Familiar Ground by Michelle Lynn — Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

Blurb sucked me right in!

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Leah and Adam have never met.
However, they live parallel lives.
Lives plagued by addiction.

When a tragic, but common demon, surfaces between their siblings, Leah and Adam’s worlds collide, never to be the same again.

Adam loses his sister forever.
Leah’s brother returns.
Both gain a niece, neither knew existed.

Now they face an obstacle to raise a niece together while Leah’s brother struggles to free himself from the grip of drug addiction, and as Adam’s family grieves for the sister and daughter they lost.

A commonality is discovered.
Deep wounds begin to heal.
Lines blur as their lives entwine.

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JENN’S REVIEW

Who knew that a little girl could bring people together and change lives for the better?

Leah thinks she’s got a good thing going…college, dance, and a good looking boyfriend. The one dark spot; her brother, Shane, an addict who just can’t get clean. Leah has helped Shane for the last time. Until he shows up at her apartment one day, wanting to go to rehab for one last shot at cleaning up his life. Thinking he is just looking for more money, Leah is ready to turn him away, but she sees who is standing next to him. A beautiful three year old girl who Leah comes to discover is her niece, Dani.

Adam was heading down a dark path before he wised up and turned his life around. Now, with a good job and a degree under his belt, he is ready for life to start. It all comes crashing down the night he gets a phone call to come identify his sister, in the morgue. In his grief, he gets another shock, his sister left behind a three year old daughter, Dani.

Adam and Leah are thrown together to care for Dani while Shane attempts rehab. They make the best of their new situation and work together to give Dani and life where she doesn’t have to know the pain and strife that Adam and Leah had to endure as siblings of an addict. They had to make adjustments to their lives, but their unconditional love for this little girl made it all worthwhile. For two people who were connected for years, but have never met, Adam and Leah formed an instant bond. You can see how they become to rely on each other to get through this. Adam is fiercely protective of Leah and Dani, even threatening his parents when he is concerned they might fight for custody of Dani.

The emotion in this story is real and in your face. Ms. Lynn found a way to show the pain addiction causes a family in an honest way. There was no over the top drama, just a whole dose of reality.  It is an equally heartbreaking and heartwarming story of addiction, forgiveness and love and family in all forms. It’s about how one little girl could heal the hearts of many. This was a beautiful read that I was enamored with from start to finish.

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