Thursday, July 8, 2021

Review: Lost and Found Family by Jennifer Ryan

Lost and Found Family
by Jennifer Ryan

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  She would do anything to protect her children, including keeping her secrets buried with her late husband…

All families have secrets, and no one knows it better than Sarah Anderson. Hiding the truth about her late husband from their children is only half of it. She’s let her mother-in-law, Margaret, hate her for years, just to keep the illusion that her son was perfect intact.

But when the older woman threatens to remove the boys from her home, Sarah strikes a bargain: she’ll bring them for a six week visit, even though it goes against her every instinct.

Complicating matters is attorney Luke Thompson. An old friend of the family, he’s agreed to investigate Sarah’s past, although he doesn’t feel comfortable poking around in her private life. What he finds is a truth very different from the one he’s been led to believe.

 All Sarah ever wanted was a family, and all Luke wants now is her love. The time has come to reveal the terrible secrets that have been kept for so long. In losing the past, a new love—and family—can be found.

Kritters Thoughts:  Sarah Anderson has picked herself up and put herself and her boys back together after the death of their father and her husband.  He left quite a lot for her to pick up and her mother in law blames her for all sorts of things as she has been living with truth that her son provided before his death.  She insists the boys come and visit her, so Sarah picks up her life and relocates for six weeks that will eventually change her life.

A great romance that of course the reader knows the outcome of the story from the beginning, but what a ride it was.  What I loved most about this story was the focus on Sarah as a career woman on top of being a single mom.  It was so interesting to read about how she sacrificed so much to build a business that her boys could be proud of and to keep up the facade that her mother in law had of her late husband.    

Sarah was a great character to follow for a story.  From a great work ethic to an interesting past to uncover, I really enjoyed how Jennifer Ryan built this character and this story.  Although this book could be on the cusp of instalove as this couple fell in love quickly as she was visiting her ex mother in law, for some reason it still felt as though it was a slow burn and it worked for me.

Be warned there were a few steamy sexy scenes, but for a girl who likes the door closed, the plot was so good, that I could skim right past and enjoy the story.  I have read a few Jennifer Ryan books and she is climbing the ladder to become an author that I am loving and really appreciating her variety of genres she writes.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 81 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from William Morrow.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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