How can you not fall just a little bit in love with a man who fondly nicknames his daughters ‘Buttons’ and ‘Dimples’? That’s how I feel about Danny Morton! He is adorable!
He also happens to love his wife Meg – in that manly way that Northerners have. They don’t exactly tell you, but they do try and show you as much as you’ll allow them to, and when time permits, between 3 young children, work, family, exhaustion etc. etc. But Meg isn’t a Northerner. She’s a Southerner and even though she’s lived in Danny’s neck of the woods for quite some time now, she’s still not quite got the hang of things, like some of the strange expressions they use. She’s not part of the ‘in’ crowd – they all grew up together and she wasn’t around for all that shared history.
So it’s not surprising that she’s feeling a bit unloved and mumsy and suspects that Danny might not fancy her much any more. Things reach breaking point at the worst possible time (actually when is it a good time for things to fall apart?). It’s Danny’s dad’s birthday and Danny’s younger brother Stu is arriving after 18 months away from home, being a good-time boy! The entire family is having an extended celebration. Meg is convinced that her marriage is over and is seriously on the verge of cracking up. She knows things have been shaky, but wasn’t that just because they’re both so tired all the time; so busy; so chaotic? She doesn’t want to lose the warmth of the close-knit family that she adores. So what is she going to do about it?
This is an absolutely delightful, laugh-out-loud hilarious read! It does come with an advisory that should be glaringly obvious from the title: it’s definitely not for anyone who tends towards the prudish! This is full-on, in-your-face, with no-holds-barred!! This is a family that doesn’t hold back. They say it like it is – and lucky for us readers, the results are downright funny!
Kristen Bailey certainly has a way with her writing. I know that creating a book and bringing it to life from start to finish isn’t easy, but she gives the impression that when she sits down and decides what she wants to write about, it all just flows out onto the page! The way she depicts the hectic life of a typical family with small kids is spot-on. Eve in particular, is a real bundle of ‘ohmygoodness!’ What she only comes up with! She’s a book all on her own!
It’s a 5-star read, for those who are willing to keep their minds open and who don’t mind snorting their chosen beverages through their noses!
Mother-of-four, gin-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt hoarder, enthusiastic but terrible cook. Kristen also writes. She has had short fiction published in several publications including Mslexia & Riptide. Her first two novels, Souper Mum and Second Helpings were published in 2016. In 2019, she was long-listed in the Comedy Women in Print Prize and has since joined the Bookouture family. She hopes her novels have fresh and funny things to say about modern life, love and family.
You can find out more about her at her website: www.kristenbaileywrites.com.
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