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Just an Ordinary Family Kindle Edition
|Length: 454 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
Rebecca Macauley is a talented and award-winning narrator. She has appeared in a variety of television programs, including the internationally popular series Neighbours and the Australian drama Blue Heelers. Her work includes the US feature film Darkness Falls and the children's television series Wicked Science. Books narrated for Bolinda audio include Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta and Abyssinia by Ursula Dubosarsky. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Set to be the next Big Little Lies. Part-Liane Moriarty, part-Jodi Picoult, Just an Ordinary Family is a compelling drama about a seemingly 'ordinary' family that implodes after a domino effect of lies, betrayals, disappointments and regrets."-Mamamia on Just An Ordinary Family
"Fiona Lowe weaves an extraordinary story of loss, love and forgiveness."-Glam Adelaide on Just An Ordinary Family
"The undisputed queen of Australian small town fiction ... Fiona's trademark mix of engaging, well described characters and interesting social issues will draw you in."-Canberra Weekly on Just An Ordinary Family
"This is a true family drama and tale of sacrifice, betrayal and ultimately forgiveness."- Kiddo Magazine on Just An Ordinary Family
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- ASIN : B07X9PFGNB
- Publisher : HQ Fiction (1 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 916 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 454 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 15,896 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Alice returns to the tiny seaside town of Kurnai Bay after her relationship fails. She’s unemployed, and envies Libby her life as a doctor, a happily married woman with two children. Karen worries about Alice: she wants her to succeed. Jess, a single mother with a young son, is also in Kurnai Bay. Libby’s daughters and Jess’s son get on well together. But things are about to go wrong, for each of the four women, in very different ways.
‘Luck was such an arbitrary event—one person’s luck was too often another person’s misfortune, but she couldn’t think about that.’
Secrets, medical issues, betrayal. They are all part of the story that unfolds in Ms Lowe’s novel. Just when I thought I’d figured it out, there was another twist, another issue to be faced. Karen will need to revisit the past, while Jess and Alice will need to come to terms with quite different futures. And Libby will have some issues of her own to confront.
‘Sometimes the means justifies the end.’
There were times when I found the number of issues in this novel to be quite overwhelming. Yet Ms Lowe makes it work drawing our attention (along the way) to several significant and confronting life issues. Be warned: both happiness and sadness make several appearances, and some readers may find some aspects unbearably sad. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride.
I finished this novel with mixed feelings: a number of the characters had become part of my life.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin HQ Fiction for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
This story is set in the small coastal town of Kurnai Bay. Centred around the Hunter Family, eldest daughter Libby is the local Doctor, happily married with two young daughters. Her twin sister Alice has recently returned home after a failed relationship in Melbourne. Their mother Karen despairs that Alice will never find her feet and get a ‘good’ job. But vague, dreamy Alice is learning to love herself and take control of her life. Also back into the fold of the family is single mother Jess, with her young son Leo. Jess is Libby’s BFF from way back in their teenage years and they have always been there for each other.
But what happens when boundaries are crossed? Exploring many themes, I loved these characters. I felt many emotions from disbelief, anger to sadness, understanding and happiness.
An extremely satisfying story that I highly recommend.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to read
This book has great characters and a totally believable and incredible story line. The setting is a small coastal town near the Victorian town of Bairnsdale.
Alice and Libby are twins. Alice is the one who always falls short, no steady job, broken relationship and living at home with her parents. Libby is the town GP, married to a wonderful man with two beautiful daughters and a close, doting best friend Jess. Jess is always there for Libby and Alice feels constantly left out.
Alice juggles menial part time jobs trying to find a way forward and discovers dating apps. Is this the way for her to find the perfect family life that her twin appears to have?
What follows is romance, drama, heartbreak and for all of them a tragedy. I could not put this down and cannot wait to read more by Fiona Lowe.
Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Australia for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.