Review: Accidentally Family (Book #1: Pecan Valley Series) by Sasha Summers

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Life for Felicity, and her teen children, is finally back on track. After her divorce, she wasn’t sure if her sweet family would ever be the same. But things are good––right up until her ex’s spirited toddler lands on Felicity’s doorstep. If the universe is going to throw lemons at her, thank God she has her best friend, Graham, to help her make lemonade out of them. How did she never notice how kind and sexy he is?

Graham is still recovering from his wife’s death years ago and trying to help his teen daughter get her life together. Who is he kidding? His daughter hates him. Forget lemons––he’s got the entire lemon tree. So when Felicity suggests they join forces and help each other, he’s all in. And suddenly he can’t stop thinking about her as more than just a friend. Too bad their timing couldn’t be worse…

Because life rarely goes as planned. Luckily there are many different kinds of family to hold you together and lift you up…plus maybe even a little love between friends.

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Source: Netgally, Entangled: Amara, and Purchase          Rating: 4/5 stars

There are some people in this world who are just genuinely good humans!  Despite the ups and the downs – especially the downs – they have encountered in their lives, they remain good.  Felicity is absolutely one of those people and despite the absolute storm the universe has thrown her way, she has remained a remarkably good, kind, and caring person. 

Felicity thought her life was perfect.  Beautiful home, low-maintenance twins, and a husband who not only provided for, but adored his family.  Nothing is perfect and, sadly, Felicity and her twins find that out the hard way.  When Felicity’s husband leaves her for another woman and another life, she must find a way to make a life for herself and her children beyond what they have all known.  Navigating a divorce is hard enough but navigating a divorce and having to explain to your children why their dad no longer engages with them is even harder and far more heart-breaking. 

As always, the Universe isn’t quite finished with Felicity and her children and this time, the Universe has a whopper of a surprise in store for them.  In the blink of an eye, their family life changes dramatically and in ways none of them ever could have imagined.  In the blink of an eye, Felicity goes from having teenage twins to having twins and their infant half-sibling.  Yeah, the Universe really did save up for this one and it has the craziest of consequences. To help bear the burden, Felicity reconnects with an old friend, Graham.  Like Felicity, Graham has his own hands full raising a hellraising and thoroughly depressed teenager and working full-time as a doctor.

The connection between Felicity and Graham is long standing and based in friendship.  As the two help one another with their respective family issues, the connection becomes even stronger and grows into something far more than either was looking for.  Between their own feelings and navigating what is best for their kids, Felicity and Graham have a load of obstacles before them but are both more than willing to put in the work.  As they discover sometimes the storm sent by the Universe is a huge blessing in disguise more than a disaster meant to destroy their happiness.

The Bottom Line: I honestly wasn’t sure how all the madness and crazy in this book was going to come together, but somehow it did.  The things thrown at Felicity and Graham and their kids are just incredible and the average human would likely buckle under the pressure.  Felicity is just a phenomenally good human and she rolls with the punches in order to what is best for all involved.  Though Graham is a bit less calm, cool, and collected, he is a steady presence that bolsters Felicity and her twins.  In reverse, Felicity helps Graham with his troubled daughter and helps her understand that despite her loss, there are those who love her and will do their best to always be there for her.  In all, this is such a wonderful story of love and friendship, of hardship and overcoming obstacles, and the power of friendship.

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