Mad About You is a funny chick-lit full to the brim with zany characters. Hidden beneath the humour though is the serious theme of trust and how easy it is to shatter it.
Series: Emma Hamilton #4
Published by Penguin Ireland on 01 Aug 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Womens Fiction
This is the forth book about Emma and James however each one can be read as a standalone. Previous books covered their battle with infertility, an adoption journey, the stress of parenting two young children. And now in this one they face yet another upheaval as they have to up sticks and move to England for James’s new job. Isolated, lonely and facing an outside threat to their marriage, this could be their toughest challenge yet.
I have loved the previous books by Sinead especially the first two in this series as they have mirrored my life to a certain extent. I understood the pain and heartbreak that Emma and James went through and this has given me a strong attachment to both characters. However the main reason I love these books is for the humour, they take a sad theme and turn it on its head. These books just make me giggle out loud at Emma’s ridiculous antics.
Emma is a character that it is hard not to like. She is impulsive, feisty, blundering and often suffers from verbal diarrhoea. James is solid as rock and is the ying to Emma’s yang. However in this book, Emma starts getting texts and messages that make her doubt everything that she thought she knew about James. The theme of trust and how quickly trust can be shattered is a theme that makes you stop and think how you would react in a similar situation.
It is always fun to spend time with Emma’s mother. She is a typical Irish mammy – bossy, interfering, full of contradictory advise and with a heart of gold. You want to strangle her and hug her all at the same time.
Emma’s sister Babs is featured in this book a lot as she is Emma’s only family (apart from in-laws) in England. As always Babs is a character that annoys me – she is selfish, self absorbed, self centred. She has her moments of seeming human but never enough to win me over. She has her own problems to cope with in this book so for a few short minutes I did manage some sympathy for her but only a few minutes as it wasn’t long before she was rubbing me up the wrong way again.
Mad About You is great fun and perfect for a few hours escapism. The characters bubble with life and you won’t forget about them easily. The pace holds up well and it keeps you eager to keep reading. Fun and silly but with moments of sadness, confusion and introspection, it really kept my attention.
However I do feel at times, that it gets a bit OTT. Like the comments Barbara makes on her reality show, it just feels too much. It borders on the ridiculous and while it’s fun, I would like to rein it in a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed the book but this issue stops it being a great book for me.
Who should read this book?
If you like chick-lit that is heavy on humour then you should like this one. Fans of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Sheila Flanagan would also enjoy.
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books (UK) for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.