Family Affair

Look I’ll be frank…better than being Zoe…ba, dum, dum, dum…ok I’m done. Sorry- not funny I know. I’m done I swear.

To be frank, in trolling B & N, I’ve picked and put down this book 5 times. Authors-heads up. The cover really does matter. Not just the cover art on the front page (this was adorable but slightly gross all at the same time) but also the description on the back.

Why did I pick it up 5 times? I like Caprice Crane. I liked Stupid and Contagious. Why did I put it back down? Because the description is well… what? Campy, formulaic, better suited to a 30 minute sitcom…pick any of them.

This was the Synopsis

When Layla Brennan married her high school sweetheart, Brett Foster, she finally got the big, loving family she’d always wanted: his. Now she’s closer to Brett’s parents than he is, partners with his sister in a successful pet-photography business, and confidant to his younger brother. She couldn’t be more of a Foster if she’d been born one. There’s just one problem: Brett wants a divorce. Stunned and heartbroken, Layla turns to the Fosters for comfort, only to realize that losing Brett means losing them as well. What else can she do but sue him for the most valuable thing he’s got–namely, his family. Breaking up may be hard to do, but for Layla and Brett it’s even harder to undo.

Fresh, funny, poignant, and brimming with insight into what makes modern families tick–and what can blow them apart–Family Affair proves that in love and war, everything’s relative.

I think it was the last sentence in particular that made me walk away so many times, the phrase ‘gag me with a spoon’ floating to the surface from whichever closet I store all gone but not forgotten 80’s phrases.

Finally in a moment of weakness and picked this up with a bunch of other books. Once home, snuggled in on the sofa with a nice glass of merlot and two hours later I emerged.

This book is so much more!

Flipping back and forth from character to character was a little odd- yet strangely made for a much deeper story. This is truly a story of marriage, of relationships, of how we take those closest to us for granted and how easy it is to walk away.

Purely fabulous almost from the start- was a little touch and go in the middle (mother gets Alzheimer's) I hate when author’s rely on a Grey’s Anatomy to move the story forward. Yes I know illness happens…but for god’s sake…every single book I read lately is cancer, illness, death of a loved one. It’s lazy writing. Yes- I’m very aware I just condemned myself to some horrible disease but moving forward.

Ending was perfect! Don’t read the description- just go read it. You need a happy ending. One that’ll make you smile.




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