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  • A very enjoyable book, with lots of emotion

    A very enjoyable book, with lots of emotion. Jack is a father of two girls, Izzy 17 and Molly 7, and they lost their wife/mother a year ago very suddenly. Then when buying flowers for Izzy one day Jack meets Flora, who works in the florist, and a romance starts. Izzy has no family, having also lost her mother when she was young (8 years) and recently lost her aunt who took her in when her mother died, but was very unloving towards her and just put up with her all her life. Flora was a really lovely character, although a bit too much of a 'pleaser', trying to make everyone happy, sometimes to her detriment. But this slowly changed as the book went on and she became slightly more assertive, but still keeping the lovely caring person that she was. Jack, whilst obviously a loving father and nice guy, was clueless and did irritate me quite a bit. He had absolutely no idea what was going on in his daughters lives, especially Izzy who was really struggling but had stepped into the mother role and was acting perfectly, as if everything was really under control, to keep everyone happy. But then Flora got together with Jack and things started to get interesting, as another woman coming into the mix was bound to cause friction with Izzy. There are secrets being kept by a few people that come out as the story progresses and are eventually resolved, most revolving around the deceased wife/mother, Becca, who still seemed to be controlling everyone even after her death. A really enjoyable read that got better and better as the book went on, with the story definitely revolving around all the female characters, with the male characters taking more of a back-seat.

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  • So Good!

    Sarah Morgan's latest stunning novel explores the nature of family, love, grief, and the joys and tribulations of a newly assembled family. Flora Donovan was just eight years old when her florist mother died and ever since, Flora's life has been dogged by loneliness. She was taken in by an aunt who never shirked an opportunity of letting her know she was a burden and had disrupted her life. Now, like her mother before her, Flora is a talented florist, based in New York City, yearning to belong and be part of a real family. She doesn’t have much of a social life despite her efforts to create one. One day, widower Jack Parker buys flowers for his daughter Izzy, 17, and life changes forever for both Jack and Flora. The two connect and in the year since his wife died its the first time that Jack's had any interest in pursuing a relationship. Flora begins to have some hope that her dreams of being part of a close family might be realised, but the pathway there is littered with obstacles. Izzy Parker, who’s been the caretaker of her father, little sister Molly, 7, and their home, is unwilling to be replaced, but Jack still wants Flora to be part of his chaotic family. As Flora falls in love with Jack, she finds herself trying to handle a very cranky teenager in Izzy as well as living in the shadow of Jack’s perfect, much lauded wife, Becca. As they holiday in the Lake District, England with Becca’s oldest friends, a family tradition of the Parker's, Flora faces a summer trying to live up to Becca’s memory, with not only Jack’s daughter looking on, but with Becca’s best friends judging her every move… I thoroughly enjoyed this inspiring and heartwarming story. Sarah Morgan's key protagonist, the free spirited, eager to please, deeply caring Flora, captured my curiosity straight away as she set about trying to make a success of her newly assembled family. I had to empathise with Izzy, the thorny, hostile teenager, with her angst, fears, vulnerability, secrets and grief, so hell-bent upon making Flora feel like an unwelcome outsider. Anyone hoping for romance will be rewarded in Family for Beginners, though this element remains very much in the story's background. This was a superb, inspiring and adorable read that I believe should appeal to many as master storyteller Sarah Morgan spins her enchanting tale. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from HQ via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • A Superb Read!

    There's one thing I can be sure of with a novel from Sarah Morgan - it will be an excellent read and different to any other of hers! When Flora meets Jack she falls hard. But Jack comes as part of a package; a widower, he has two daughters and the elder one is very protective of her current family unit and doesn't welcome any outsiders. When it is proposed that Flora joins them on their annual holiday to England's Lake District, she wonders if she can live up to Becca who was, apparently, the perfect wife and mother, and also best friends with the couple they are going to stay with. Can Flora manage to survive these three weeks? Another terrific read from an author who really understands her characters! This is a wonderful novel, full of hidden secrets and misunderstandings and beautifully written, as always from Sarah. The characters really come alive on the page and it makes for an enchanting read. Perfectly true-to-life with lots of ups and downs along the way, and some of the funniest conversations I've ever come across! A superb read, one I highly recommend and absolutely earning all five sparkling stars!

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  • Good reading

    I enjoyed this book.The characters were real and very believable. I can imagine the ups and downs in real life Smattered with funny and sad parts. A great book to read.

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