I find it easy to fall into a Sarah Morgan novel and Family for Beginners had me hooked from the prologue.
(I’ve just realised this is my 11th Sarah Morgan novel!)
Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan is published by HQ and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.
Who says you can’t choose your family?
When Flora falls in love with Jack, suddenly she’s not only handling a very cranky teenager, but she’s also living in the shadow of Jack’s perfect, immortalised wife, Becca. Every summer, Becca and Jack would holiday with Becca’s oldest friends and Jack wants to continue the tradition, so now Flora must face a summer trying to live up to Becca’s memory, with not only Jack’s daughter looking on, but with Becca’s best friends judging her every move…
The more Flora tries to impress everyone, the more things go horribly wrong…but as the summer unfolds, Flora begins pushing her own boundaries, and finding herself in a way that she never thought she needed to.
And she soon learns that families come in all shapes and sizes.
Family for Beginners was over far too soon! I loved all the characters and was reluctant to let them go …
Flora, using an old strategy to try and fit in and failing miserably; Izzy, drifting further from her friends in her grief and taking on the nurturing role in the family; Molly (she’s simply adorable), who is withdrawn and doesn’t do the things she used to love; Clare, with her moral dilemma and Jack, who needs a woman like Flora to make him realise there is more running under the surface (and made me feel safe and protected!). I’ve enjoyed watching them grow and flourish as they try to find their way through the maze of emotions.
I loved the banter between Clare and her husband Todd which brought smiles. An extremely funny moment comes to mind where Clare and her mum are in the attic of her mum’s house. 🙂 A lovely balance of emotions.
There were a couple of surprises I didn’t see coming – I was too wrapped up in what was happening to be thinking ahead.
This is a story that adults and YA can relate to. Izzy, coming of age in a time of turmoil is the perfect example of angst that teens feel – about where she fits in her family and the insecurity of stepping out independently in a not too far way away future. Those feelings are heightened by more than the grief she is feeling over the loss of her mum. Such a mix of emotions! The more she pushed away, the more she pulled me in. Flora has her own fears to face as well as being unsure and wanting to do the right thing for the family as a whole. Staying at Lake Lodge for the summer is a fabulous setting for everything to come unwound and for truths to surface.
This was a fast read for me and the perfect escape. Highly recommended.
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Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 16 million copies of her books, and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and have earned her starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal.
Sarah lives near London, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves spending time outdoors, walking or riding her mountain bike. She frequently stops to take photographs, much to the annoyance of her family.