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Abandoned by his mother when he was young, twenty-two-year-old Rave Wayne knows all about loss. That doesn't mean he's used to it. After he's dumped by the girlfriend he assumed he'd spend his life with, Rave is longing more than ever to connect.

Then, as if by miracle, he receives an invitation from his grandfather, a man he thought was long gone, to come for a visit in rural Tennessee. Loyal, honest, and loving, dear old Tuck is everything Rave could have hoped for. He's family. Soon, Rave finds himself falling for a down-to-earth local girl, and he thinks his life is finally coming together.

But the past isn't through with Rave. When his mother returns after many long years, looking to reconcile the terrible mistakes that once defined her, Rave struggles to put together the unsettled pieces of his heart. Will this once-estranged family be able to come together to understand the meaning of unconditional love, the fragile bonds of family, and the healing power of letting go?

©2017 Heather Burch (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Touched my Heart and Soul:-)

What a wonderful book! From a shattered young man, the theft of a life of a mother battling addiction, the memories of soldiers lost in war, the open hearts of a town and long lost family, and the gift of forgiveness..."SOMETHING LIKE FAMILY" kept me engrossed.
More importantly, it made me think about my late Mother and how her love of books was passed to me...and how much she would have loved this book!
I look forward to another book by Heather Burch, whose characters became a part of my life and whose writing swept me away into a family that I feel connected to in many ways.
I also want to give credit to the narrator, Scott Merriman, for bringing life to Rave, Tuck, Becca, Daniel and all the other characters in this touching book.

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thoroughly enjoyed

loved this book. no dirty language, no dirty sex scenes. very interesting, would buy this book again in a heartbeat.

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Excellent warm your heart story

I fell in love with the characters in this story of love, compassion, forgiveness and family and will keep them with me in my heart.

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This novel is recommended to all of those who have been wronged by family members and wonder if they can, should, or need to forgive them. Let this novel help you to decide if you, should, or need to forgive family members that treated you poorly.

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Great book!

A beautiful story of family written by a wonderful author. Her words come alive on the page. Would definitely recommend this book.

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Not your usual romance

Heath has done it again. This book tackles hard issues: addiction, abandonment, regret, remembrance, and forgiveness. These issues are handled in realistic yet gentle ways. Judgements are withheld as characters explore the cavernous holes inside each of them. What I loved was that tiny issues didn’t blast apart the new couple. They dealt with issues between them in mature ways, instead of allowing lies and hurt split them. They were there for each other, even though the rest of their world was falling apart. I highly recommend this book to single parents and children of addicts or recovering addicts, veterans or their families. It will give you a depth of understanding you may not get elsewhere.

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Awesome!

Wonderful story. I want to find more like this. Narration was great also. This was one that you hate to see end.

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  • Sonogirl
  • LUMBERTON, TEXAS, US
  • 06-13-18

a great story but a little boring

This was a great story. I just kept waiting for the excitement, but it never came.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 06-02-18

Regret, Respect and Reconstruction

An old Vietnam vet, Tuck and his grandson, Rave, now a grown man work to find some semblance of a relationship in the mountains of Tennessee. Stolen away by his drug addicted mother when he was only two, Rave is on the edge . . . and he could go either way . . . pushing the limits of society . . . and trusting no one . . . but getting fired from his low paying job in Florida and dumped by his girl friend, he figures he has little to lose, so he decides to see what Tennessee holds . . . and who this grandfather is, who never cared to find him before now . . . As Tuck and Rave maneuver the mine fields of their relationship, it soon becomes evident that Tuck is sick, very sick . . . and the return of Tuck's liver cancer threatens to cut short their time together. This story, full of regrets and grace, is hard hitting. No one wants to see their child become a drug addict. Yet it happens to good families . . . every. single. day. Few come home. Alive. Bravo . . . for an excellent story . . . of restoration and hope.

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A wonderful tribute to love, forgiveness, understanding and life

I've read one other book by Heather Burch and compared her the female Nicholas Sparks and I stand by that first appraisal. Her writing is impeccable and storylins that should be made into movies. This story reached my heart in a way that makes all the characters real. The relationship between his grandfather is one of love and letting go of anger and resentment. It's rare to find a book this powerful with sex scenes or language. It's a novel that I recommend everyone read/listen to. Scott Harriman is an excellent narrator. Please take the time to read this book. It touches the heart like nothing I've ever read before