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Featured family life books including family sagas, heart-wrenching dramas, heart-warming tales, memoirs, and even some comedic relief!

When We Were Brave

When We Were Brave by Karla M. JayIn WHEN WE WERE BRAVE, we find a conflicted SS officer, Wilhelm Falk, who risks everything to escape the Wehrmacht and get out the message about the death camps.

Izaak is a young Jewish boy whose positive outlook is challenged daily as each new perilous situation comes along.

American citizens, Herbert Müller and his family, are sent back to the hellish landscape of Germany because of the DNA coursing through their veins. Continue reading

Seeking Glory: A Novel About Relationships, Loss, and Finding Your Way Home

Life is never static. Just when you think you finally have everything under control, that illusion is shattered…and the life you once knew has spun off in unimaginable directions.

Seeking Glory is an eloquent novel that explores the complexities of family relationships. With themes of loss, recovery, estrangement, and reconciliation woven throughout, it tells the story of a woman who seeks to uncover the truth about her young granddaughter’s origins. Continue reading

Dear You

Dear You by Derra Nicole Sabo 2Dear You is a lovely invitation into Derra Nicole Sabo’s world.

A wonderful opportunity borne out of a complex and challenging experience, to recall the good times with loved ones, the chance to express the rarely spoken profound specifics of what binds friends and family together.

This is a heart-warming collection of letters to loved ones that explores the wonder, frailty and extraordinary qualities of friendship, family, love and life. Continue reading

Before I Knew (The Cabots Book 1)

efore I Knew The Cabots Book 1Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.

On the second anniversary of her husband’s suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she’s set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. Continue reading

The Fire Inside

The Fire Inside by Michelle BellonAiden, a doting husband and father, had the perfect life. A job he loved, a beautiful son, and a loving wife. In an instant, everything is taken from him and Aiden believes his life is over.

Falling into a deep depression, Aiden all but gives up on his job, his friends, and himself. But when a mysterious force grants him the power to heal those around him, Aiden is forced to pull himself out of his misery in favor of the greater good. Continue reading

Peaches, Pears, and an Apple Tree

Peaches, Pears, and an Apple Tree by Victoria Lauriente-HillebrandThis fictional coming of age tale, follows a nomadic girl and her adventures with her un-medicated mentally ill mother post Woodstock.

She navigates her life in new environments, and meets influential people along the way. She finds herself struggling with her journey to womanhood, while trying to accept her mother for who she is through abandonment, neglect, and the result of having an unstable parent. Continue reading

Family Life: A Novel

Family Life A NovelWinner of the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America.

America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them Continue reading

Secondhand Scotch: How One Family Survived in Spite of Themselves

Secondhand Scotch: How One Family Survived in Spite of Themselves by Cathy CurranWhen your grandparents make bathtub gin and go shopping with funny money, and your dad flaunts his degree from the school of hard knocks, you grow up learning that “life ain’t no got-dem picnic.”

These lessons are handed down to Cathy Curran by Eastern European immigrants who learned how to survive caring little for aesthetics–“if it worrrks, who gives a got-dem what da hell it looks like.” Continue reading

The Inheritance (The Guernsey Novels Book 7)

The Inheritance (The Guernsey Novels Book 7) by Anne Allen“A gorgeously intriguing story”

How close were Victor Hugo and his copyist?

1862 Young widow Eugénie is left bereft when her husband dies suddenly and faces an uncertain future in Guernsey. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, living in exile on the island in his opulent house only yards away from Eugénie’s home. Their meeting changes her life and she becomes his copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, Guernsey born though now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she was entranced by Continue reading

What’s Left Unsaid

What's Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone 2Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job.

But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years. Continue reading

The Sewing Machine

The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie 2It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again.

Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her.

More than 100 years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams. Continue reading