Goodreads Summary: 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?
Guest Post by Naya Nikki
Romance in books and in real life
Romance in books is never like romance in real life…okay well it is sometimes, but rarely. In books and films it all closes of with neatly tied endings…your standard happily ever after which is something we are all content with. Romance in books builds you up to expect the same in life so you want the standard guy meets girl, they fall in love and they ride off into the sunset. HA if only it were that easy. Real life is full of arguments, people cheating on each other and someone always likes someone they cannot get together with. I think that is why we all prefer the romance in books than in real life, it is easier and simple and we don’t get hurt.
When writing Familiar Ties, I went in with the idealistic love that I had read in books and watched in movies, but I came out in tears and frustrated with my characters because even though they may seem conventional and all happily ever after…they might just surprise you.
Familiar Ties is a cute little book that welcomes you into its small world – a lovely family with 2 adorable girls and some adults. I really liked the way the book is structured, it is very clever. Firstly, unlike chapters, the book is divided into 7 days. And secondly, I like the way the book moves between the past and present so effortlessly picking up with the same sentence. I am sure a lot of Naya’s thoughts and hard work went into making it seem so effortless.
Regarding the plot, it is a sweet romantic book about how destiny plays a role in our life and how so many words are left unsaid.
I am especially in awe of the way Naya depicts the kids and how they think and act and talk. It is spot-on! I personally find it difficult to get into the mind of a kid and bring forward his/her reactions and thoughts that will resemble the thoughts of a kid and not an adult. Naya has completely mastered this!
The book makes for a simple, quick reading in one sitting (like I read it).
My favorite aspect of the book – the way Naya depicts these little magical moments of our everyday life. Very sweet!