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The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness

Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

Three women, three lives, and one chance to become a family...whether they want to or not.

Newly orphaned, recently divorced, and semiadrift, Nina Popkin is on a search for her birth mother. She's spent her life looking into strangers' faces, fantasizing they're related to her, and now, at thirty-five, she's ready for answers.

Meanwhile, the last thing Lindy McIntyre wants is someone like Nina bursting into her life, announcing that they're sisters and campaigning to track down their mother. She's too busy with her successful salon, three children, beautiful home, and...oh yes, some pesky little anxiety attacks.

But Nina is determined to reassemble her birth family. Her search turns up Phoebe Mullen, a guarded, hard-talking woman convinced she has nothing to offer. Gradually sharing stories and secrets, the three women make for a messy, unpredictable family that looks nothing like Nina pictured...but may be exactly what she needs. Nina's moving, ridiculous, tragic, and transcendent journey becomes a love story proving that real family has nothing to do with DNA.

©2016 Maddie Dawson. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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What a beautiful story!

It made laugh like a loo in public, by glassy-eyed during household chores, and struggle to stay awake to hear what Nina did next. A truly moving story that anyone with family (related by blood or heart) can identify with. Just beautiful!

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  • SandyB
  • 08-08-19

I adored this story

I adored this book - intriguing story and full of real people with real quirks and personalities. This is the second book I've read from Maddie Dawson and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors of all time.

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  • MammaYumYum
  • 30-07-19

A good story...

Narrator was great......story was just Ok. I would still recommend as a good read.

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  • Amanda Hickey
  • 24-05-19

Excellence!

I waited too long to read this one! Beautifully written fantastic characters, funny, sad, heartwarming and an excellent narrative.

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  • Diane S.
  • 20-02-19

Quirky and So much emotion

I really enjoying reading this quirky story. There was so much more emotion than I had expected, both tears and laughs.

“I talked to my mother today,” I said after a long time of us silently sitting next to each other on the couch.
“Your mother that died?”
“No. I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but it’s very hard to talk to dead people. Mostly they don’t answer.”

Nina decides to look for her biological family after her adopted mom passed away. She really had no other family and she is searching for connections and not realizing that she is already just drawing people to her.

“But how do you do it?” I said. “How do you make people love you—really love you, when you don’t belong to them?”

Great narration and I loved that I was able to go back and forth between audiobook and ebook without losing my place.
-5 Stars!-

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  • cathy a rogers
  • 15-01-19

In love with maddie

My second book by Maddie,could not stop reading either one..From laughing to crying her characters just stay with you,and I can't wait to read the next!! Keep them coming Maddie!!

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  • Amy in TX
  • 14-01-19

seriously loved it

I seriously loved everything about this audiobook.
A wonderful, ugly, and beautiful tale with a narrator that knocked it out of the park. wow. Nicely done.

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  • shanni
  • 11-12-18

Will look for more from this author.

Somewhat amazing descrptors. I really enjoyed that.
I'm not sure that I actually liked any of the characters. But the narrator carried that weakness.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-11-18

Enjoyed

I really enjoyed the characters. This is my second book from this author and I will read another of hers soon.

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  • Itchi
  • 20-10-18

Very enjoyable, pleasant read

very enjoyable, quick read with a nice sense of humor. It could gave been sappy, but it wasn't. I liked the narrator too.

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  • Robin
  • 17-10-18

How Do You Define Family?

Interesting story of how a family can be formed, and I enjoyed it. The characters each seem defined by just one or two characteristics, but it was a satisfying read.