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A Family Affair

By: Robyn Carr
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
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Publisher's Summary

Life’s biggest dilemmas can provide its sweetest rewards.

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.

©2022 Robyn Carr (P)2022 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Not a fan of including COVID19 in the writing.

It was great until Robyn included COVID 19. Not a fan of hearing about it. But I know Robyn is very liberal in her writing. But I listen to romance books to escape the noise around me and not to have the current affairs in my ears.

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Never have I ever

Never have I ever given a Robyn Carr book less than 5 stars. If Therese wasn’t so awesome, I would not have finished this book. HATED the choppy storyline. Not at all impressed by the characters.

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Weak plot. Poor representation of autism.

I’ve read most, if not all, of Robyn Carr’s books. The series ones were the best especially Sullivan’s Crossing. This one didn’t have much of a plot. Only one of the characters had a full story and it wasn’t the main character.
The character with autism was full of stereotypes. The other two adult children had the opportunity to share their feelings and views about events and relationships. The person with autism was characterized as unemotional and robotic. She never got to tell her story or share her thoughts. Her existence was only there through the eyes of others. She was described as brilliant and able to attend grad school and live alone so she should have been able to tell her own story. It’s a harmful myth that people with autism are cold and unemotional. They may not communicate their emotions in a neurotypical way but they are complex humans with feelings. Additionally, the term “Asperger’s” is not used by the mental health community bc Hans Asperger was a Nazi eugenicist. There are some individuals with autism who choose to still use the term for themself but the author didn’t address that. Because she didn’t address anything about the character with autism except how she was perceived by (and a source of stress and worry to) her family. I’m very disappointed that such an accomplished author failed to do basic research in order to portray someone with autism in an accurate and respectful way. I kept listening and hoping for development but it didn’t happen. I regret spending money on this.

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Excellent…in every way!

From the familiar voice of Therese Plummer weaving the tale, to the weaving of Robyn Carr’s new offering, the story of Anna’s family, is at once complicated and reassuring. I enjoyed it start to finish!

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Total train wreck all around.

I’ve read almost all of RC’s books. Love them. But this was awful. Didn’t like how she included COVID. I get trying to make it relevant to time, but I listen to this genre to escape. Characters were all snobs, especially Jesse. Basically a doctor with God syndrome. Autism wasn’t accurately captured with Bess. As a whole, the book was choppy… first you thought the brother should break up and then the next minute he’s (I guess?) happily engaged and we should be happy. Other similar scenarios throughout the book. Of course I couldn’t stop listening because Therese Plummer could make my grocery list sound enticing.

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Not what I was expecting

This was the first book by this author I have read, and it was so much more than I expected.this book had me so caught up in the story and characters I read it without stopping.

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A Family Affair

it was good for first auditable book. kept me interested while I pulled weeds in my garden.

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Family!!

Loved the story. Narrator and narration great. Always entertained by Robyn Carr. Good relationships.! Looking forward to more books!

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Not a disappointing story. Way to go Robyn. Keep them coming....reader is awesome, thanks

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Best Yet

I couldn't stop reading and was a little sad when the story was done. This feels like the start of a great series. 👍

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