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Nestled in the Chesapeake Bay, Brodie Island is charming, remote, and slow to change. For three hundred years, Abby Brodie's farming family has prospered there. Now, years after leaving to make her way on her own terms, Abby is coming home to see her ailing grandmother, with her teenage daughter and a wealth of memories in tow. Yet as family members gather at the old farmhNestled in the Chesapeake Bay, Brodie Island is charming, remote, and slow to change. For three hundred years, Abby Brodie's farming family has prospered there. Now, years after leaving to make her way on her own terms, Abby is coming home to see her ailing grandmother, with her teenage daughter and a wealth of memories in tow. Yet as family members gather at the old farmhouse, Abby realizes this visit offers more than a chance to say goodbye.After decades of feeling she was a disappointment as a daughter, Abby is beginning to see that her mother, too, has struggled to feel a sense of belonging within the Brodie family. Celeste, Abby's self-centered sister, is far from the successful actress she pretends to be, and needs help that only Abby and their half-brother, Joseph, can give. But most surprising of all is the secret that Grandmother Brodie has been carrying--one that will make each woman question her identity and the sacrifices she's willing to make to gain acceptance.With her trademark emotional honesty and insight, Colleen Faulkner lays bare the challenges at the heart of a family--learning how to forgive, connect, and let ourselves be truly known at last....

Title : What Makes a Family
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ISBN : 9781617739354
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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What Makes a Family Reviews

  • Terri
    2019-05-29 19:23

    Review also found at received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is January 31st, 2017.This is the story of what happens when a dysfunctional family gathers together while the matriarch is on her deathbed.  Told from the view of each of the woman, you get a different perspective and take on the family dynamic.  It is not surprising that each woman does not see things the same as the next.While the story was a little slow at times, I was hooked by the story of mom Brodie and her secret.  As this story came to light, I kept looking forward until the story would switch to her point of view so that I could see how all of the pieces tied together.  Compared to her story, the others were not remotely as interesting.As in most stories, there is also the person to dislike and in this case it was Celeste.  Talk about a train wreck however I will divulge only what the synopsis says.  No spoilers in this review!  I also had a hard time identifying and liking little Joe due to the actions of his past.  Perhaps my judgemental side coming out but I couldn't help it.  Again you would have to read to find out why.At the end of the day this story is about the family dynamic and how everyone struggles to fit in and find their place within the family.  It is about identity and the struggle between who you want to be and who you really are.  Fans of womans fiction may enjoy this family struggle.

  • Sarah Yee
    2019-06-05 15:37

    This book was just well-written and entertaining enough to keep me reading. The final chapters, though, were a frustrating disappointment! Everything just ended up too trite and convenient and ruined anything redeeming about the rest of the book.

  • alwaysneed2learn
    2019-06-16 14:27

    I enjoyed this book, but found the ending a little strange... not that it didn't "fit" with the rest of the novel, but it seemed a bit "flat" overall.Despite being told from several different point of views, I didn't feel the book lost momentum switching back and forth between characters. In fact, the pacing of the story was spot-on. I found that I enjoyed the historical story told from Mom Brodie's viewpoint the best. I wish that was the center of the novel (and not the selfish/superficial escapades of the flighty sister, Celeste). Without giving anything away, I also thought basing the entire book on Mom Brodie's inevitable death and then really glossing over the situation when it happened was interesting. Still, I read (and seemed to enjoy) the entire book and would recommend it to others...

  • Carolyn
    2019-05-25 13:25

    First time reading something from this author. Thanks Goodreads! A great women's story about a family coming together on the home island for the death of the family matriarch. Laughter, tears, rivalries, twists and turns in the few days leading up to her passing. And at the base the love that glues everyone together. Totally enjoyed the characters and everything about this book.

  • Monique
    2019-06-18 19:22

    This was interesting. It took a family who, on the surface, seemed ok, and delved in to the past and present problems of each. Content wise, I believe it was pretty alright (besides the party Aunt, who you feel bad for, for a second). The ending was ironic, but seemed to fit.

  • Charlene Rowe
    2019-06-24 19:46

    Not sure what to think.Not sure I liked the book. Not sure I linked the characters. But it made me think so I guess the author did her job. The characters stayed true to themselves and the grandmother's story kept me reading all the way through.

  • Karen
    2019-06-09 17:22

    I liked the story told from the pov of different generations of women at different times in their lives. But there were just too many pov's. The wild sister was just boring w/ no insight into why she was the way she was. Too many of the plot lines were too predictable. So just 2 stars.

  • Lorraine Benedict
    2019-06-15 21:23

    Excellent story; now I need to go back and read the author's other two books.

  • Priscilla
    2019-05-31 18:30

    Slow to start, but one of the best last lines in a book. This book hit on all emotions.

  • Angie Williams
    2019-06-23 15:26

    This was such a fun book. I was in love with all the characters.

  • Kim
    2019-06-25 13:50

    I loved this story! Makes you wonder if you really know your family. Makes you wonder if you are in the place you should be, doing what you should.

  • Patti Steidlmayer
    2019-05-28 19:47

    Omg so good!!! I didn't want it to end.

  • Daise
    2019-06-21 16:45

    Well written. But, somewhat boring.

  • Heather
    2019-06-01 13:50

    I loved this book! I loved that it included several generations of women with their history, all going though the same thing. One of them is dying and everyone is figuring out life after and what it all means. The ending really surprised me, which is probably why I gave it 5 stars. It pulled it all together and made me smile.

  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    2019-06-08 14:33

    What Makes A FamilyColleen FaulkerAvailable: January 31, 2017Thank you to for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I have devoured all of Colleen Faulker’s previous novels and loved each one. I’ve cried my way through them, laughed at some parts, and smiled at the similarities with my own brood. “What Makes A Family” is a good book – it just didn’t leave me with the warm fuzzies around my heart like all of the others.What I loved: The history of the carney world in the Great Depression was fascinating to learn about. Life in the Great Depression is something so many people cannot wrap their heads around as we are losing the survivors every day and just being reminded of what people struggled with on a daily basis to get through life makes you stop and think about all that you have.What I didn’t love: There are the strong women (Sarah, Abby and Sarah) and the weak ones (Birdie and Celeste) and the men are practically useless in this family. Little Joe has been coddled by his mother for his entire life that he doesn’t seem to know how to exist without someone doing practically everything for him. It’s a weird dynamic on Brodie Island and I’m not sure if it’s a great place to be. Birdie is a doormat who doesn’t have any self respect because she was never taught that she was valued. Her own daughters treat her like the hired help and that’s a poor family dynamic.What I learned: Grandparents once had lives outside of you – its time to learn about those years.Overall Grade:

  • Katherina Martin
    2019-06-13 15:33

    A favorite author of mineThis is an author who I love to read. I was really exited to find that she had another book out. I think this makes 3, and they have been consistently good.

  • C bond
    2019-06-16 19:41

    via netgalleywell written, good read.