Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan
Published: May 5, 2020
Publisher: HQN Books
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary
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I received a digital ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
An orphaned florist who has always longed for a family of her own meets a widowed man when he comes into her flower shop looking to buy a flower arrangement for his older daughter. They fall in love and when she meets his daughters, she immediately learns that the road to winning them over will be anything but smooth.
Sarah Morgan’s characters have so much depth and she makes it so easy to admire and fall in love with them–though Flora trying to get everyone in Jack’s life to love her is not easy at all. Characters are genuine; From Flora’s naivete regarding how to be a part of a family to Izzy’s extremely stubborn and prickly attitude towards her father’s new girlfriend. Readers will be hard-pressed to find a dishonest character in this one. Morgan’s exploration of grief is special–how do you stay mad or disappointed at someone who died, especially knowing their history? But what if they did something hurtful, unforgivable? An engaging love story in which romance actually takes a backseat to familial themes.
*Content/Trigger Warnings: Death of a loved one (including death by drowning).
I’ve read many of Sarah Morgan’s books, including her O’Neil Brothers series, Puffin Island series, and From Manhattan with Love series. If you are a fan of contemporary romances and have yet to read any of her works, I cannot recommend her enough.