Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary

Just An Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe. (2020).


Just An Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe. (2020).

**5 out of 5 stars**

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; due to be published 24 February 2020**

Alice is suddenly single, jobless and living back at home with her parents in a tiny seaside town. And now she realises she wants her twin sister Libby’s life…
Libby’s best friend Jess has been around so long she might as well be family. She’s always considered herself a closer sister to Libby than Alice…
Libby is a prominent small-town doctor with a gorgeous husband and two daughters. But when she is betrayed by those she loves most, it reveals how tenuous her world is…
Karen is the twins’ mother. She has always tried to guide them through life’s pitfalls but how do you protect your children when they’re adults?
As the family implodes, the fallout for these four women will be inescapable…

Oh my gosh if I could give this book more than 5 out of 5 stars I would, it’s that good! It’s such an excellent depiction of the fact that each and every one of us have flaws. It also shows how traumatic events can change our personalities and actions completely. I think when you read the story you won’t be able to help leaning towards one character more than another depending on your own personality and life circumstances, but equally you won’t be able to help feeling for the other character. That may sound confusing but that’s the best I can do without a spoiler and it’ll make sense when you are reading this book. Close to the end of this book I was genuinely crying which is always a sign of fantastic writing; I felt emotionally invested in all of the characters. I think that’s because they all felt so realistic like you could imagine each of them being your own family or neighbours. The small town atmosphere was exactly how I imagine a tiny town to feel. The dramas were intense in the storyline! I can’t recommend this book more, it’s a seriously fantastic read that you won’t want to put down.

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