Did You Ever Have a Family

By Bill Clegg

5 out of 5 stars

On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, tragedy hits home for June. Something causes a fire and June’s daughter Lolly, Lolly’s fiance Will, June’s ex-husband Adam and her boyfriend Luke are all killed. Can you even imagine such unfathomable loss?! Bill Clegg definitely can and did. We learn all about the deceased throughout the book by people in their lives who have lost them. We learn all about the survivors and what it takes to go on with life after something so horrific.  The chapters are told by different voices, the main ones being June and Luke’s mother Lydia. I don’t even know how to describe the total story. I am still wrapping my mind and heart around everything I read.

Did You Ever Have a Family is a book that was praised everywhere I looked. I went into it with that niggling doubt that I was going to be disappointed. (Pessimistic much?) It was very slow going at first and I started to think, yep, disappointment. But then I realized something, it had slowly gotten a hold of me. I was so utterly invested in what happened to these people, the dead and the living, that I didn’t want to stop reading. I found tears leaking from my eyes without even realizing I was crying. There were so many statements made by characters about family that still stay with me. Families are such complicated things. You lose some. You shut some out. You hold tightly to some. Your life revolves around your children. You hurt your children. Families come in all shapes and sizes. The kind you are born with or the kind you make. So many people in life are intertwined with each other and don’t even know it.  All I know is that I loved this book and it’s going to stay with me a long, long time.

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