The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness

By Maddie Dawson

The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness by [Dawson, Maddie]

4 out of 5 stars

Phoebe Mullen is young and in love with Tilton O’Malley. She is 7 months pregnant and already the mother of a 15-month-old. She thought having babies would make Tilton stay and not go to college. But here they are, the night before he leaves, running around being crazy teens along with their friend A.J. And then, tragedy strikes.

35 years later, Nina Popkin is grieving the loss of her mother. As her mother was dying, she told Nina that it was okay for her to find her birth mother. She even had a picture. Nina decides she wants to know about her birth mother and her family so she starts out on the search, which leads her to a convent. The nun says she cannot tell her about her mother but she will tell her that she has a sister. She arranges a meeting and Nina finds out that she had grown up in the same neighborhood as her little sister, Lindy. Lindy doesn’t really want anything to do with her birth mother. Lindy and Nina are two polar opposites; Lindy runs a successful business is married to her high school sweetheart and has three children. Nina was married once and kind of flits through life and relationships. Through all those differences, the two sisters form a bond and work on meeting their mother and learning about their history. Along the way, Nina starts a relationship with Carson whose wife has left him and he is raising two teens. Nina and his daughter Indigo (real name Kayla) have this interesting relationship and she too gets in on the act of finding their mother.

I loved the characters in this book. Nina was hilarious. I loved her can-do attitude and you totally understood her fear of loss. Nina knew what was up and she would never stop. Lindy took a minute to grow on me but once she loosened up, it was a joy to see. I have not met a Maddie Dawson book that I did not like. The title of this book fits it to a tee. I loved watching them become a family. This book made my heart smile and made me laugh quite a bit.I highly recommend it and I know you won’t be disappointed. Snuggle up by the fire and break it open.

I happily received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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