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Relatively Sane (Relatively Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
**Silver Medal Winner at the 2109 International Readers Favorite Awards!
"The Masterson clan is back and funnier than ever in this delightful tale. Dineen's comedic timing is pure gold!" -Jennifer Peel, Bestselling Author of My Not So Wicked Stepbrother
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.
Will the renovation be a success? Or will secrecy and jealousy make Cat regret the day she packed her bags and left New York?
Find out in this hysterical tale packed with small-town charm, family drama, and true love.
From the Publisher
As a kid, I had an ongoing fantasy. I’m waiting for the school bus to pick me up in front of my family farm, when a shiny black Lincoln Town Car pulls up next to me. A very attractive woman in the back seat rolls down her window and bursts into tears. She gasps, “Buffy, is that you?” (Note: I might have been enthralled with the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the time. I was definitely a fan of the name.) The woman and her equally handsome husband leap out of the car and throw their arms around me, engulfing me in a cloud of Chanel Number 5 and Versace Man.
Between sobs of joy, she calls to her husband, “Charles, it’s our baby. It’s really her!”
They tighten their embrace and I become the filling in a Pendleton wool sandwich. This wonderful, loving, perfectly ordinary couple, decked out in city clothes, explains how there was a mix-up at the hospital where I was born. Their baby and another were returned to the wrong bassinets after feeding time. They only discovered the truth when the person they thought was their daughter ran off and joined the circus as it passed through their town.
The woman says, “We knew then and there a mistake had been made. A child of ours would never dream of such nonsense.
”In retrospect, I realize I hadn’t thought this through very well. I should have wondered what kind of parents wouldn’t go after the child they’d raised and save her from a life of carnie living. At the time, I was too involved in my fantasy and the comforting explanation of why I was growing up in a near-insane asylum—a.k.a. Masterton Hall, a.k.a. an old farm house in Central Illinois. It was much easier to convince myself that I didn’t belong to the people who laid claim to me. I was Buffy Summers and my real family wasn’t embarrassing in the least.
This fantasy got me through some tough times. Like when my grandmother Nan called my little league coach a fukakta screwball who needed his eyes examined, I consoled myself that we didn’t share the same blood. As such, the shame I was feeling wasn’t really my own.
When my dad showed up to all my school functions wearing a kilt and boasting about the joys of being Scottish, I was comforted that the wrong girl was being called Catriona Masterton. When my mother bought six sauerkraut crocks because they were on sale, even though she hated sauerkraut, I said to myself, “Cat, these aren’t your people. Don’t lose hope. Your real parents will find you and take you away from all this.” When my brother Travis started to walk around the house in my mom’s high heels, I reminded myself that Buffy was an only child
.It wasn’t until high school that I finally accepted the Summers were no more than wishful thinking on my part, and that I belonged to the Masterton clan, hook, line, and sinker. Part of my acceptance was because I’d fallen head over heels in love with my childhood playmate, Sam Hawking ...
