What happens to a widow whose quiet life is interrupted when an estranged niece arrives on her doorstep with three children and a dog of questionable breeding in tow? From the moment they blow into her life on a windy fall night and Krank the dog pees on her carpet, Lilly Irish begins a life-changing journey. Always one to do the right thing for the right reasons, Lilly takes them in knowing her resources are limited. Between the dog tearing up one thing after another, and the older boy tangling with schoolyard toughs, Lilly is put to the test. What she learns along the way is how lonely she’s been, and her capacity for love she didn’t know she possessed. Annie and her children are looking for a home. Will they find it with Lilly?
In “Finding Family,” Sharon Vander Meer explores the dynamics of what brings individuals with complex personalities together as a unit.
Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. In "Finding Family" by Sharon Vander Meer, Lilly has finally adjusted to her life following her husband’s death when her niece arrives with three children and a very large dog. Lilly, of course, “does the right thing,” but her fragile peace is shattered, and unresolved family issues once again present themselves.
I loved your story! I cried at the end! The pacing is great, and you made me really care what happened to Lilly, her niece, and the children, not to mention Krank the dog.
Writer and columnist Tom McDonald wrote, “I’ve seen a lot of chick-flicks over the years but don’t think I’ve ever read a chick-book, until now, and I’m impressed. It (“Finding Family”) gave me a different sort of perspective, one with significant insights into family, being lost, and being found. An excellent story that’s well worth the read.”
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