It's been two years since Emma split up with her unfaithful "lying sh*tmelon" of a husband, Simon. Emma now shares the family home with her two young daughters and her younger sister, Lucy, who dresses as Disney princesses at children's parties and is ferociously protective of her family. Emma is finally ready to start dating again if she can manage to juggle having a love life with family dramas and her busy schedule as a heart surgeon.
Can I Give My Husband Back? is a hilarious romantic comedy about the ups and downs of living in a chaotic blended family. It reminded me of the Aussie TV series Offspring so much so that I kept hearing Emma's dialogue in Asher Keddie's voice in my head. Unlike Offspring, it's set in England, but the character of Emma, a brilliant surgeon who is awkward in the other areas of her life and trying to manage her sisters' various personal dramas as well as her own, was a lot like Nina Proudman.
This book made me actually laugh out loud once or twice with the antics of Emma's sister Lucy, and Emma's spectacularly unsuccessful dates that end in injuries, drama and ruined clothing. The characters come across as real people, flaws and all, and it was a pleasure to get to know them. Thankfully I haven't had to go through the torture of a messy divorce myself (touching wood), so I can only speculate as to whether that side of things is accurate but it is certainly gripping to read about. I'd give this one 7/10 on the Oh No He Didn't scale (judged by the number of times I mutter this phrase while reading the book). Can I Give My Husband Back? is a novel full of laughs and maybe a few tears. It will appeal to fans of Offspring (the show, not the band, though possibly that too), Sophie Ranald or Sophie Kinsella. ONHD Score: 7/10
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bookouture, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: June 2020