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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Review: The Other Family by Loretta Nyhan @LUAuthors @LorettaNyhan

The Other Family
by Loretta Nyhan

Thank you Lake Union Authors for this copy.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: April 1, 2020
288 Pages
Genre: Contemporary

With a dissolving marriage, strained finances, and her life in flux, Ally Anderson longs for normal. Her greatest concerns, though, are the health problems of her young daughter, Kylie. Symptoms point to a compromised immune system, but every doctor they’ve seen has a different theory. Then comes hope for some clarity.

It’s possible that Kylie’s illness is genetic, but Ally is adopted. A DNA test opens up an entirely new path. And where it leads is a surprise: to an aunt Ally never knew existed. She’s a little wild, very welcoming, and ready to share more of the family history than Ally ever imagined.

Coping with a skeptical soon-to-be-ex husband, weathering the cautions of her own resistant mother, and getting maddeningly close to the healing Kylie needs, Ally is determined to regain control of her life. This is her chance to embrace uncertainty and the beauty of family—both the one she was born into and the one she chose.

My Review:

After reading Nyhan's Digging In a couple of years ago, I was delighted and excited to get a copy of her latest, The Other Family.  Once again, this author has provided an uplifting and heart warming story that truly brought me the feels.

This story deals with adoption, autoimmune deficiencies  and a cast of characters you cannot help but fall in love with.  Each character felt so incredibly real and human that I found myself absolutely connecting with them - especially with Ally and her daughter, Kylie.   This felt like one of those Hallmark movies you can't help but love.  I felt tears come to my eyes at some moments as I read.  I also did groan a little bit at Dr. Indigo but hey, you do what you have to for your daughter and well.... she was a bit of a breath of fresh air as well.

What can I say? This was a great break from my darker reads and I will absolutely always read whatever Nyhan writes.  She truly brings her characters to life and I feel that any reader would be hard pressed not to enjoy this bright light in a world that's just a little bit dark right now.


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