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{Blog Tour} Review: Familiar Ties by Naya Nikki

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Familiar Ties


by Naya Nikki
Publication Date: May 21 2012
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Source: eARC for blog tour

Max West is a widower raising Phoebe, his four-year-old daughter. Phoebe has to live with the fact that the day she was born is also the day of her mother's death. As her fifth year without her mother approaches, Phoebe finds solace in her godmother, Amy Riley, and her daughter, Grace Crawford, another single parent family.

Amy Riley is a successful fashion designer who spends most of her days raising her four-year-old daughter, Grace, while her wayward boyfriend is travelling the world making the next best film. As the fifth year without her best friend looms she finds comfort in her ex-boyfriend, Max, and his daughter, Phoebe.

These two “broken” families have a tough week to face as the dreaded day approaches. However through their past, present and debatable future will their choices affect the outcome both parents clearly want and are simply denying? Or will Phoebe and Grace lose the only “whole” family they have ever known?
 

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Review

Naya Nikki's debut novel, Familiar Ties, spans seven days filled with love, pain, and happiness. This heartfelt story follows Max and Amy as they navigate the past to find each other in the present. Spurred on by the love Max's daughter, Phoebe, has for Amy's daughter, Grace, the two families struggle to define what they truly are to each other.

Nikki did an excellent job of setting off the waves of emotion pouring out of this story. The characters and their problems weren't overly dramatic, but realistic enough to get a rise out of readers. Both Max and Amy were classic in their denial of the attraction they felt for one another. I'm surprised they stayed in the best friends zone for as long as they did.

The little instances where Phoebe and Grace treated them like a real family are something to smile about. Their innocence and longing for a stable family, with both a loving father and mother, really showed the root of what Familiar Ties is all about. The road to happiness was indeed a rocky one, but I think the struggle the characters all faced was needed for the ending to be appreciated more.

Familiar Ties is truly an uplifting story and I'm so happy to have been given the chance to review it. Every page captured my attention and left residual feelings of satisfaction after the last one.

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