Thursday, April 30, 2020

Review: A Kind of Family

A Kind of Family by Bonnie Meekums 
LGBT+ Family Life Fiction

Forty-something Northern UK psychotherapist and university lecturer Rachel longs for a close family when, a year after their parents die her brother decides to cut off all contact. Out of the blue she meets Fran, a petite, attractive and outgoing community artist who disturbs and excites her. Shortly after this Aggie appears, looking like a relic from the 1960s and with a strong working-class London accent. She takes a strong interest in Rachel’s relationship with Fran. But who is she, and why is Rachel the only one that can see and hear her? When Fran’s mother dies, the two women discover a family secret that impacts on their decision to try for a baby. But there is more shock and heartache to come, and a tough decision to be made before Rachel finally finds her own kind of family. This is a story that challenges traditional ideas about what constitutes family. It is also about overcoming grief, and healing the past; about love, loss, and ultimately hope.

5 out of 5 fairies

A Kind of Family is heart-warming. I've come to believe over the years that family, true family is the family you choose, not the family you are born (or adopted) into. This book definitely plays on those themes, and it contains the perfect mix of joy, sadness, love, and hope for the future. I highly recommend this book, especially if you've found yourself adrift looking for your true family, and are in need of a spark of hope.

Where to buy: Amazon

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads

About the Author: An escaped academic, Bonnie already had two professionally published books on arts therapies / Dance Movement Therapy before her first novel was published by Between the Lines Publishing in 2020.

She lives in the North-West of England, where she shares a house with her husband, various offspring that she is never entirely confident have finally left, and from time to time grandchildren, whose size is inconsistent with their conviction that they actually rule the roost.

To relax, she grows vegetables that misbehave even more than the grandchildren, walks in the hills, reads of course, and dances.

She also travels alarming distances every now and then, to visit people she loves who have inconveniently chosen to live as far away from her as possible. 

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