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A Friend of the Family: The addictive and emotionally satisfying page-turner that will have you hooked

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This refreshing look into the inner workings of brothers is a huge leap forward and something I was thrilled to see. You can easily read a chapter before bed, standing in line, waiting for the doctor, or on lunch break, thus keeping you interested and feeling like you're actually progressing through the book.

The previous Lisa Jewell books I've read were suspense thrillers, this was more a love triangle and it wasn't thrilling in any way. Since then she has written another twenty novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone, The Family Upstairs and The Night She Disappeared. Their 40th wedding anniversary is coming up so dad plans a big surprise party and all the boys come home. It's something a little bit different from the normal run of the mill with strong characters and an interesting story with a bit of a moral thrown in. With that being said after I looked up the synopsis and realized it was not a thriller, I was able to focus a little bit more on the actual story and not waiting for what was coming.He meets a girl on the job and they hit it off, but when Ned makes a move, she turns him down stating that he hasn't grown up yet. A hilarious, dead-on-target story from the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs. I was sucked into this story right from the beginning because I was so intrigued by how these brothers all related to one another. Admittedly, I do prefer her newer material as it’s a lot more grittier, however her older books are lovely and have a real feel-good element to them. With barely ten pages to go everything is going perfectly and gets tied up witb a neat bow just as Gervase decide's to disappear from the London family home.

It's just a nice, comforting (even with the slight every-day-drama included) story that you like to have there even if it's not mind blowing. I think the only reason I finished is because I thought there must be some twist, some big ah-ha, but it was a waste. I listened to it and I did not like the narrator so that could be one reason why I didn’t care for it and the second is I was waiting for a mystery because every book I’ve read that is by the schedule has been a suspenseful book but this was just a romance. The title is misleading; the friend of the family was like a pathetic Mary Poppins for adult children. Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages.Tony's struggles with weight and his role as oldest brother cause him to evaluate his life in multiple ways. The common thread and main topic is love, under all its forms : parental, brotherly, friendship, romantic love, love of life.

I still gave it 3 stars because in the end I kind of understood the story and thought it was kind of okay. I wonder whether after reading their stories you will also think that all 3 boys were spoilt too much by their parents or whether we just saw them at their lowest points of their lives. Lisa is a number one New York Times and Sunday Times author who has sold over ten million books worldwide and been published in over twenty-five languages. Lisa Jewell transcends the British chick lit genre by creating complex characters with problems many readers can relate to. Someone will get pregnant, someone will be in love with his brother's girlfriend, and a "friend of the family" like a wandering angel, will be there to pick up the pieces, reflect their problems back at them, and teach them to grow up.

The character for whom the book is titled appears so infrequently the first half of the book I kept wondering why he is even in the story. The dilemmas weren't solved immediately, nor in the most obvious way, but the solutions are ultimately satisfying and uplifting. But, with the release of her new work "A Friend of the Family", she goes beyond her previous talent and moves into the higher talent ranking of Helen Fielding and Marian Keyes.

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