Another author suggested this book on her Facebook page. I was intrigued enough to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen was a hilarious piece of chick lit that made me–a more quiet, reserved type of reader–laugh aloud many times. Here’s the blurb.
Catriona Masterton’s fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.
He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He’s responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.
In other words, he’s the exact opposite of the Masterton clan.
Cat’s mother has a kitchen gadget fetish, a father whose best friends are taxidermied field mice, and a super stoner man-child brother who lives–where else?–in the basement. Then there’s Nan, her proud Scottish grandmother with a proclivity for profanity and mischief.
What on earth will Catriona’s Normal fiancé think when he comes home with her to meet her parents? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat’s ex to join them for a holiday dinner?
Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love.
This one I rated 5’s on Amazon and Goodreads. I rated it Delicious on my more critical sweet scale. It’s super funny, as I’ve already said. The characters—Catriona (Cat), Ethan, Sam, Jazzy, and Cat’s crazy family, the Scottish Mastersons (Nan, dad, mom, and a seemingly useless brother)–are so quirky and fun. Cat and Ethan have been engaged for a year. Cat finally decides to let him meet her family, and the fun begins. The characters are hilarious. The situations slapstick. The heart-tugging romance is amazing. I won’t spoil anything by talking about it. Some chick lit can be super silly and not that romantic, but this one, though slapstick silly at times, had the great heart-connection and swoon-worthy scenes I crave in a good romance as Cat decides what her heart really wants. This is a second-chance, once bitten-twice shy story that is super well done. I absolutely loved every second of the journey and can’t wait to read the next one in this series.
Can I just say, I’m loving Spring! I mowed my yard for the first time this year, and it made me happy. I even weeded and sprayed RoundUp like crazy all over, because we’ve had a lot of rain in the last couple months…and well, yeah! You know what rain brings (besides flowers). Enjoy your spring, and enjoy a good book!