A Modern Family by Helga Flatland

#BlogTour #BookReview A Modern Family by Helga Flatland

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 276

Publisher: OrendaBooks

Available: 21st June 2019

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Drama / Family

With thanks to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours Karen of #OrendaBooks #TeamOrenda and of course the Author Helga for my copy of this astonishingly honest and Heartfelt Story.


When Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce.

Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history.

A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…

My Thoughts:

As always with books from OrendaBooks, I devoured this! From opening the first page I couldn’t put it down until it was finished!

This is the first I have read from the Author, and so I wasn’t certain what to expect, other than with this being an Author OrendaBooks was publishing, I had certain expectations as to how much I would enjoy it, and I certainly do not feel let down.

The Authors writing style is intriguing, something about it just maintains a hook in the reader even in scenes that aren’t necessarily comfortable: as may be expected from the title of “A Modern Family”, we expect to see some situation with which we may be familiar. Having read the blurb, I knew some of what to expect, and yet there was some feeling of surprise.

Divorce and the resulting changes to life for those involved, either the couple or those around them, are topics which some have considered, but never before have I seen such an honest recreation of the variety of emotions that run alongside. The changes to moods, to situations within the family and without, the changes that effect everyone involved. The Author has done a truly amazing job of taking what can be a truly horrendous time, and recreating it in such a way as to be thoroughly engaging whilst maintaining a brutal honesty in the representation of the scenarios given.

The Characters are relatable and realistically unpredictable in their responses at times. I say realistically, because everybody reacts differently to highly emotive moments in life, and separations are one of modern times most emotive circumstances ti find yourself involved in, for you and partner and for any children involved in the relationship, often regardless of their age.

Most stories which consider separation or divorce centre around those going through the separation, what I adored about this story is that it centres around the three grown children. Their reactions, the rippling and cascading effect of the upheaval and emotional strain. This is something which I personally think needs more awareness, more honest consideration in order to educate those as to the effects on the people around them, the potential need for support not just for the couple but for the people closest to them, and Helga has certainly delivered in that regard.

I found myself glued to the pages, desperate to see how this would turn out for everyone involved, and found the story to be an accurate representation which was full of genuine highly emotive scenes that will have readers in awe of the Authors talent for weaving a tale.

About The Author:

Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read

authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize.

She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family, was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies.


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