The Milkman's Son

A Memoir of Family History. A DNA Mystery. A Story of Paternal Love.

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Pub Date 03 Mar 2020 | Archive Date 17 Mar 2020

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Raised in a family he bore little resemblance to, Randy was jokingly referred to as "the milkman’s son."  This warm and candid memoir chronicles the unraveling of a family secret, which begins with Randy’s dad having dreams about deceased relatives urging him to complete their family tree. Randy agrees to help with the genealogy, but after his searching leads to a dead end, he takes a commercially available DNA test. The results reveal a possible genetic match to a sister, which begins a familial quest that forever changes the author’s life.
Featuring a cast of vivid characters, richly drawn from two distinct families, The Milkman’s Son reveals one man’s family tree, pulling back layers of new information as he gets closer to the truth—a biological father, siblings, and family members he never knew about.
This is a story of accepting, forgiving, reuniting, and, most importantly, it’s about the bonds that connect us and the unconditional love that makes us feel like we belong.

Raised in a family he bore little resemblance to, Randy was jokingly referred to as "the milkman’s son." This warm and candid memoir chronicles the unraveling of a family secret, which begins with...

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interesting book. Glad there was a happy ending, and author had a good relationship with ALL his family. I loved that they embraced him as a brother and son.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

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As a genetic genealogist, Randy’s story is all too familiar to me. So many of my clients have similar stories. Few, however, have one that turns out as beautifully as Randy’s did. The way Randy and his new family members meshed and joined is simply beautiful and magical. I really enjoyed reading the story from his perspective, and I hope he gets to get out to visit them a whole lot more often WHEN this book becomes a success. Thank you to Randy for sharing his family’s story with us, and thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review it.

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When I requested this book on Netgalley, I wasn't sure what to expect. This isn't usually the kind of books I read. However, I was enthralled from the beginning. I loved the details of the story and following along with this memoir and watching the relationships develop and unfold. I read this one over the course of my evening and couldn't put it down. We've all heard jokes about someone belonging to the milkman or the mailman, but to find out that you aren't who you thought you were at the tender age of 57, that is something that is a lot to take in.

This book is full of honesty and humor and explores non-traditional family creation. It is one of those situations where truth is stranger than fiction. I have never read this author but liked the narrative and his writing style. I would definitely recommend this one to others.

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The Milkman’s Son by Randy Lindsay is a poignant story about what it means to belong in a family. It also is a wonderful tale of self discovery, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Being adopted myself and researching my DNA to find my birth family, I have had many of the feelings Randy describes so well. A fun, uplifting read.

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I mostly enjoyed the journey of this book. There were a few places that seemed to drag, that could have been condensed a bit, but overall, it was fun to ride the emotional wave with Randy through his family history mystery, It was wonderful that Randy's Arizona family cheered him on so much, and such a blessing that his newly found New Jersey family welcomed him into their fold so quickly. I kept hoping that his newly discovered, biological father, would ask Randy to aid him in finding out whatever he can about his father's own "Lodge" family mystery, so that we could peek into that Pandora's box as well. Maybe there will be another book forthcoming!

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Good story, good writing, good humor! The author takes what would be a very hard discovery, finding out his father wasn't his biological father, and turns it into a feel good story about the way families can grow and be inclusive.

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