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Is it possible to cheat on your parents? If so, Ally Anderson didn’t mean to. All she did was connect with an aunt she never knew she had. She found her aunt Micki through a DNA test. And she took the DNA test only because Ally is adopted and desperate to determine if her daughter’s mysterious illness could be genetic.

It all started so innocently...Ally loves her adoptive mother, but she’s always felt a bit adrift and alone in the world. With a crumbling marriage, a dwindling bank balance, and a chronically sick daughter, she can use all the family she can get. Aunt Micki is warm and kooky and has an equally warm and kooky family. So it’s no wonder Ally can’t resist getting pulled into their world. Which causes more than a few problems at home.

I love how Loretta Nyhan plays with the idea that we have the family we’re given and we have the family we choose for ourselves. For Ally, it turns out that the lines are blurred, the roles interchangeable. Which, if everything works out, can only be a win-win situation! Right?

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor

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About the Author

Loretta Nyhan is the bestselling author of Digging In, All the Good Parts, and the teen paranormal thrillers The Witch Collector Part I and The Witch Collector Part II. With Suzanne Hayes, she coauthored the historical novels Empire Girls and Home Front Girls. Loretta was a reader before she was a writer, devouring everything she could get her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and the instruction booklet for building the Barbie Dreamhouse. Later, her obsession with reading evolved into an absolute need to write. After college, she wrote for national trade magazines, taught writing to college freshmen, and eventually found the guts to try fiction. When she's not writing, Nyhan is knitting, baking, and doing all kinds of things her high school self would have found hilarious.

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"...this engaging, plot-driven tale examines what it really means to be part of a family...Moments of self-doubt and embarrassment abound, but they are tempered by messages of hope and palpable love that hit just the right note. A captivating and uplifting tale about the essence of self-reliance and the unsung benefits of modern families." --Kirkus Reviews

"...a heartwarming tale that is also captivating and amusing." --Writers & Readers

"Colorful characters, sharp wit, and a heartwarming story-line are artfully woven together in The Other Family, a novel of hope, healing, and the search for true family." --West Suburban Magazine

"The author writes compassionately, with smooth flowing words, and really draws you in to her story." --Long and Short Reviews

"Loretta Nyhan has a knack for creating colorful characters with emotional depth and sharp wit. The Other Family is a heart-warming story of what it means to be family and the sacrifices we make for those we love. Nyhan weaves together sensitive and tender moments, delivering a flawless tale of faith, understanding, and perseverance." --Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today bestselling author of Somebody's Daughter

"For Ally Anderson, life is uncertain. Her daughter's constant illness from illusive allergies have Ally's family constantly on edge, so much so, that a loving family drifts apart. The Other Family is a touching look into the dissolution of a marriage where there's no love lost, just a gradual drift, and the search for answers at all costs, even if those answers involve another family and a past Ally has been content to avoid until her daughter's health depends on it. The Other Family stabs at the insecurity an answerless life brings and the way we redefine ourselves to untangle the truth." --Kristin Fields, author of A Lily in the Light

"Through the eyes of Ally Anderson, a delightfully vulnerable and surprisingly powerful woman who will stop at nothing on her quest to cure her daughter's mysterious illness, Nyhan redefines the traditional boundaries of family and reminds us that strength can be displayed in unexpected and unusual ways. I loved every minute of this book and its cast of lovable, eccentric people--don't miss it!" --Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Whisper Me This and Everything You Are

"Ally Anderson has a problem any parent can relate to: she'll do anything to save her daughter's life. Kylie has severe allergies that seem to be getting worse. When Ally enlists the help of an unconventional doctor who has a protocol that might help, she finds more than she bargained for as she embarks on a journey that leads her to her birth family as well as a new philosophy of life and love. Written with Loretta Nyhan's trademark humor and compassion, The Other Family is a beautiful, suspenseful story of hope standing up to fear in a world where we never have the control we wish for." --Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners

"Both timeless in [its] portrayal of the lengths a mother would go to for her child, and timely in its thoughtful discussion of hot-button topics, this funny yet touching story had me in its grip from the very first page. You'll root for Ally as soon as you meet her!" --Lea Geller, author of Trophy Life


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4041 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 April 2020)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07VVHF97P
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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