Real Happy Family

Real Happy Family: A Novel - Caeli Wolfson Widger

Part-time actress, full-time party girl Lorelei Branch isn’t famous yet, but she’s perfected a Hollywood lifestyle full of clubbing, fashion, and the latest juice cleanse. When Robin, her sister-in-law and agent, throws a plum job her way, Lorelei jumps at the chance and auditions to be the new girl on television’s hottest reality show, Flo’s Studio.

Enter Colleen, Lorelei’s pill-popping mother, who wants nothing more than to see her daughter win the fame and glory she never had a chance to pursue herself. But Lorelei’s dream of becoming the next reality star is dashed when she loses the spot on Flo’s Studio to a stunning African woman. In an attempt to defend her daughter against what she calls a rigged contest, Colleen goes ballistic and delivers a racist rant on live television, sparking a national media frenzy. Lorelei flees the limelight, humiliated and broke, with her slacker boyfriend Don and heads for Reno where she begins to self-destruct.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Branch family starts to come apart at the seams. Colleen and her husband, Carl, are quietly drifting apart. Darren, Lorelei’s older half-brother, is stuck in Florida working on a contentious film set while his wife, Robin, continues the tedious regimen of fertility drugs meant to help them conceive a child. Desperate to bring the family together again and make things right, Colleen hatches a plan to stage an intervention for Lorelei on the reality show Real Happy Family. Soon the entire Branch family is entangled in a mission to bring the prodigal daughter back into the fold.

Will Lorelei ever forgive Colleen? Will Real Happy Family air their most sensational intervention yet? All roads lead to a seedy Reno hotel room, where a reality TV crew is waiting.


I picked up this Kindle book as an early look through Amazon Prime back in February...but didn't get around to reading until now. 


I am glad that I was able to get this book free as I was not a fan. I managed to read it straight through, and while I enjoyed the final chapter, getting there was kind of torturous for me. I guess I am not a fan of anything related to Hollywood or celebrity culture...especially reality tv. 


Technically it probably wasn't a bad book. The plot wasn't bad, and while the characters were fairly deplorable...they did appear to be fully formed. Shallow, but kind of was the point. 


If you like reality tv or catching up with the latest tabloid gossip you would probably enjoy this...of not, this is better left unread.