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Family Features Strongly in my Reading

I love a book that explores family in all it’s depths and heights. This is my second post looking at family in books, I did one  back in August 2019, but with different books.These were all 4.5 to 5 stars for me and would love to reread them all.

book coverAt present I am reading and really enjoying this first one at the moment. Almost finished. The heroine lost her mother when she was very young and was brought up by a very ungracious aunt. Her heart is hungry for family. Jack is the Dad of two girls who lost their mother a year ago. One of the girls takes to Flora but Izzy, the other daughter, has huge issues and there is tension. The author’s intention I would hazard a guess at is to model really good openness and discussion within relationships.


book coverThis one explores what happens when a young aunt takes on the care of two nieces while there Dad is in a submarine and their mother is missing. And within the book there is mystery, shocks and an absorbing family story.


Book coverA single mother and her son and three children wo have been abandoned by their mother and their father is a wreck. Can a new blended family form?


book coverFor  the Guinness family a happy ending looks out of reach. Olly and Mae’s marriage is crumbling, their teenage daughter Evie is on a mission to self-destruct and their beloved Pops is dying of cancer. Their once strong family unit is slowly falling apart. Yes that is the opening and it sure just is a wonderful journey of family.


book coverIt is complicated family relationships at its best. It made me waver back and forth about all the characters – did I like them, did I agree with them, could I accept them for all their flaws? Final verdict is that I did hold them in my heart – wept at times and smiled at times. Cheered them on.



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12 thoughts on “Family Features Strongly in my Reading”

  1. Great list! I keep meaning to do a Connect 5 of my own but never seem to find the time! Always behind…

    I haven;t read any of these yet, but they all sound good. Let’s see, the last family novel I read was Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, all about how mental illness in one member affects the entire family. Oh, and I just finished Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos, which is a YA novel about how a brother’s addiction affects his sister – seeing a theme here? And I just finished Faithful Place by Tana French, which is a murder mystery BUT is very much about family (the dysfunctional family-of-origin of the detective).

    Great topic!


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  2. I love stories about family, too; even my thrillers need to have families somewhere in them. LOL.

    I’ve enjoyed Colgan and Emilie Richards, but haven’t yet read either of these.

    Thanks for sharing.


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