Title: We Are Family
Author: Beth Moran
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Thirty-three-year-old Ruth Henderson and her daughter Maggie have some hard choices to make. Following the tragic death of Maggie’s father, they are left with a mountain of debt and broken hearts. So, despite her vow never to return home after the fall-out from her teenage pregnancy, Ruth can’t see any option other than for the two of them to move back in with her parents.
Going home means many things – finally confronting her estranged father, navigating her mother’s desperate need to make everything ok despite the wobbles in her own marriage, not to mention helping a still-grieving Maggie to settle into a new school, find new friends, and stop expressing her emotions through her ever-changing hair colour.
What Ruth needs are friends, but she abandoned her childhood ones when she left all those years ago. Luckily for Ruth, they haven’t abandoned her. Slowly she lets herself be embraced by a group of women who have always had her back – even when she didn’t know it. And as the grief and shock recede, Ruth can even begin to imagine sharing her life with someone other than just Maggie – if Maggie will let her.
My Review of We Are Family
I am a huge fan of Beth Moran and love her style of writing. Having already read and loved Let it Snow and Just the Way You Are, I knew I was going to love We Are Family just as much. This story follows Ruth, who after her husband dies and leaves her in a huge financial mess, is forced to move back to her parents with her daughter Maggie. Feeling like her life is falling apart, Ruth struggles to cope with this new reality she faces.
To make ends meet, Ruth takes on 2 part-time jobs, although this barely touches the surface of all the debt that her husband left behind when he passed away. With the help of her Mum, Ruth slowly starts to fit back in at home and even begins to make some friends. We slowly start to see Ruth coming out of her shell again, and even forming a much better relationship with her daughter, Maggie.
As with the other books from Beth Moran, this story takes the reader on a real emotional roller coaster, and at times, the story explores some dark and difficult topics, but all handled in a very sensitive way. We Are Family is a beautifully written story, showing that no matter what happens in life, family and friends are all that really matter. A beautiful, thought-provoking, and heart-warming story.
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