- "Dineen pulls readers back into the absurd world of the Masterson family in this side-splitting sequel to Relatively Normal. Dineen's characterizations of her wacky cast make it easy for those new to the series to jump into the chaos, and there are enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning. Readers are sure to laugh and cringe along with the characters as they navigate this rom-com's many mishaps." --Publishers Weekly
- "Relatively Sane (Relativity Series Book 2) by Whitney Dineen is a hilarious story. It's got comedy, drama, love, confrontation and more with some fabulous characters. I did not read the first book in the series but I fell into this one very easily. The characters were just wonderful, developed, and so realistic that I could picture them in my mind as I was reading. The story itself is a funny, well-paced tale set in a quirky town with a dysfunctional family - I so wanted to be there!" --Readers Favorite, 5/5 stars
- "The Masterson's put the FUN in dysfunctional! Relatively Sane is a laugh out loud romantic comedy full of hilarious and endearing characters that you'll want to be your friends. Nan is my hero! Buckle your seatbelts. You're in for a face paced, zany, romantic ride that you won't want to stop." -Jamie Albright, bestselling author of Running From a Rockstar
- "Dineen pulls readersback into the absurd world of the Masterson family in this side-splittingsequel to Relatively Normal. Dineen's characterizations of her wacky cast make it easyfor those new to the series to jump into the chaos, and there are enough twistsand turns to keep the pages turning. Readers are sure to laugh and cringe alongwith the characters as they navigate this rom-com's many mishaps." --PublishersWeekly
- "The Masterson's are back in a hilarious new romcom by the irrepressible Whitney Dineen!" --USA Today bestselling author, S.E. Babin
- "The Masterson clan is back and funnier than ever in this delightful tale. Dineen's comedic timing is pure gold!" --Jennifer Peel, bestselling author of My Not So Wicked Stepbrother
- "Relatively Sane was laugh out loud, pee in your pants funny! I stayed up way too late reading it because I couldn't manage to put it down!" --Annabelle Costa, author of My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend
- "The Masterton clan is at it again. Small-town charm with laugh out loud escapades. You'll wish you were born Scottish if only to be a part of this crew! Let go of all the stress in your life and laugh the day away with Relatively Sane." --Kathryn Biel, Author of Made for Me
- "With sneaky, stuffed rodents, naked snow rolls, and bodice-ripper-addicted grandmas, Relatively Sane is chock-full of the memorably eccentric characters and riotous comedic bits I always love in Whitney Dineen's books. Underlying all the funny is a story with true heart and wonderful messages about family, friendship, inclusivity, second chances, and pursuing your dreams." --Tracie Banister, award-winning author of Izzy As Is
- "While Whitney continues with all the fantastic one-liners,you will have a wee bit of craic while reading this delightful novel. Just remember tears run down your cheeks and legs! Whitney Dineen is one of my top favorite rom-com authors, right up there with Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, and Julia Kent." --A.J. Book Remarks
- "Relatively Normal is everything a romcom should be ... wildly funny and deliciously romantic. I couldn't put it down and you won't be able to either." --Melanie Summers, bestselling author of The Royal Treatment
- "This second helping of the Masterton clan was everything I could have hoped for! Lots of laughs and love packed into this fast-paced read!" --Becky Monson, author of Just a Name
- ASIN : B07NPYSFF7
- Publisher : 33 Partners Publishing (April 1, 2019)
- Publication date : April 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 966 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 354 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #89,085 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I give this book 3.5 stars rounding to a 4. Our main girl Cat is back in this second installment about the Masterton clan. She is home and looking to start a new life for herself in familiar territory. She has rekindled (kinda) her relationship with Sam and is excited with being home and with her family. Now she just needs to figure out how shes going to go from a party planner in the big apple to a career in her small hometown.
I was intending on giving this book a 3, but the ending was really good. I felt like the entire first half of the book could have been a couple chapters because it practically went over the majority of what happened in the first book. This allows for people to hop right in to the second book without having to read Relatively Normal first. That wouldn’t have bothered me if I didn’t feel like Cat just kept repeating her reasons for moving home and not quite trusting Sam. Honestly, it’s been 14 years give the man a break!
Probably my most favorite thing about this book was Nan! We see so much more of her spunky personality in this installment, and I’m sure we all wish we had our very own Nan now. I loved seeing Cat embrace her family even more and accepting them for who they are. I really enjoyed the new characters, except for one in particular (once again avoiding spoilers, you’re welcome).
Much like the first book, this book was really more comedy than romantic comedy in my opinion. I really would have like to see more romance between Cat and Sam. It just felt very superficial to me. I’m not one that necessarily wants details like those in Nan’s Scottish romances, but I would have liked a little more than was provided.
The second half of the book was 100x better than the first, so if you are like me and getting bogged down at the beginning I promise the end is so worth it. Dinee really has a great writing style; everything flows well. This book was less “choppy” than the last, and the chapter breaks fit really well! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun read that is sure to put a smile on your face!
Romance: kissing, some sexual references, no details
Top reviews from other countries
What can I say, they are the family everyone secretly, and not so secretly, wants to be a part of. Warm, loving and crazy