Blog Tour: Familiar Ground by Michelle Lynn +Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
ad·dic·tion noun \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\
: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something
: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something
Leah and Adam have never met.
However, they live parallel lives.
Lives plagued by addiction.
When a tragic, but common demon, surfaces between their siblings, Leah and Adam’s worlds collide, never to be the same again.
Adam loses his sister forever.
Leah’s brother returns.
Both gain a niece, neither knew existed.
Now they face an obstacle to raise a niece together while Leah’s brother struggles to free himself from the grip of drug addiction as Adam’s family grieves for the sister and daughter they lost.
A commonality is discovered.
Deep wounds begin to heal.
Lines blur as their lives entwine.
“Do you want to talk about it?” I hesitantly ask, running my own finger along the steering wheel.
“I’m not sure. It’s just all so crazy in my head. Nothing makes sense. Nothing is going as I’ve planned.”
“Sometimes the best things that happen are the ones you least expect,” I say, like some damn philosophy professor.
She turns to me with a serious face. “Adam, what if Shane doesn’t get clean? What if he can’t do it?” A tear clings to her lashes before falling from her eye and trailing down her cheek.
Leah Tomas has always been the one her brother Shane counted on when he needed money to score drugs. His doorstep visits were always the same and resulted in Leah bailing him out. Then one day the visit gets switched up. Instead of asking for money, he asks her to take care of his little girl while he checks in to rehab and begins cleaning up his life.
Adam McAllister has tried to help his sister get clean, but her addiction to drugs was too deep. So much so that it caused her death. There’s so much about his sister that he never knew and the biggest secret she kept from him was her daughter, Dani.
Leah’s 3 year-old niece and Adam’s niece Dani are one in the same. Neither having any experience with a toddler, they join forces to give her the best and happiest life possible. The more time they spend together, the closer they get. They have one of the biggest commonalities that only they can really understand.
This book had it’s heartbreaking moments what with having topics like death and addiction, but it also contained love and hope which lightened the story completely. Plus, something beautiful came from darkness in the form of a gorgeous little girl.
Dani was such a miracle and honestly the best thing that could have happened to both of the families. She not only brought Adam and Leah together, but the families as well.
The addiction and drug world was written well and pretty accurately. There was a payback scenario in the book that was spot on with the kind of things that happen amongst drug users/dealers. It did seem a bit much only because it caught me by surprise and I wasn’t expecting the second part of it. But it’s fiction so c’est la vie!
The romance was also written wonderfully. The love between Adam and Leah wasn’t instant, but rather a slow development from like/lust to deep, meaningful love. They certainly had an instant connection. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that they were both in the same boat. They knew what the other was going through and feeling.
Leah does start off having a boyfriend and stays with him for a good portion of the book, but that entire time, she realizes he’s not really the one for her. And at the same time, she’s also noticing Adam more and more and sorting out the feelings and doubts surrounding their relationship. So when they finally give in to their feelings, the quick "I love you’s" were understandable. The love was slowly growing in silence and once they tossed their worries aside, that love eventually had room to thrive.
This book is a stand alone with no cliffhanger.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review/opinion.
Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
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