As a 31 year old, I don’t *quite* resonate with the fmc, HOWEVER, I adored this book. Frankie is hilarious. Her dry humour and witty banter was sublime.
Following the months after divorcing her husband and her son leaving for university, Frankie decides to get back on the bandwagon and make the most of her single life 🤣
I’m a woman’s woman through and through and I LOVED the exploration of a divorced woman being back on the dating scene and fighting against the view that single woman cant enjoy themselves. I thought that the subliminal message in this was done so cleverly
The most laugh out loud hilarious story it's honest and sincere. Highly relateable and I recommend it for adults only as it is so brutally honest with a few swear words thrown in for good measure.
Divorced (Not Dead) goes into the comedic and sometimes heartbreaking world of online dating. Frankie had just started her life over. She is in the process of divorcing her husband that she has labelled Twatface, her son has left for university, and she has opened up a new business using the only savings she has. When her friend suggests getting back into the dating scene, she is introduced to online dating. She quickly learns that dating isn't what it used to be with catfishing, kittenfishing, ghosting and all the wonderful kinks of the internet.
This was a highly entertaining book. You know a book is going to be great when the first chapter is titled F--k You Mars. I loved Frankie as a character and enjoyed her adventure as she learned how to navigate online dating. However, I was not the biggest fan of Frankie and Stef's relationship and wish the ending had been different.
Divorced (Not Dead) is out now.
Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Book UK for the opportunity to review Divorced (Not Dead). All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book is such a hoot!
It's refreshingly real and relatable, huge fun and breathtakingly honest, and yet in that honesty, there is also real compassion and sensitivity with gallons of humour thrown in for good measure.
Frankie is a great character, she's feisty, fun, real, relatable and very down-to-earth, I love the fact that we have an older heroine than the stereotypical twenty-something which we seem to be bombarded with lately, she is a breath of fresh air and we really need to see more leading women in their 40's and 50's.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, the writing is light-hearted and so very easy to read, loved it!
thank you to netgalley for the advanced reading copy. I really enjoyed this and will be getting copies for my shop.
Who would have thought a book about a group of people quilting would be such a good read.. To be fair that's not all it's about but it was my favourite part. Frankie has just split up from her nasty, twisted husband and started up her own business with a quilting supplies shop. At the age of 50 she thinks she is too old for romance but her best friend Bel and the girls in her quilting group talk her into trying a few internet dating sites. I loved her descriptions of some of the quite frankly crazy men she meets. She really enjoys winding up those who are obviously catfishing. Some of her replies had me laughing out loud. Then there are the dates she goes on, I won't give any details as that would spoil it for future readers but any woman who refers to her. ex-husband as twatface is going to have some great names for her dates. Of course there is a real love interest in hunky half Slovakian Stefan who comes along to Frankie's quilting group to escort his elderly mother but he's engaged to the beautiful Zuzana so he's out of bounds. Or is he?
This was a real laugh. The different women in the quilting group she sets up to draw people to her shop are hilarious. From blue haired Paige to posh Michelle they are all determined to find Frankie a man and have set their minds firmly on Stefan. I can't wait to find out what this author will come out with next.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book
This was a simple, fun, easy and quick read. The perfect type of book for your holiday, beach, pool kind of read. This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and I would read more of their work. The book cover is eye-catching and appealing and would spark my interest if in a bookshop. Thank you very much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.
This appealed to me with its promise of a hilarious insight into online dating. And, it was certainly enlightening - a real how-to or how-not-to guide - but sadly it also confirmed all my preconceptions about dating apps. I did also find it annoying that despite wanting to rediscover herself after a long, lonely and emotionally abusive marriage, Frankie fell for Stef after just a few weeks and one encounter. It was quite a difficult read too with long chapters and long monologues plus a LOT of swearing. I'm not opposed to swearing but it was definitely overdone (although apparently reduced from the 545 swear words in the first draft) and seemed largely just for the sake of it. That said it was funny, apt and insightful too. I particularly liked the wisdom that "the only way to predict the future is to create it."
I am delighted to have ended what has been a difficult year with a book which has really made me laugh out loud and Divorced (Not Dead) ticked all the right boxes. It’s sassy, irreverent, gloriously funny, but also wise and absolutely wonderful.
Fifty year old Frankie Brumby is newly divorced from her coercive husband of two decades when, on the advice of her best friend, she enters the tricky waters of on-line dating. With her dating profile established and her confidence hovering around zero, Frankie soon discovers that there is a lot more to learn about this online dating malarkey. With a whole new online language to learn, and some pretty disastrous dates, Frankie eventually starts to have more fun than she could ever have imagined.
