Anna McNichol knows how to take charge. Raised by a single mother, she’s worked to ensure her three children have every advantage she didn’t. And while her marriage has its problems, she values commitment and believes in “till death do us part.” Now an empty nester, she’s at the peak of her career and ready to seize the opportunity to focus on her future.

But life can change in an instant, and when her husband dies suddenly, Anna’s carefully constructed world falls apart. The mysterious young woman at the memorial service confirms her husband had been keeping secrets, and Anna is determined to get to the truth.

For once, she doesn’t have the answers. Her kids are struggling with their grief, her mother’s health is in decline and Anna needs closure. Faced with one challenge after another, she finds support from an unexpected source. And as she puts her life back together, Anna realizes the McNichols may not be perfect but they’ll always be family, and family is forever.


an interior journey thoughts


As I began A Family Affair, I was immediately immersed in the lives of the characters, but felt especially connected to Anna, the matriarch. Her three grown children all had issues, and it fell on her to resolve them. A husband/father who had been disappointing had to be dealt with after his death. Even the children all had to move on with the help of therapy and their mother.

When Anna turns to an old friend, a man who had been a comfort over the years, she began to realize that there was more between them.

What will Anna find to cling to afterwards? She begins to realize that her own ability to stand on her own has never been in doubt.

I enjoyed the story and the characters, and this book earned 4.5 stars.



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