Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber ~ review

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997136

Lacey Lancaster always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she just wants to lay low in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend . . . and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances. And when Lacey discovers that Cleo's in the family way, she's furious that neither Jack nor his amorous animal seems terribly upset about it.

But things aren't always what they appear. Jack's "girlfriend" is really his sister--and his intentions toward Lacey are quite honorable (though she's not sure about Dog). And out of the blue, Lacey is discovering the tender joy of falling in love all over again.

My take on this book:
Lacey Lancaster's marriage ended in divorce, so she has decided that she will steer clear of men, and be content to live a quiet life alone, alone that is except for her cat Cleo, a beautiful Abyssinian that she had decided she will breed to earn some extra money.Her next door neighbor Jack has been trying to engage her in conversation for months, but she has steered clear. She thinks that he is a womanizer and feels sorry for his "girlfriend" Sarah because she always hears them arguing. When Jack's  cat named Dog sneaks into Lacey's apartment and gets Cleo pregnant she decides to make Jack responsible for his cat's part of the problem, and soon learns that Jack isn't the man she thought he was. Can a tryst between two kitties bring their owners together for a happily ever after?

I am a huge fan of Debbie Macomber. She creates such memorable characters that are easy to like. In this story Lacey was a bit of a doormat in the beginning, but it was so nice to see her get her self confidence back. She was having issues at work that really was a result of self esteem issues that stemmed from her divorce. Jack was the cute next door neighbor that Lacey misjudged.There was a small secondary story that revolved around Sarah. Loved that Cleo and Dog the cat had a part in the story as well. Overall I would classify this story as a very short novella that while a bit predictable as well as a very quick read was still entertaining. There is  a bonus story included in the book  titled "The Bet" which was written by Darlene Panzera,the winner of the Readers' Story Contest, and the neat thing is Ms.Macomber chose the winner herself. Be sure and check back on Friday to read my review of "The Bet."

rating 4/5

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