Whilst I laughed out loud at the online dating references, and learned things I had no idea about, the crafter in me thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the wonderful characters who join Frankie at her weekly quilting group which shows the versatility of this talented author who can deliver two aspects of the same story, one filled with warmth and empathy and the other with a more ribald look at the vagaries of life. And then there’s Stephan, who adds a whole different dimension to the story, and who had me on his team from his first appearance.
Divorced (not dead) is absolutely fabulous, from start to finish, with a minor caveat that if you’re offended by the frequent use of the F-word or mild references to the sexual shenanigans of a newly divorced fifty-something then maybe this isn’t the story for you …however, if you love a rom com with a fair amount of sass, with a brave and bold heroine who fills your heart with delight and a cast of quirky characters who make turning the pages such a joy then, I am sure, this story will entertain you as much as it did me.
I am Frankie. 50, divorced and back on the dating scene. Her ex is Twatface. Mine is Cheating B*****d.
Her forays into internet dating I can so relate to. Even the chats with friends have so many parallels with my life.
That’s what I loved about this book. A hard subject that has a funny side and at times uplifting. An entertaining read.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to see an ARC.
This is a twenty first century comedy of manners about a fifty something menopausal woman re-entering the dating scene following her divorce. I found it well observed and quite amusing but the humour got a bit tedious after a while - maybe too much to sustain for the whole novel. Quite a nice light read, but not especially memorable, though I’m massively in favour of seeing more female heroines on the wrong side of fifty.
With thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
It's quintessentially British and the humour is spot on. The characters are strong and follow the story nicely. When I read the title I didn't know what to expect but it was a good fun surprise.
This book is really a "how to do"online dating book. Frankie ditches her dying marriage just before christmas, she doesn't love him, he is dating a neighbour behind her back and had remortgaged their house in a dodgy scheme leaving them both with nothing after the sale of the house. Fortunately Frankie has inherited some money from a relative and 2uses this as start up capital for her own business, running a quilting shop in the old town of Lincoln.
This book follows her journey through dating apps and friendly advice as she starts to build up her business, her self respect after being in a relationship with a dominant man and exploring different sex and dating options.
Perhaps a little too long in places, a little repetative and very keen on the F*** word, the book mostly kept my interest. I liked the character development, the advice from Frankies best friend Bel (and the quilting club) . Was not convinced by Gita & Zuzana's stories . I also liked that Frankie develops more self assertion as the book goes on.
Amusing on the whole and a good documentation of a middle aged women re-entering the dating market.
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC
Frankie has left her husband of 20 years. Not a decision she’s taken lightly but she’s had enough of his lies and financial misdemeanours … her bestie (and new mum) Bel persuaded her to sign up to some dating apps to get herself back out there…
The first encounter of online dating and Plenty Of Fish is hilarious. I’ve never personally used this way of meeting me, so it’s an entertaining education!! If what Frankie experiences is close to what really goes on, I don’t think I’d take any of the men on the dating apps seriously!
I love Frankie’s friendship with Bel. They just bounce off each other but they listen and counsel on each other’s problems and predicaments. To be fair, some of Frankie’s actions are led by Bel’s sometimes stoned, sometimes super tired advice!
Divorced (Not Dead) is a fun read, it had me chuckling most of the way through. Obviously there were some sobering moments to add that bit of balance to the light hearted narrative. Ford took me on a journey of rediscovering life and its ups and downs as a singleton. Brilliant book!
Newly single Frankie finds herself on the dating scene again. Many a false start along the way. Will she get the man of her dreams or find herself single?
Lots of laughs throughout . Perfect easy read.
An enchanting journey through vividly imagined worlds and compelling characters. This fiction gem weaves a tapestry of emotions, adventure, and unexpected twists that kept me eagerly turning the pages. The author's masterful storytelling evokes a powerful connection, making this book an absolute delight to read. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a captivating escape into a richly crafted story!
Thank you to Netgalley, the publishers and of course the author for gifting me this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
I found this book really funny and definitely descriptive - the author did not hold back on character opinions when it came to Frankies ex husband haha. Definitely shows the funny side and the horrors of dating in the current times especially when having to venture out after many years.
Good for people who want an older MFC and someone that doesn't mind a bit of foul language!
Honestly… I was glad when it was over.
The plot started well but from midway it just fell apart. The narrative became repetitive and I couldn’t stand main character Frankie. There was such an arrogance about her that just irritated me.
I didn’t like the cheating, the swearing was unnecessary (f**k was written 199 times) and the weed smoking was a bit weird.
It was dubbed as a hilarious debut - I don’t agree. It tried too hard and fell flat.
"Divorced Not Dead" by Harper Ford is a witty and entertaining rom-com. Ford's storytelling is humorous and engaging, with relatable characters navigating the ups and downs of post-divorce life.
Not bad but not a book I would recommend. Found it hard to warm to Frankie and the up down relationship between her and Stef got tiring after a while.
2.5 rounded up to 3.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC, this is my unpaid, unbiased review