Title: The Family Journal
Author: Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
Page Count: 296
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Join the millions who have fallen in love with New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown in her landmark hundredth novel.
At the end of her rope, single mom Lily Anderson is determined to move her rebellious children in the right direction. That means taking away their cell phones, tablets, and computers—at least temporarily—and moving to the house where Lily grew up in the rural town of Comfort, Texas. But Lily has a bigger challenge than two sulking kids.
The house comes with Mack Cooper, high school teacher and handsome longtime renter. The arrangement: just housemates. But Mack’s devoted attention to the kids starts to warm Lily’s resistant heart. Then Lily finds an old leather-bound book in which five generations of her female ancestors shared their struggles and dreams. To Lily, it’s a bracing reminder about the importance of family…and love.
Now it’s time for Lily to add an adventurous new chapter to the cherished family journal—by embracing a fresh start and taking a chance on a man who could make her house a home.
The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown is a contemporary romance that is a huge milestone marker in the fact this is her one hundredth book. Yes, I typed that right…a big one zero zero. Wow. Do I need to say anything on an author’s writing when having that many books in circulation? Well, I guess I will tell a little about this one….
Lily Anderson has been raising her two children on her own since her divorce from a cheating husband. Lily’s ex pops in and out of the kids lives when it suits him having remarried a rich woman who does not want children so Lily has done her best to be mom and dad. However, Lily’s best doesn’t feel good enough when her young teen daughter is caught with a joint and her not even a teen yet son is smoking and drinking himself.
At the end of her rope Lily decides to put her foot down and really lay down the law with the kids before things get even worse. First go all of their electronics and in order to get then out of the big city environment and away from the bad influence “friends” Lily decides to move back to Comfort, Texas where she was raised. The one catch, Lily owns her mothers home in Comfort inheriting it after she passed but she’s rented it to Mack Cooper who she grew up with so hopefully there will be room for them all.
Right off the bat I couldn’t help but root for Lily when her focus was on her children and what would be best for them, a little tough love that went a long way. Finding a journel in the old house added an extra layer to the story showing family bonding across the generations. Then add an extra good guy into the mix to make a whole family and this was one heart warming read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Carolyn Brown is a RITA finalist and the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of nearly one hundred books. Her genres include contemporary and historical romances, cowboy and country music romances, and women’s fiction. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else, knows what they are doing and when…and reads the local newspaper every Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at http://www.carolynbrownbooks.com.