Girlfriend, Interrupted

Written by Patricia Caliskan


What do you do when the love of your life is already somebody else’s dad…?

Brown-eyed, brunette, 25.

Enjoys walking barefoot across shards of broken home. Likes loaded silences, resentment and insomnia. Dislikes romantic weekends, lie-ins and any chance of future happiness.

Former GSOH. Developing PTSD.

Ella Shawe was undomesticated, unattached and uninhibited.

Until she met Dan.

Sexy, charming and funny, Dan ticked all the right boxes and Ella threw herself head-first into the whirlwind romance.

But now she’s moved into his family home, complete with two demanding children and a hyperactive dog.

Throw in Dan’s impossibly perfect ex-wife, Ella’s interfering sex therapist mother and the snooty and dismissive mother-in-law from Hell, and Ella is almost ready to throw in the towel.

But, ready or not, Ella is part of the family now, and getting it right for Dan’s kids means getting it right for everyone. She just needs to figure out how to include herself in the mix…




A Really Good Read!    4 stars


This is a story with it’s roots firmly in realism .. but with so many opportunities to laugh!

Ella Shawe lives with her boyfriend Dan. Each and every weekend his two children from his previous marriage live with them. It’s not too long ago since Ella lived with her friend Kim and they hit the town and enjoyed life – their totally undomesticated single lives. Throw two kids into the mix though and domestication isn’t so much of a choice as a requirement …

Ella loves Dan; however as a step-mother she feels she is always out of step with everyone else’s expectations. With a busy career and a demanding co-worker, Ella is being pulled in all directions. Add in his mother, her mother – who is a scream, Starky the dog, Dan’s perfect ex-wife, her soon-to-be husband and his ‘dreamy’ twin boys (yep, sarcasm) and we begin to see why Ella always feels out of the loop.

This is a really good read; moving along at a good pace, there is always something happening. The characters are plenty and varied – Ella’s very embarrassing mother Renee has to be my favourite, I have laughed so much both with and at this woman! The writing flows smoothly and the result is a very enjoyable book. However, I did feel that the ending was rather abrupt and that, for me, took the shine off a bit.

My thanks to publishers Sapere Books for providing my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Sapere Books
  • Publication Date: 28 June 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


DOsFm66XUAADoTTFollowing a childhood spent writing her first books, most notably, Our Book about Jesus – a self-help guide for fellow young Catholics, and, The Sleepover – a compelling tale of a midnight feast, shockingly intercepted by fictitious parents with badly drawn hands, Patricia Caliskan always liked to play with words.

Patricia first saw her name misspelt in print aged 17, interviewing hungover rock stars and illegible actors for an Arts and Entertainment magazine. After graduating from the University of Liverpool, Patricia joined Trinity Mirror Newsgroup, working as editor across a portfolio of lifestyle magazine titles.

Patricia likes a good pair of boots, wearing perfume with her pyjamas, and laughter. Lots of laughter. Because without it life feels far too grown up for her liking. Told with mischievous humour, Patricia’s stories explore family dynamics, office politics, and the divergent roles of women throughout their lives.

Girlfriend, Interrupted is Patricia’s second novel: her first, Awful by Comparison, will be reissued by Sapere Books this summer.




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