About the book:
Max West is a widower raising Phoebe, his four-year-old daughter. Phoebe has to live with the fact that the day she was born is also the day of her mother’s death. As her fifth year without her mother approaches, Phoebe finds solace in her godmother, Amy Riley, and her daughter, Grace Crawford, another single parent family.
Amy Riley is a successful fashion designer who spends most of her days raising her four-year-old daughter, Grace, while her wayward boyfriend is travelling the world making the next best film. As the fifth year without her best friend looms she finds comfort in her ex-boyfriend, Max, and his daughter, Phoebe.
These two “broken” families have a tough week to face as the dreaded day approaches.However through their past, present and debatable future will their choices affect the outcome both parents clearly want and are simply denying? Or will Phoebe and Grace lose the only “whole” family they have ever known?
In my opinion, it was pretty obvious from the start how this book was going to end, but that didn’t deter me. It’s one of those books that you just have to keep reading because you want to know how the ending is going to come about. I have never read a book of this sort of genre but I was extremely pleased by this book. The plot was interesting and unique and there were elements of romance, family drama and friendship. This book really touches you and even though I have absolutely no personal experience of the dramas that the character’s faced, I still felt really connected to the plot.
I especially liked the layout of the book, if that’s the the right word. Each chapter is a different day and the book actually only takes place over the course of a week, though it feels much longer. Interspersed between the main bulk of the book are flashbacks to different periods of each persons life. You would think that this would make the plot really jumpy and hard to follow, but on the contrary, these little insights increase your understanding of the characters and the plot.
The characters were all very likeable, that is, apart from the one character you aren’t supposed to like. This book is written from the third person, but you still feel like you have an insight into how each of the characters is feeling. There are lots of ‘aww’ moments when reading about the children’s antics, but the book’s main focus is on the single parents, Max and Amy. It’s interesting to see how all the character’s fit together from their past and present lives and I just hope that when I grow up, I will have a tight knit support group around me as the characters have in this novel. My heart really went out to all the characters of the group, especially when it came to making those hard sacrificial decisions. You really start to root for certain characters, willing them to follow their hearts and be happy.
The quality of writing was superb and the words simply flowed off the page. I read the entire book in one sitting as time just flew by! I highly recommend ‘Familiar Ties’ as it leaves you feeling happy and this book is so endearing. This will no doubt be a great read for a warm summer day 🙂
About The Author:
Jo March from Little Women, because a) she is a writer and b) she doesn’t let the fact she is a young woman hold her back in life.