Family for Beginners

Family for Beginners

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"New York florist Flora Donovan is living the dream, but her bubbly optimism hides a secret. She's lonely. Orphaned as a child, she's never felt like she's belonged anywhere... until she meets Jack Parker. He's the first man to ever really see her, and it's life changing. Teenager Izzy Parker is holding it together by her fingertips. Since her mother passed away a year ago, looking after her dad and little sister is the only thing that makes Izzy feel safe. Discovering her father has a new girlfriend is her worst nightmare - she is not in the market for a replacement mom. Then her father invites Flora on their summer vacation...Flora's heart aches for Izzy, but she badly wants her relationship with Jack to work. As the summer unfolds, Flora must push her own boundaries to discover parts of herself she never knew existed - and to find the family she's always wanted." -- Publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada :, HQN,, [2020]
Description: 358 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781335141637
Branch Call Number: Morg


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Sep 24, 2020

'Family for Beginners' is a story about grief, secrets, fear, hurt and the worry of betraying someone you loved.

'Family for Beginners' tends to be repetitive, but it's almost like the repetitiveness of gold-mining. You see more little glints of gold each time.

It's a story told in (mostly) two points of view, that of a woman and a child each struggling with hurt and trying to know their place. It's emotional, it's wry,
"Flora glanced at the photos again. Apart from the one taken on Mount Kilimanjaro, they were all of Becca and her family. There was one of Becca sailing, her hair flying in the wind as she laughed up at Jack. Flora was sure that in the same situation half her hair would be in her mouth and the other half in her eyes."

it's honest,
"Did you ever end a friendship?
"Several times." Her mother was calm. "And I'm not pretending it was easy, but nor do I ever regret it. Life is too short to fill it with friends who don't care about you or bring you joy. Moaners, the people who drain you or use you, flaky friends who never show up when they say they will - unless those flaky friends make you happy of course, in which case keep them. But bad friends are like the old clothes in your closet, They're the stained shirt, the sweater with a hole in it, the dress that no longer fits. They have no place and should be cleared out."

and sometimes it's cringe worthy insipid.

And therein lies my problem with 'Family for Beginners', encapsulated on pages 348-349 which contains a stunning litany of platitudes that must have come from some unknown writers 'Guide to Convenient Banalities' to help them end a story. Surely, there is a handy list and it seems the author was determined to use them all. It was so unnecessary.

3.5 stars

Aug 24, 2020

This was a great book very real life situations.

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Jun 03, 2020

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