Book Review: The Accidental Housemate


Cath Beckinsale is in a jam. She’s a single mum of three, with her 40th birthday in sight and a precarious hold on employment. And she can’t quite let go of her late husband Gaz, whose ashes are still in an urn on the kitchen table.

To make ends meet a student lodger seems like the perfect solution – after all, what’s one more child in the house? But when Dan flies in from the US with guitar and chest hair on display, it’s immediately clear that he’s no teenager, but someone who quickly sends life in an unexpected direction.


To start with, this is not a romcom. It is a women’s fiction novel that follows Cath, a single mother, as she navigates her grief of losing her husband and her journey of finding herself again.

The writing and plot were fine, and most of the characters were likeable, but this needs to be marketed better.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

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