When I saw the title of this book, I immediately thought, “I obviously need this.”
My family is all crazy as hell, but we do love each other. 🙂
Nina Popkin has known her whole life that she was adopted. She had a great life, raised by quiet, lovely, academics as an only child. However, that didn’t stop her from looking at the faces of passing women and men and wondering to herself, “Could they be my parents?” Every woman she saw with red hair or any resemblance to her own, she childishly convinced herself could be her biological mother passing by. Due to the recent death of adoptive mother, following the death of her adoptive father years earlier, she is more curious about her biological parents than she has ever been. She finds herself terribly lonely, despite her fulfilling job as a real estate agent and stager, and her best friend. Nina’s mother had been not only her mother, but her best friend and the center of which she built her life around.
Nina has never had trouble finding men, but her short lived marriage left her reeling and she hasn’t been able to find a life and family of her own. She desperately wants a family that is her own flesh and blood, and being 35, she feels like her dreams are quickly slipping away. Then she meets Carter. A classically handsome, charming man, recently divorced with two teenagers, who is in need of a home. Nina’s best friend practically forces her to be the one to drive him around town, looking for places to live. While searching for a home for Carter, the two begin to hit it off. But, is his baggage too much for Nina and should she try and date while she is wrestling with the idea of trying to find her real parents and forge a relationship with a sister who clearly does not want the same?
Just like Nina Popkin, Lindy McIntyre has always known she was adopted, but she has no desire to know anything about her biological family. She’s always been happy with her life, and definitely never felt that anything was missing or that she needed any answers. Lindy’s determination to keep the past where it belongs is suddenly shaken when she meets Nina, who excitedly tells her that she is her biological sister. Despite the fact that it’s obvious Nina is hoping for a relationship between the two of them, Lindy makes it clear to Nina that she wants nothing to do with her or her biological family, and has no interest in trying to find them.
Nina takes a journey that teaches her that family isn’t always bound by DNA, it’s who you love and who is there for you when you need them. She finds love, heartbreak, a hard reality check, and maybe happiness if she can only survive.
I recommend this book to all those who have been adopted (authors note: my best friend is adopted and my little sister is adopted) and I’m sure that the questions and emotions Nina feels while searching for her biological family are not uncommon.
Maddie Dawson is a brilliant writer, letting us into the character’s minds so intimately that we feel like we know them personally, like only a great writer can do.
It’s a book about family, love, and what truly makes both so special.
I fully recommend it and I hope you all read it!