Kristen Bailey returns with the third in her Callaghan Sisters series – these five sisters are toe-to-toe and head-to-head the fiercest, family-oriented and fearsome sisters around, particularly when they have a reason to come together with
Did My Love Life Shrink in the Wash?
Beth and her partner Will have been the ‘cool ones’: always willing to go to the next rave, spending time together and enjoying one another’s company. But the arrival of their first child, Joe, a beautiful little boy who doesn’t understand that nighttime is for sleeping has disrupted what little routine they had. What follows is an honest, heartfelt and quite humorous tale of baby’s first year, the pitfalls and insecurities, and a bit of the past coming into new light for everyone. We’ve met Beth briefly in her sister’s stories, and yes, Lucy – the youngest and perhaps most out there of them is ever-present in this one.
While Beth juggles the home front, Will is struggling to get established in his new job at a new architecture firm, which means a long commute, longer hours and plenty of ‘after hours’ get togethers – leaving Beth stuck in the house, or only seeing her septuagenarian neighbor for tea and ‘human contact. A celebration lunch brings Beth and little Joe into the notice of an art director, who then wants to cast Joe for an up-and-coming rapper’s album and bring Joe into the world of “model babies’. While Beth isn’t particularly interested in it all, the getting out is good, Joe is the ‘perfect’ baby, and she’s brought into several new situations.
These are lovely, honest and ‘feel good’ stories that leave you feeling a little less alone or remembering that first sleep deprived year of parenthood. Fortunately for Beth, she’s got a family who is very supportive and involved, and the return of her favorite sister Grace with a surprise of her own just brings the family (and their quirks) into focus. Easy to read as a standalone story, you’ll want to grab the others in the series because these sisters are as fun as they are fierce: the family connections, love and determination to find a ‘new normal’ for everyone involved is pure fun and entertainment. I love the series, the sisters and the laughter – read this in one night – then grab the others – you won’t be disappointed.
Title: Did My Love Life Shrink in the Wash?
Author: Kristen Bailey
Series: The Callaghan Sisters #3
Also in this series: Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life?, Can I Give My Husband Back?
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 11 January 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 38 minutes
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It’s normal to wish that your baby came with a snooze button, right?
When I got pregnant, Will and I didn’t have a clue what we were signing up for. It turns out that there’s loads we weren’t warned about:
1) In the middle of the night you’ll be begging Siri for advice on getting your baby to sleep. (In case you’re wondering, whale music doesn’t work.)
2) If you make the mistake of going to a nightclub you’ll nod off, drool, and be woken up by an angry bouncer.
3) You’ll spend more time spooning your child’s cuddly donkey than your own boyfriend.
4) Communication with your other half will be via post-it notes on the fridge, mainly telling him to buy more milk.
5) Sex is something that happened in another dimension.
But even if I feel like I’m waiting for my motherhood powers to come in the post, at least I’ve got Will. Our old life – festivals, sambuca shots, an actual sex life – might be a distant memory, but we can get through anything together, can’t we?
At least that’s what I thought until, one day, Will walked out on us… If I’m on my own (apart from Siri, obviously) can I do this whole parenting thing? Or I am destined to lose my sanity one sleepless night at a time?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.