From the nationally bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle, a witty, insightful new novel about juggling the demands of three husbands—a work husband, an almost husband and an ex-husband—and figuring out the true meaning of family.
Avery Graham has built a life that anyone would admire. She has a brilliant career as chief of staff to Peter Haines, the charismatic mayor of Toronto. She has a devoted partner in Matt, her live-in boyfriend of fourteen years. And she has a loving family and deep friendships that stretch back to childhood summers at the cottage.
But when Matt proposes, Avery’s past threatens to engulf her present. Can she contemplate a lifetime commitment to Matt after her disastrous first marriage to Hugh? And is Matt really the love of her life, when she has spent so much of it by Peter’s side? Avery could use some good advice from the women who know her best, but her closest friends, Jenny and Tara, have drifted away over the years.
When a scandal erupts at city hall, Avery must overcome her deepest fears about love and loss and discover what it means to be a family.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 30 2017)
I gave Just like family⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨(4½ out of 5)stars
“ Marriage is a great cure for romance..”
“ The sad fact is that the past, perhaps especially our own past, is mysterious. Lodged in the present, you move further away each day from the reasons why you took this path or that one. And you’re left with only the story you’ve told yourself, the one with perfect lighting and a flattering angle. The one that even you know doesn’t really look like you.”
Just like family is a remarkable journey with friends Avery, Emily and Tara through their early years and into adulthood. We experience their transformations as they explore life, find themselves,and decipher relationships and marriage. We hurt with them they experience loss in the family.
It is a story of true love and the unrelenting balancing act that many women face. The unbridled, all consuming struggle to keep part of themselves even as they give all to their families, careers and friendships.
Canadian cottage life provides a safe, comforting backdrop to the otherwise heavily political life of our heroine Avery. In a fist-clenching story, karma is the ray of sunshine that will see you through.
My rating fell just short of 5 stars because I felt that some of the dialogue was longer than necessary and felt a bit like page fillers at times.
Side note***I had the pleasure of meeting author Kate Hilton at a book signing and I just cannot say enough about how gracious and kind she was.