Friday, May 29, 2020

Review - Accidentally Family by Sasha Summers

Accidentally Family
by Sasha Summers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2020

Welcome to Pecan Valley, where the town may be small but the townspeople will always lend a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on. Where good times, good humor, and good people will always lead to happily ever after.

Life for Felicity, and her teen children, is finally back on track. After her divorce, she wasn’t sure if her sweet family would ever be the same. But things are good––right up until her ex’s spirited toddler lands on Felicity’s doorstep. If the universe is going to throw lemons at her, thank God she has her best friend, Graham, to help her make lemonade out of them. How did she never notice how kind and sexy he is?

Graham is still recovering from his wife’s death years ago and trying to help his teen daughter get her life together. Who is he kidding? His daughter hates him. Forget lemons––he’s got the entire lemon tree. So when Felicity suggests they join forces and help each other, he’s all in. And suddenly he can’t stop thinking about her as more than just a friend. Too bad their timing couldn’t be worse…

Because life rarely goes as planned. Luckily there are many different kinds of family to hold you together and lift you maybe even a little love between friends.

A beautifully written story full of emotion that touches the heart. Sasha Summers has written a story that weaves together a tale of grief, loss, anger, hope, and love, and how the bonds of family can be tested but hold true through it all.

Felicity and Graham were both strong characters. It was easy to relate to both of them as they tried to be strong and do the right thing for their kids, but also were faced with their own emotions as they began to realize that their hearts wanted each other. I especially felt for Graham as he dealt with his daughter - they have been through so much and neither of them have dealt with their trauma well. It was clear that Felicity has not had to deal with the same things Graham has had to, and she appears to be a super-mom, but…I loved the way she dealt with her kids as their stable world gets turned upside down - and also that it showed she wasn’t always the super-mom that she showed to the world, that she had feelings that extended beyond her children and that she was learning that it was ok to not be ok sometimes.
“You can be angry, Nickie.” Felicity touched his chin, waiting for him to look at her. “You have every right to be angry. It’s what you do with it that’s important. Lashing out at the world only makes it worse. And, in all likelihood, hurts the ones around you. The ones who love you more than anything.”
Although this is Felicity and Graham’s story, this book is so much more. The other storylines added so much dimension to the book and helped define who both Felicity and Graham were as individuals, to their families and friends, and to each other. I enjoyed getting to know the kids and watching the first love bloom between Honor and Owen, seeing Nick struggle as he dealt with his father’s betrayal, and watching Diana’s rebellion were great stories on their own, but I loved how they were interwoven with one another, showcasing the family ties that they all have. I just loved Felicity’s sister Charity, who has her own challenges she is facing - and I can’t wait to see how her story plays out.

This book had multiple points of view which sounds overwhelming but actually helped with understanding the characters and the relationships they had. There was a lot going on in this book and I did find there were a few minor things that felt forced or maybe just needed a little more discovery to understand. Honor and Owen were wonderful together, but I never fully understood her reluctance to get involved with him and felt there was more of a story there. I also felt there was so much more story surrounding Felicity’s ex-husband, his mistress, and their baby. The video from the nanny-cam was kind of left hanging and I wished there was just a bit more closure to that relationship. Not major issues, just a couple things I wanted to know more about - and maybe some of the answers will be discovered in future books!

Sasha Summers has crafted a realistic, emotional, heart-felt book that will bring all the feels. What starts off as a tragedy turns in to a love story that conveys hope and highlights the bonds of family and definitely belongs on any bookshelf!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley of this book.

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