2015

The Love Shack – Jane Costello

love shack

Paperback: 496 pages

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster UK (23 April 2015)

Book Description: Life’s great when you’re 29 years old with a gorgeous girlfriend and fulfilling job. Until you have to move back in with your mum . . .

Dan and Gemma have found their dream first home, but the asking price is the stuff of nightmares. The only way they’ll ever save enough for the deposit is by moving in, rent-free, with Dan’s mum.

It’s a desperate solution, but it’s only for six months. And Gemma’s determined to
make it work, no matter how bad things get.

But between Dan’s mum’s kitchen karaoke, her constant innuendos, irrepressible argumentative streak and – worst of all – her ham and pineapple curries, life back at home would test the patience of two saints. Which Dan and Gemma most definitely are not.

Then, as they’re trying to convince themselves it will all be worth it, Gemma’s past comes back to haunt her. And suddenly the foundations of their entire relationship are shaken to their core…

My review:

This is only the second Jane Costello book I have read – I have no idea how these books have managed to stay off of my radar for so long!!  I was lucky enough to hear the author read a chapter of this book at a launch night for Bloggers back in March and I was itching to get my hands on it to be able to read it. It didn’t disappoint!

Dan is a fantastic character – he is a character you really get to meet and get involved with rather than just a peripheral bloke as is normally the case in these kinds of books.  Dan’s girlfriend Gem was likeable and I think we can all relate to her – we’ve all been a Gemma at times, and we’ve all had a boyfriend that frustrates us like Dan does! I really admired Dan’s integrity with regards to his work too. His mum was my favourite character – please PLEASE write a book about the mum – even a short story! She was fantastic! Cringeworthy, garish, brash – but with her heart in the right place.

Towards the end, you get the feeling it isn’t all going to work out for them, in fact you find yourself hoping at times that it doesn’t but….well I won’t ruin the ending but it’s not what you expect! I did find that when I got to the end I was a bit gutted that it ended THERE!! haha!

Fantastic book, a lovely bit of light, easy reading – perfect as a holiday read!

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