Friday, December 27, 2013

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber

Family Affair

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Lacey Lancaster always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she just wants to lay low in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.
Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend . . . and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances. And when Lacey discovers that Cleo's in the family way, she's furious that neither Jack nor his amorous animal seems terribly upset about it.

But things aren't always what they appear. Jack's "girlfriend" is really his sister—and his intentions toward Lacey are quite honorable (though she's not sure about Dog). And out of the blue, Lacey is discovering the tender joy of falling in love all over again.

My thoughts:
This book was a nice, short read that carries the message that there is always hope.  It can be easy to get discouraged when things go wrong, especially in personal relationships, but it is important to not lose hope and to not mistake getting from day to day as actually fully living your life.  For Lacey, the fact that her husband cheated on her has led her to lack self confidence.  She mistakenly thinks  the issue was with  her and that she is the reason he cheated.  When she can hear her neighbor arguing with the woman she thinks is his girlfriend she transfers some of her relationship issues onto the two of them.  It takes being willing to see the situation without biases for Lacey to be able to move ahead with her life and have the courage to try for what she wants both at work and in love.  A nice starting over book for the end of one year or beginning of the new one.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594454625
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 102
  • Sales rank: 229

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