Book Review: Family Affair

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: William Morow (Imprint of HarperCollins), 1994 & 2011

Genre: Romance

Format: Hardback

Source: Public Library

Short Synopsis

Lacey Lancaster has always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she decides it’s time to lay low for a while in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful, except for her utterly impossible neighbor Jack Walker. When he’s not arguing day and night with his girlfriend, begging her to move in with him, he’s chasing down his cat named Dog, who seems determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances.

Then Lacey discovers the awful truth-Cleo is in the family way and Dog’s to blame. She’s furious that neither Jack nor his amorous animal seem too upset about the situation.

But Lacey learns that things are not quite as they seem. Jack’s “girlfriend” is really his sister-and his intentions toward Lacey are very honorable. And though she’s not quite sure about Dog, Lacey begins to discover the tender joy of falling in love all over again (from the book jacket).

What I Liked:

  • Debbie Macomber’s good, clean stories of romantic relationships.
  • The author’s understanding of forgiveness.
  • The “romance” between the cats.
  • The four recipes at the end for cat treats. (The tuna cookies and the liver and carrot cookies actually sounded good.)
  • At only 102 pages, it was a short, quick read.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Not a lot of depth to the characters but actually that’s okay.

My Rating: B

Recommend? Yes, for those who like a quick, sweet romance. As Debbie said in the forward to the story, “Pour yourself a cup of tea, cuddle up in a comfortable chair, and if one is at hand, put a cat in your lap to pet while you’re reading.” Enjoy.

If you want to check it out, read the first chapter here: Debbie Macomber.com

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9 Responses to Book Review: Family Affair

  1. Molly says:

    While I couldn’t make a steady diet of Macomber’s novels, I must say that I have come to appreciate her good, clean stories as an escape every once in a while. At 102 pages, this one would be great on hand just in case I need to “get away” fast 🙂

  2. I have this but didn’t know what it was about! I think I will like this!

  3. Martha says:

    I just started reading Debbie Macomber and I do appreciate the lightness of her stories. They are a nice little respite I can take after I’ve done some heavy reading.

  4. I don’t read a lot of romance, but the fact that this one includes animals makes it appealing.

  5. Bumbles says:

    Sounds fluffy – with the kitties and all ;0) Nothing wrong with good clean fun.

    I am not sure I am devoted enough to whip up my own cat treats, but considering I walked around half of today with a forgotten bag of cat treats in my coat pocket I suppose being able to make my own for Tedy would be helpful!

  6. kaye says:

    I’ve never tried a Debbie M. book yet but I see her in reviews often. nice review.

  7. Rural View says:

    I’m not really a fan of romance novels, just real romance :), but I might enjoy this when I’m in need of a quick light read. Love a cat named Dog! That’s funny.

  8. Staci says:

    I love her books for exactly the reasons you listed!! I keep finding her books for a quarter each at my library on their book sale cart!!! Yay!!! I hope to stumble across this one!

  9. stacybuckeye says:

    I like the sound of the kitty romance 🙂

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