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    Cute and funny

    Emma is a pediatric heart surgeon. She repairs hearts, but cannot repair her own post-divorce. Also, she has 4 sisters and they all have colorful descriptions for Emma’s ex-husband Simon. Emma Uses her hilarious internal monologue to navigate new relationships, child custody, and co-existing with the circumstances. I felt like the characters were well-developed. Emma’s relationship with her sister Lucy is fun. Family dynamics star in this story. Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Divorce, family, doctors and Frozen

    Let me start by saying I think the blurb for this book is very misleading, I really liked the novel but it is not what I expected from the blurb. Emma is a pediatric heart surgeon and mother living in a fabulous house in a desirable area of London. Her ex-husband is also a surgeon and a lying, cheating waste of skin. After mourning the death of her marriage (the finale of which is shared via flashback throughout the book), Emma is finally willing to dip a little toe into the dating pool. This is the second novel about the Callaghan sisters but it is perfectly possible to read it as a standalone novel (as I did). Emma is in the tricky situation of trying to be the reasonable parent, career woman, caring sister and interesting date. Added to which she is dealing with the baggage of modern families eg interfering parents, dealing with the ex-in-laws, dealing with your ex-husband's new girlfriend, dealing with your sister's relationship issues and, of course an Elsa from Frozen competition. Loved it! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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    '...terrific read; it's fun and entertaining...'

    “Can I Give My Husband Back” by Kristen Bailey (I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.) Sorbet. I’ll just leave that word hanging there for a moment. My reading diet consists mainly - but, not exclusively - of thrillers, crime thrillers and each new Stephen King as soon as it is published. Into this menu, you can add historical fiction, history books and true crime tales. Of the fifteen books I have read thus far in 2020, six have been books about real-life historical events and a further two have been retellings of the Greek legends by the English legend that is Stephen Fry. Add to these a comic tale from an English comedian, a wonderful book by an upcoming British Asian writer and the joyous read that is “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse”. Despite my fondness for the aforementioned genres, I try to mix up the books I read occasionally - increasingly often in fact - especially in these times. I find it can be rewarding to freshen up my choice of reading with a title that goes against my usual fare. Which leads me back to that single word at the start of my review. Sorbet. Sometimes you need the tang that only comes with a mouthful of the delicious fruity sugary-sweet frozen dessert. That unexpectedly expected hit of sweetness and zest gives you a start, makes you smile and refreshes you. It leaves you energised, invigorated and, often, happy. And that, dear reader, is exactly what “Can I Give My Husband Back?” did for me. Kristen Bailey first came to my attention at the start of this year. I forget exactly how I heard of her previous book, “Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life?”. It was most likely excited chatter via Twitter and, with its vibrantly coloured cover and its intriguing title, I knew I had to dip my toes into her world. And, as with that hit of sorbet, I’m so pleased I took a taste. So much so, that when I saw Kristen had a second book coming out, I jumped at the opportunity to explore her work again. When I first picked up this book, I didn’t realise that it continued the Callaghan sisters’ stories. But I am so glad that it does. It was a delight to have the chance to reacquaint myself with the five sisters from the first book. They are an absorbing quintet, each with her own personality - personalities that leap from the pages - and pull you happily along with the narrative. Each sister brings a different dynamic and vibe to what I now know will be a series of at least five books; maybe more if Ma and Pa Callaghan get their own outings. This particular outing tells the tale of Emma Callaghan - the second oldest sibling (“HASMSL” concerned the oldest sister, Meg) as Emma copes with the aftermath of her husband Simon’s infidelities and their subsequent divorce and relationship in caring for their two daughters. While I cannot say I believe this book is aimed specifically at readers like myself - a married man of thirty plus years (to the same woman, yes, she’s a saint) - I simply loved it. The author writes engaging characters, full of life and zest, complete with their flaws, foibles, fears and frustrations. She breathes life into them and into their relationships and actions. And, she has a great way with dialogue, when the girls speak, their words sparkle and snap. You’d be wrong for thinking that this would be a hard read about bitterness and divorce, such an emotive and terrible time in someone’s life. Far from it, this book is an absolute blast; it’s tangy, zesty (that word again), fruity and, at many times, downright filthy. It is also very funny and, often, downright hilarious. These Callaghan girls are no shy, retiring wallflowers; they are in your face, say it like it is, feisty and fun females. Modern, empowered, unwilling to let life - or the men in their lives (PS. We’re not all bad. Honest.) - derail them. Personally, I cannot wait for the book in which the youngest sister (I hope I have my chronology correct) appears. I’m looking forward to Luce Cannon’s tale. “Can I Give My Husband Back?” is a terrific read; it’s fun and entertaining, well written and so very enjoyable. As I said earlier, it’s sorbet. Light and refreshing with a sharp kick. The author’s writing puts a smile of your face. Her books are definitely moreish. So, book three very soon, please, Ms. Bailey. I need my sorbet fix ASAP.
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    Ok read at best

    It didn’t live up to the review I read about it. Disappointing to say the least!
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    Good therapy

    For someone married happily 45 years it was book which I tbought would be great therapy about moving on after a toxic relationship finally ends. Made me think of friends who appeared unable to start living again in this situation. They seem to be rooted to their misery soakimg up the negatives of life like a parched garden in a rainstorm. Read this book folks to see life is out there if you want it....and have a good laugh along the way.
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