Trials and tribulations of blended families, West Coast style, as an emotionally illiterate teenager clashes with her baby obsessed but perimenopausal step mother, plus an alcoholic ex wife and slightly stereotypical gay neighbours thrown in to provide a few more perspectives. The father/husband/ex figure around whom the women coalesce is an oddly ‘absent’ character – he’s in the plot but seems insubstantial. Readable, but I have to admit that I preferred Jane Green’s stories of London life…
Amazon.co.uk link: The Patchwork Marriage – Jane Green
Three very different Londoners discover that they share a sperm donor. Lisa Jewell always tells a good story, and The Making of Us is no exception.
Amazon.co.uk link: The Making of Us – Lisa Jewell
Three suitably interesting yet still stereotypical LA girls go from riches to rags and back to riches again. But, of course, despite becoming mega successful businesswomen, they can only find true happiness in the arms of a dominant alpha male. I really hope that isn’t Louise Mensch‘s true view of life.
Amazon.co.uk link: Glamour – Louise Bagshawe
A satisfying chunk of chick lit – about all my project-pummelled brain can cope with at the moment.
Not That Kind of Girl – Catherine Alliott
Married man leaves wife and family for his mistress…. who realises she doesn’t want him now she has him 24/7.
Amazon.co.uk link: Getting Rid of Matthew – Jane Fallon