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.
I am a huge Michelle Lynn fan. She is amazingly talented and her writing gets better and better with each new book she releases. One of the main reasons I loved Familiar Ground so much was the unique story line. Michelle really stepped out of her norm with this one and she hit a home run.
This book tells the story of Adam and Leah, two people brought together by their siblings addictions. Adam gets a phone call one night, the call that every addict's family member dreads. His sister died.
Shane, Leah's brother is also an addict. He shows up at Leah's house with 3 year old Dani in tow. Her niece that she never knew existed. He asks Leah to care for her while he goes to rehab to get himself clean, following the death of Dani's mother.
Imagine Adam's surprise when he finds out that he has a niece, but not only that, the niece's aunt is the girl he's been checking out for a while now from his construction job site. The attraction between Adam and Leah is instant but they have a niece to think about if things don't work out between them.
This story is heartbreaking and beautiful. It is so easy to imagine this story as someone's real life. Michelle did a phenomenal job of demonstrating how addiction not only affects the addicts, but their family and friends as well. She handled a difficult topic with precision and care. Dani was a bright light in this story. She is so adorable and the bond she forms with both Adam and Leah is heart warming. Watching her come out of her shell with her aunt and uncle and overcome what she has been through was just remarkable. I absolutely loved this book sand highly recommend it!
“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.
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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