A Family Affair
by Robyn Carr
Publication Date April 5, 2022
Published by MIRA
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce, Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Life’s biggest dilemmas can provide its sweetest rewards
Anna McNichol knows how to take charge. Raised by a single mother, she’s worked to ensure her three children have every advantage she didn’t. And while her marriage has its problems, she values commitment and believes in "till death do us part." Now an empty nester, she’s at the peak of her career and ready to seize the opportunity to focus on her future.
But life can change in an instant, and when her husband dies suddenly, Anna’s carefully constructed world falls apart. The mysterious young woman at the memorial service confirms her husband had been keeping secrets, and Anna is determined to get to the truth.
For once, she doesn’t have the answers. Her kids are struggling with their grief, her mother’s health is in decline and Anna needs closure. Faced with one challenge after another, she finds support from an unexpected source. And as she puts her life back together, Anna realizes the McNichols may not be perfect but they’ll always be family, and family is forever.
A Family Affair by Robyn Carr is a stand-alone novel about one family who lost one of its own, and how they came together to help each other survive the loss and examine their past. I was riveted by this family drama and wanted each of the characters to find some happiness.
Anna McNichol was raised by a single mother and is now the mother of three adult children. Her work ethic is a result of being raised on the edge of poverty, and never feeling settled. In response, Anna works hard as a judge, working her way through law school with young children. Anna’s husband Chad is a therapist and active in the community. Their marriage on the outside was perfect, but after Chad’s sudden death in a rafting accident, secrets come out that affect the entire family, and maybe their marriage wasn’t as perfect as it seemed.
I love Robyn Carr’s heartwarming style of writing, and it shines in this book as well. She has a knack for exploring families, and their dynamics and her writing is compassionate as well as compelling. The characters are well developed and I wanted them to succeed and be happy. I especially related to Anna, the main character, and how her past dictated the decisions she’s made while raising her own family. Also, I thought it ironic how Chad was a therapist, and yet, his wife and children needed help as much as some of his clients.
I highly recommend A family Affair to anyone who loves a good family drama. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.