* Review * FAMILY FOR BEGINNERS by Sarah Morgan

* Review * FAMILY FOR BEGINNERS by Sarah MorganFamily for Beginners by Sarah Morgan
Published by HQN Books on May 5, 2020
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Sarah Morgan returns with a life-affirming exploration of love, loss, and how families come in all shapes and sizes…

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.


An emotionally charged story of starting over! FAMILY FOR BEGINNERS by Sarah Morgan revolves around a man who lost his wife, his teenage daughter who took the world onto her shoulders as her way of coping and the new woman who’s beginning to become the light of his life. The story line is quick to hook the reader and the characters keep our attention throughout. I really enjoyed it!

Jack Parker is a bit obtuse but easy enough to like. He sees his children through the filter that his eldest daughter has developed and doesn’t see the subtle nuances that reflect the chaos below the surface. He’s beginning to feel like Flora could be the love of his life and can’t believe there could be anything wrong with those feelings.

Isabella Parker has programmed herself to be perfect and won’t stand for letting her father down. She knows a secret that eats at her soul and that and her very existence are weighting heavily on her actions. She can’t let this new woman come in and take the only place she has left.

Flora Donovan is delightful. She’s kind and understanding and has no idea of what she’s walking into when she begins to date Jack. She sees herself in the eyes of his teen and can feel the despair she tries so hard to hide.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys family drama as a setting stone to overcoming odds and finding happiness. It’s fast paced and full of emotion.


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