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Family for Beginners written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.


Book Blurb

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.

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I always look forward to a new Sarah Morgan novel as I can guarantee I’ll be entertained, captivated and charmed with a whole set of new characters.  This is the case for Family for Beginners, a new standalone novel set in New York and the Lake District.  The story centres around the structure of a family that’s been suddenly broken, those that are remaining don’t quite know what their role is now and are struggling with a whole heap of conflicting emotions.  However, when an outsider steps into their fractured circle tempers become fraught and it takes the views of a newcomer to see that all is not as well as appears in the Parker household.

Flora has always felt like an outsider since losing her mum at a young age, she’s known she was a hinderance to her aunt and all through her life from thereon she has tried to please her aunt to keep life amenable.  This trait of Flora’s with her aunt has spilled into her core personality and as an adult she’s still finding ways to keep the peace and please people.

When Flora meets Jack she notices the sadness within him but she also sees a warmth that slowly creeps back when he is around her.  A friendship soon develops and if timing was different the relationship would have developed further.

Jack Parker is still grieving for his wife and the family structure he had with his two daughters.  It’s been nearly a year since the tragic death of his wife, he’s been so pleased how well his eldest daughter Izzy has coped stepping up and helping out at home and with her younger sister.  However, all is not as it seems with Izzy and she is inwardly struggling immensely with confusing and conflicting thoughts.

As Jack’s relationship with Flora develops we go through the motions of a newcomer joining a family that’s still coming to terms with the heartbreak of losing a loved one.  Sarah Morgan understands people and relationships and weaves a wonderful story of love, loss, friendships and new beginnings.

About the Author

Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold more than 18 million copies of her books and her trademark warmth and humour have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London with her family and when she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors walking or riding her mountain bike.

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