ARC Review: Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan

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ARC Review: Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan
Family for Beginners

3 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 5 2020
Genre: Womens Fiction

“…a good book but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations based on her previous work.”
~ Under the Covers

In recent years I’ve turned into a huge Sarah Morgan fan, especially when it comes to her women’s fiction novels.  They are always full of intricate family dynamics, hardships and love.  So you can imagine my excitement when I cracked open FAMILY FOR BEGINNERS.  Ultimately, this was a good book but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations based on her previous work.

Our main protagonist, Flora, works at a flower shop (which I thought was cute LOL) and she starts dating a widower with 2 daughters.  One a teenager and one younger.  They are all still rattled because of the death of their mom and Flora has to navigate her place in the family if she wants their relationship to flourish.

I usually connect with Ms. Morgan’s protagonists right away, caring and wanting to peel back more of their layers and rooting for them to get an HEA. In this case I didn’t get that immediately.  As the story progressed, the spark of interest in knowing some of the secrets that lurked in the background. But ultimately I wasn’t in love and passionate about either of the main characters or them as a couple.

Would this still be a nice beach read? Yeah, absolutely. If you are looking for something a little more slow paced and understated this has the perfect setting and vibe. Plus family and secrets make for a great beach read. But I think my expectations were just not quite met. That being said, I’m still anxious for her next book!



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About Sarah Morgan

USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy, contemporary romance, and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as “a magician with words” by RT Book Reviews, she has sold more than eleven million copies of her books. She was nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award three times: once in 2012 for Doukakis’s Apprentice, in 2013 for A Night of No Return and in 2017 for Miracle on 5th Avenue. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their Top Pick slot. As a child, Sarah dreamed of being a writer, and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream. Sarah lives near London, England, with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation, so she can forget the house needs tidying.


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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Sorry to hear that. Thanks Francesca for the review

Amy R

Thanks for the review.