Get it at Amazonfrom our DIK review: Family for Beginners is a sweet, heart-wrenching exploration of family and the ties that bind us. As with other books I’ve read by Sarah Morgan, the tone managed to stay light in spite of difficult topics, and after only a few pages, I was fully invested in the characters and absorbed into the book. Although Family for Beginners is nominally about Flora Donovan’s budding relationship with recently-widowed Jack Parker, its real focus is on Flora’s journey to be accepted by Jack’s two daughters, and his teenage daughter’s Izzy’s struggle to come to terms with her mother’s death. As the book opens, we find that the late Becca Parker has left some sort of unfinished business or secret behind her, known only to her childhood friend Clare. It’s a mystery that builds through the book, keeping the reader wondering if and how this secret may be getting in everyone’s way. Flora was raised by a single mother who died when she was a child, and thereafter was cared for – begrudgingly - by her aunt. She’s been essentially alone in the world since she was eighteen, and so does all she can to hold onto the few connections she has. Flora works at the same flower shop her mother used to, and she’s a very committed friend, though she feels she is always on the outside looking in at other people’s cheerful lives. When Jack appears in her shop needing a bouquet for his daughter, the two strike up an easy friendship which quickly blooms into love. Flora’s only apprehension lies in the thought of meeting Jack’s daughters.
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