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A Very Typical Family - a woman's journey to rebuild her life and reconnect with her family.

Natalie Walker is estranged from her family. Fifteen years ago, her actions resulted in older brother Jake and her sister Lynn being sent to jail. She left Santa Cruz and made a life in Boston working for an architectural firm. When she is notified that her mother has died, Natalie learns that the inheritance of the family's historic Victorian mansion has a stipulation. All three siblings have to reunite in their former home to claim it. With recent job and romance disappointments, Natalie heads to California assuming her siblings still hate her for being the one responsible for their incarceration. Lynn, escaping an abusive husband, has also headed to the family home with her teenage son. But brother Jake, who is a scientist at the University of California Santa Cruz's Long Marine Lab, has disappeared. The Walkers are certainly not a typical family.

I fully enjoyed author Sierra Godfrey's impressive debut. Natalie is such an appealing character. She is someone who has lived with an incredible amount of guilt and sadness. So, when she finally has the chance to reconnect with the siblings she loves and misses, it is impossible not to root for her happiness. And while this is a family drama, it is often very witty and upbeat. I enjoy books about forgiveness and second chances. This one was very well done. And be sure to read the interview with the author at the end.

Many thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity to read A Very Typical Family in advance of its publication.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Contemporary Fiction.

Publication Date: September 13, 2022.

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Phyllis Pisanelli
Phyllis Pisanelli
Oct 08, 2022

I always read your reviews but, I'm just not going to live long enough to make a dent in my tbr pile! Thanks!

Oct 09, 2022
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Lol! I know what you mean. I greatly appreciate that you check out my reviews.

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