Review: Relatively Sane by Whitney Dineen

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Catriona Masterton’s family is not normal.

Her father has a passion for taxidermized animals that he dresses in the family plaid. Her mother has a penchant for hoarding kitchen gadgets and other oddities that leave her sanity in question. Her grandmother, Nan, has never met a swearword she doesn’t like.

Despite all this, party-planner Cat leaves the hustle and bustle of New York City to move back to her tiny hometown outside of Chicago. She even buys her parents’ farm with plans to turn the barn into a stylish wedding venue.

Enter House to Home Television’s Renovation Brothers. Cat gets accepted as one of the show’s projects, bringing two gorgeous brothers to her doorstep. Unbeknownst to Cat, the TV hosts are behind a secret her newfound boyfriend will go to great lengths to keep hidden.

With all the upheaval—her parents’ chaotic move, her grandmother joyfully causing trouble wherever she goes, a film crew documenting her home being torn apart, and her boyfriend’s odd behavior—Cat’s starting to wonder if signing up for a reality TV show was a big mistake.



My Thoughts:

Relatively Sane continues Catriona Masterson’s zany story of returning home to her wacky lovable family in Illinois. She is making up for lost time with her family, deciding if she wants to allow her “ex’ back in her life, and figuring out what she is going to do for a career now that she has left her successful event-planning business in New York.

If you love dysfunctional families and home improvement shows, you’ll love Relatively Sane. After Catriona decides to stay in Illinois, she jumps on the opportunity to buy the family farm from her parents. Her brilliant Nan suggests applying to one of those home renovation programs in order to get the place in livable condition, and that adds on another layer of crazy.

Between construction and television production craziness, Catriona must deal with her ex-fiance living in a friend’s yurt and trying a new-age alternative-health regime and her new boyfriend’s sudden unavailability. Was she too quick to forgive him and let him back in her life?

This funny heart-of-gold story is filled with messages about forgiveness, family, and inclusivity. Because author Whitney Deenen goes to great length to include a summary of past events, Relatively Sane can easily be read as a standalone story. If the crazy characters aren’t enough, the insane plot twists keep things interesting.

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