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 for a deposit is by returning, rent free, to Dan's childhood home. Obviously no one wants to move back into a bedroom still adorned with Kylie posters, with a mother whose culinary skills are noted for their spectacular gastrointestinal effects. But it's for only six months. Even they can manage that. Surely.
©2015 Jane Costello (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
Will read anything within reason.
I enjoyed the Liverpudlian setting (proving there are young professionals outside London) but this would be a much funnier book if Dan's family were a bit more down to earth and indeed earthier. (I am thinking something like the Royle Family). Instead the couple go to live with Dan's charmingly alcoholic and filthy rich mother who resides in a Hall with his adorable grandmother living in a home in the grounds. You get the picture? Comic events ensue, (in-between splashing around in the family lake), as Dan and Gemma go through the trials and tribulations of buying their dream home and resisting the temptation to take the money from his mother. It all ticks along fairly nicely until it becomes a fairly desperate scramble to tie up all the loose ends and bring the story to a conclusion. The narrators do a decent job but sound a bit bored in parts.
I listened to this while doing some very boring spreadsheet work and overall this was a fairly pleasant and undemanding diversion even though my toes did curl at some of the corny parts.
absolutely loved this book, totally took me back to buying our first home and all the bizarre hurdles you jump over to achieve you dream.
Sorry don't really like to do negative reviews but this was pretty slow going. The characters were pleasant enough but not much of a storyline, just average stuff that happens in normal life really.
Had to give up with this half way through as it was so dull, and narrators were awful.
The characters are fairly believable, but I couldn't seem to get interested in them. The writer seems to be trying too hard to be funny with "clever" phrases that I simply found a bit annoying. It all seems a bit forced.
The performance was OK, nothing special but perfectly acceptable. Having 2 narrators added interest, I suppose.
Nothing really - that was the problem!
Harmless, mindless entertainment. Nothing more.
perhaps this is a good, funny novel but I found the narration slow and lacklustre, they even sound a bit bored. must admit I only got through 2 chapters.
I listened to the end as I don't like not to finish books however it wasn't particularly riveting. You could see just about everything coming a mile off. Slow story but nice characters. I wouldn't recommend to a friend though.
I don't think I'd bother recommending it as it's didn't blow me away - it wasn't particularly gripping, but it was an easy listen that passed the time and was a nice light break from heavier, more serious books I have been listening to.
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