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Summary

Who says you can’t choose your family? 

When Flora falls in love with Jack, suddenly she’s not only handling a very cranky teenager, but she’s also living in the shadow of Jack’s perfect, immortalised wife, Becca. Every summer, Becca and Jack would holiday with Becca’s oldest friends and Jack wants to continue the tradition, so now Flora must face a summer trying to live up to Becca’s memory, with not only Jack’s daughter looking on, but with Becca’s best friends judging her every move.... 

The more Flora tries to impress everyone, the more things go horribly wrong...but as the summer unfolds, Flora begins pushing her own boundaries and finding herself in a way that she never thought she needed to. And she soon learns that families come in all shapes and sizes.

©2020 Sarah Morgan (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Joyful, uplifting and overflowing with love. Sarah’s writing speaks straight to my heart." (Cathy Bramley) 

"I adored it! I felt every character's pain, hope, and reluctant vulnerability. It forced me to open my heart right along with them. Sarah Morgan is a master story teller." (Laura Jane Williams, best-selling author of Our Stop)

"Beautifully captures the emotions and intricacies of life and relationships." (Jenny Oliver, author of The House We Called Home)

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Slow start but worth peservering

I love Sarah Morgan & I ended up really loving this book, however it was very slow off the mark, I almost gave up listening but glad I stuck with it.

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Very slow start but great story

I almost gave up on the book when suddenly it started to get really interesting and after couldn’t stop listening.
I love the main character, Flora. She has such a great personality and I like the fact that she doesn’t feel entitled but appreciative.
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A must read!

Extremely predictable from outset BUT could not stop listening. Brilliant story beautifully narrated. Makes you want to know the outcome long before you get to it even though you know how it ends. Superbly written!

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I buy this book hard copy and I didn't have time to read it, but I was so happy finding it here. I find it relaxing and perfect to listen when you want just a chill story, not to complicate. Great narrator.

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Couldn't find a storyline in this at all.

Where was the story? The narrator made a brave effort but not a riveting book to say the least.