Currently Reading:The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness by Maddie Dawson

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It is Wednesday. Jamaica is safe, and I am feeling thankful and at the same time distressed about the strange responses people have had to Hurricane Matthew. But I won’t rant about about the bizarre statements I heard yesterday when I returned to work or the memes I have I seen online. I will say this, Jamaica is no more blessed by gods or anything than any place else, a hurricane is storm system, a natural occurrence that all of us in the Caribbean have experienced, no nation is excluded based on religion and any other crap. Expressing gratitude for the blessings and grace we have does not require any comparison to the sufferings of others. Be thankful, that is all that is required.

My thoughts are with our Caribbean neighbours in Haiti, Cuba and The Bahamas.


Now today is about books, and I started reading, The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness yesterday and I am only around 18% in (reading on the Kindle app) and I already adore Nina.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads:

Three women, three lives, and one chance to become a family…whether they want to or not.

Newly orphaned, recently divorced, and semi-adrift, Nina Popkin is on a search for her birth mother. She’s spent her life looking into strangers’ faces, fantasizing they’re related to her, and now, at thirty-five, she’s ready for answers.

Meanwhile, the last thing Lindy McIntyre wants is someone like Nina bursting into her life, announcing that they’re sisters and campaigning to track down their mother. She’s too busy with her successful salon, three children, beautiful home, and…oh yes, some pesky little anxiety attacks.

But Nina is determined to reassemble her birth family. Her search turns up Phoebe Mullen, a guarded, hard-talking woman convinced she has nothing to offer. Gradually sharing stories and secrets, the three women make for a messy, unpredictable family that looks nothing like Nina pictured…but may be exactly what she needs. Nina’s moving, ridiculous, tragic, and transcendent journey becomes a love story proving that real family has nothing to do with DNA.


ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley! My review is likely to be posted in another two or three weeks, I am reading the Kindle Edition, which is 386 pages. The expected publication date is  October 25, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing.

Talk to you guys on Friday, yes, on Friday October 7. October is special to me, this month is my birthday, October 16 and The Stories of Chantel DaCosta turns two on October 27. This month I will start a new series of posts, Happy Friday posts. So talk again really soon.

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