With Family For Beginners, Sarah Morgan has surely added another bestseller to her ever-growing list.
The story flows beautifully with deep secrets gradually unfurling and while you might have ideas about what’s coming, I was still surprised.
It perfectly explores various themes including single life in our modern world, grief, human nature, blended families and love in its many forms.
Here’s the blurb:
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.
As ever, the writing is first class. Even though the point of view switches, Sarah seems to understand the complexities of navigating life for different generations. I felt Flora’s loneliness, the pressure building in teenage Izzy was palpable, the guilt and anger in Becca’s best friend soul destroying.
It was one of those books where, if you had the time, you could easily just keep reading until you had turned the last page.
In short, this book was a delight from start to finish and reading it made me sigh with pleasure.
Price: £3.99 (via Amazon).
My rating: Five stars.
With thanks to HQ (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.