you are anything like me you will go through all the emotions that Ella experiences both the ups and the downs. It is always a wonderful thing if a book can make you feel angry one minute, sad the next and then end up laughing all within a short space of time.
Even though this story had quite a real and true to life feeling to it there were also plenty of fun moments. I have to admit to giggling away to myself on a few occasions! It was this balance of family drama and laugh out loud moments that really drew me into the characters lives. I started reading this book one evening and stayed awake reading far longer than I should have especially with work the next day! Then as soon as my lunch break came I was there reading again and thankfully I managed to finish the book before my break ended as I just had to know how it would all end.
Patricia Caliskan has a witty and down to earth style of writing that really appealed to me and made this book even more engaging. Girlfriend, Interrupted has it all family drama, a realistic romance and plenty of laughs along the way too!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Caoimhe at Sapere Books for my copy.
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.