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Publisher's Summary

Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had the perfect upbringing, but now that they are grown-up, real life is starting to get in the way. Tony’s dealing with divorce and a weight problem, novelist Sean is up against a serious case of writer’s block and a shock announcement from his “perfect” new girlfriend, and their parents have a new lodger, Gervase. Why is Bernie, their mother, so keen to give this unsavory waif a home? And what is the real reason for kid brother Ned’s surprise return from his travels in Australia?

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Over use of blasphemy

I am not a religious fanatic or a prude or easily offended, but that exactly what this author managed to achieve with the constant “Jesus!” and “Christ!”, I got to the point where I was waiting for it.... and it was just too much!!

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Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book. The characters are so well developed and the nuances of love, life, pain, and family are masterfully explored. LJ can definitely be hit and miss but this one is a big, big hit. It is the true masters of storytelling who can, without the exploitation of things like violence/sex/drug use/disturbing content, maintain ones attention and have you rooting for each and every character involved for sometimes completely different reasons...There is gorgeous, descriptive language making it easy to see, hear, and feel these places and people in a way that is utterly human and real. I didn’t want this book to end. I am a hardcore mystery/suspense enthusiast so I sort of went out of my comfort zone with this book. I am so glad I did. I wish that there were ten more books about this family because I would read each and every one of them. Very, very well done.

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Awul, just awful.

could hardly finish it.Did Jewell really write this?? The story is boring, the conversations are awful. i thought something would turn this book for me, but no. Really awful.

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So good!

I am a super fan of Lisa jewell’s work and this one is just amazing. I honestly did not want this to end. Love love love. Love the narrator as well.

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A Friend of the Family

The worst book written by LisaJewell.
Flat characters, predictable and typical happy family ending. Terrible!

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Done in Again!

Lisa Jewel’s work is always a refreshing break from the Post-Apocalyptic, blowing shit up, people dying stuff I read and listen to most days. A Friend of the Family is an inspirational and uplifting tale. This middle aged sentimental American man will revisit it again and wait enthusiastically for her next work of art.

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It wasn't bad but it just never went anywhere

I really like a lot of Lisa Jewell's books but I find that because there are so many, they're hit and miss a lot. This one was a miss. It wasn't bad, and I was entertained enough, but it was just "meh" overall. So while I wouldn't recommend it, I also wouldn't necessarily dissuade someone from buying.
I guess it sort of reminded me of the type of book an author just churns out to hit a deadline

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Good story!

I liked it, it wasn’t so much suspenseful as it was more “real life” kind of story, it was pretty good!

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Good book. excellant narration.

I love Lisa Jewelll's writing but this book wasnt my favorite. It was still a good story.

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Another great story!

This one did start out a bit slow, but just like all her other books ive read , i end up loving the storyline and characters. No mystery or suspense, but certainly lovable!

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