The Heart of Family

Saga of the Shores series, Book 1

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Pub Date Mar 21 2023 | Archive Date Aug 15 2023


The Heart of Family is an emotional story where guilt, forgiveness and the power of love will make you cry and laugh as two middle-aged sisters tackle life's obstacles with grit and determination. 

Fern’s sister has been dead for a decade but still drops in for chats; adding to the drama for this dysfunctional family.

When Fern and her sister, Rose, go away for their annual week-long getaway to the old family cottage it’s their chance to reconnect, rant about life, bake and make their famous pickles. When Fern starts to feel something is “off”, her gut instinct proves true in the worst way possible.

A family tragedy makes Fern second guess all the sacrifices she’s made for her family. Old family wounds are exposed, an estranged sister once again enters their lives while the ghost of a sister haunts Fern with life lessons. Personal life and death choices test Fern and Rose along with their husbands in ways no one foresees.

Can these sisters stand side by side while grieving to learn the power of forgiveness and reclaim the loves of their lives? Will the power of forgiveness right wrongs?

Discover the special bond of two sisters who tackle life head-on and love with all their hearts in this small town, drama-filled saga, full of family secrets.

The Heart of Family is an emotional story where guilt, forgiveness and the power of love will make you cry and laugh as two middle-aged sisters tackle life's obstacles with grit and determination. 


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This was an easy read, perfect to cozy up on the sofa with. Fern, and her family live in Nova Scotia where they have a lot of family issues, heartache and loss. It took me a while to get into the story, there are lots of characters and I was having trouble connecting who was who. But once I understood the characters and their family dynamics, I just settled in and read. We have Fern, Rose and their mom, along with their husbands and children. As I read, I could picture the cottage they visit, the lake they fish on and the small town they live in. This family's ups and downs, love for each other and determination will carry the reader on a lovely journey. I feel like i saw that this is the first of a series, but I can't find that info again. If it is, I would certainly read the next to see where this family goes.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy in return for my review.

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The Heart of Family is an emotion-filled journey through the dysfunction and problematic history behind one family.

Sisters Rose and Fern travel each year to an old family cottage on the lake. It gives them a chance to enjoy one another’s company and engage in their own traditions of baking and pickling. However, Fern’s sixth sense of impending trouble is unfortunately not wrong and tragedy strikes.

This story is true to life and all its imperfections – showing the characters’ flaws, issues, and internal struggles. But it also encompasses the good in how a family can come together in the wake of tragedy. Secrets are uncovered and the sisters must make decisions they never expected to make – decisions that will have a lasting effect on their family and future. I was glued to the page honestly not knowing how characters would respond to what was happening.

This is a captivating novel, and I look forward to the next installment in this series.

Special thanks to NetGalley and the author for the ARC. All thoughts in this review are honest and my own.

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A emotional story of forgiveness and giving second chances. I loved watching the sisters reconnect and the bond that they develop.

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