THE SURVIVOR’S QUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS: A Novel ~Maddie Dawson
Sometimes life just leaves you all alone. Feels just awful but what is a gal to do? If you are Nina Popkin you just start searching out new goals and pick up your spirits and charge forward. The reader is pulled into this story of rejection and the glorious optimism and worry of Nina until one is immersed in the possibility of a happy ending.
THE SURVIVOR’S QUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS is actually a story about 3 women and the choices they are making that will guide their future. Nina’s plight is the grounding to the whole adventure, as in her 30s her mother dies of cancer, her 6 months marriage is now a divorce, and her best friend and boss is newly married and very happy. Since Nina was adopted she begins her future by deciding to track down her birth mother, and help a recently divorced father of 2 teens find a condo and move out of the family home. These two events bring out Nina’s sharp wit and also her sadness, which she is working through with a sense of maturity and “klutz”.
Soon in the process, Nina discovers she has a sister; arranges to meet her and she starts dating the fellow with the two teens. New sister resists tracking down her birth mother or forming a relationship with Nina. The two girls do look alike and Lindy has beautiful red hair and not the curly, frizzy hair that Nina supports; they discover they lived close to each other growing up and even attended the same schools. This encounter stirs up feelings for Lindy and makes her responses to her mom tense and confusing. Lindy is trying to live the “perfect” life, as has no room for these new feelings.
Indigo the teen daughter adds a new voice to the situation as she develops a “Must do” list of rather dangerous adventures and uses magic markers to color her hair. Lots of hair referrals in this story! And yet, her “gutsy” demanding demeanor gets the two sisters relating to each other and figuring out some solutions to who they are and what actions they need to accomplish to find resolution.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story telling and wandering within the feelings exposed. I liked the outcome and results and how the girls handled themselves within their discoveries. Everyone found a good solution and was left better off as the story unfolded. THE SURVIVOR’S QUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS was a good read. Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Press for sharing this book with me.
“Maddie Dawson grew up in the South, born into a family of outrageous storytellers. Her various careers as a substitute English teacher, department-store clerk, medical-records typist, waitress, cat sitter, wedding-invitation-company receptionist, nanny, day-care worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco maker were made bearable by thinking up stories as she worked. Today she lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband. She’s the bestselling author of four previous novels: The Opposite of Maybe, The Stuff That Never Happened, Kissing Games of the World, and A Piece of Normal.” (TLC Tours)