Accidentally Family (Pecan Valley #1)
Welcome to Pecan Valley, where the town may be small but the townspeople will always lend a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on. Where good times, good humor, and good people will always lead to happily ever after. 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.

Accidentally Family (Pecan Valley #1) Details

TitleAccidentally Family (Pecan Valley #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 26th, 2020
PublisherEntangled: Amara
ISBN-139781682814741
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Doctors

Accidentally Family (Pecan Valley #1) Review

  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    Love, loss and family are at the heart of Sasha Summers’ first book in her Pecan Valley series, introducing us the Otto-Buchanan family where life is about to get a little messy for single-mum, Felicity. ...we could be a decent family. Messed up, for sure, but isn’t every family?” Told in the third person POV, Summers weaves together the story of several characters and whilst there were a couple of moments where the story hit a bit of a lull for me, overall she does an amazing job of keepin Love, loss and family are at the heart of Sasha Summers’ first book in her Pecan Valley series, introducing us the Otto-Buchanan family where life is about to get a little messy for single-mum, Felicity. ...we could be a decent family. Messed up, for sure, but isn’t every family?” Told in the third person POV, Summers weaves together the story of several characters and whilst there were a couple of moments where the story hit a bit of a lull for me, overall she does an amazing job of keeping the flow as we move from one character to another, setting up future storylines whilst dealing with teenage angst, first loves, second chances and new beginnings. I know what I want. More than anything. You.” I usually don’t like comparing authors, but for me this definitely had a feel of Sarah Morgan’s more recent offerings and based on the fact she’s a favourite I don’t think that’s an unreasonable comparison to make. So if you’re a fan of hers or simply small town romances centralised around strong women facing the day-to-day challenges of life and love, then Accidentally Family is one I recommend. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20...You all know how much I love small-town romances. So when I saw the cover of this one I had to have it. Then when I saw the series title I was lost, or hungry, it doesn't matter which one only that I knew I had to read it. Another good point for the author is the fact that within pages of the book she had me crying. I love it when an author can do that. Sasha Summers is a new author for me. So it was wonderful that Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20...You all know how much I love small-town romances. So when I saw the cover of this one I had to have it. Then when I saw the series title I was lost, or hungry, it doesn't matter which one only that I knew I had to read it. Another good point for the author is the fact that within pages of the book she had me crying. I love it when an author can do that. Sasha Summers is a new author for me. So it was wonderful that I was able to get into the story right away. This one is a heartbreaker for sure. What this family goest through it so sad and horrible. But I really liked how for the most part the kids stuck with her. Felicity is such a good person. You just can't help by like her. Sometimes I thought she was a little too nice but I got why she always wanted to see the good in life. What she is willing to do for her ex is just special. I also really enjoyed Graham. He realized that in her grief he almost forgot about his daughter and is working very hard to fix that. I didn't care for how she acted at times, it reminded me of an immature person but I get that. She lost her mom when she was young and still isn't handling it well. I'm an adult and still haven't gotten over the passing of my mom. Together they work. They are simply good people. I loved all the other characters in the story and I wanted more. I'm thinking I know how the next book is about but since I can't find anything about it I'm not sure. I think my only issue with the book is that I would have liked to have more romance between Graham and Felicity. I felt they deserved more. As a whole, I love it and can't wait for more. It might have been a little bit of women's fiction but still a good story for those who love just romance. Follow me: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for an honest review
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review4.5 stars.So emotional and beautifully written!“Accidentally Family”, by Sasha Summers (Entangled: Amara), is a wonderful story about hope and second chances, new beginnings and new families, with surprisingly realistic characters going through some hard experiences.I was so invested in this romance novel I read it in one setting. The honesty and kindness between the romantic couple and almost all characters moved me. Even the more nas Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review4.5 stars.So emotional and beautifully written!“Accidentally Family”, by Sasha Summers (Entangled: Amara), is a wonderful story about hope and second chances, new beginnings and new families, with surprisingly realistic characters going through some hard experiences.I was so invested in this romance novel I read it in one setting. The honesty and kindness between the romantic couple and almost all characters moved me. Even the more nasty characters show some sort of redemptive traits in the end.There are some heartbreaking moments with baby Jack.There’s no far-fetched drama, no plastic characters, no instant sex; just people trying to rebuild their lives after fate threw them a curve ball.Besides the main couple, there are other couples/characters fully deserving their own story.
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  • Molly Mirren
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a sweet look at two families that have been devastated by loss and betrayal. Summers deftly weaves the plot between the main three women of the story, along with a couple of the guys, too. She did a good job of transitioning from each person’s point of view and story arc without annoying the reader by switching on horrible cliffies at the end of chapters or switching too often. No character-hopping whiplash but still enticing enough to keep me wanting to eagerly turn the pages.Overa This book is a sweet look at two families that have been devastated by loss and betrayal. Summers deftly weaves the plot between the main three women of the story, along with a couple of the guys, too. She did a good job of transitioning from each person’s point of view and story arc without annoying the reader by switching on horrible cliffies at the end of chapters or switching too often. No character-hopping whiplash but still enticing enough to keep me wanting to eagerly turn the pages.Overall, this novel evokes all the warm fuzzies and a few tears that makes this a great, feel-good beach read—something I desperately needed with all the stress of dealing with the Covid-19 scare. Highly recommend!!
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  • Sophie's Reading Corner
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS Felicity was supposed to celebrate her daughter's graduation party, when she gets a disturbing call and has to rush to the hospital. As a turn of events, she gets to have to care for her ex- husband's toddler. The ex husband who abbandoned her and their kids to marry another woman, younger than her and make a son with her. Things are hard, since he hadn't the best relationship with his children, so to accept the current situation is definitely not an easy thing for Felicity and her kid 4.5 STARS Felicity was supposed to celebrate her daughter's graduation party, when she gets a disturbing call and has to rush to the hospital. As a turn of events, she gets to have to care for her ex- husband's toddler. The ex husband who abbandoned her and their kids to marry another woman, younger than her and make a son with her. Things are hard, since he hadn't the best relationship with his children, so to accept the current situation is definitely not an easy thing for Felicity and her kids. Enter Graham in the picture. An old friend of Felicity and her ex husband. A doctor who lost his wife many years ago and gets to raise his teen daughter who's very troubled and makes his life rather difficult. Things get complicated when he comes close to her once again. I really enjoyed this book! It was very heartfelt, it warmed my heart and I felt close to these families, in a way I didn't expect. I wanted to help them heal, I wanted to smash some heads and I just wanted the best for them. I enjoyed some of the funny scenes, I teared up in others and I generally enjoyed this second chance romance, even though it's one of my least favorite tropes. This one won me and I definitely recommend it! Now I need to read the next books in this series, because I'm seriously invested in these characters and I need their stories!
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  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    This was a touching story about a rather saintly woman, Felicity, whose husband left her for a younger woman. She’s raising her teenage children when she suddenly has to take in the injured toddler son of her ex-husband. Meanwhile, her husband’s former best friend, Graham, is having trouble coping with his troubled daughter after his wife’s death. Isn’t it lucky that he meets up with Felicity who, on top of all her other challenges, kindly helps out with Graham’s daughter.It’s a sad story as all This was a touching story about a rather saintly woman, Felicity, whose husband left her for a younger woman. She’s raising her teenage children when she suddenly has to take in the injured toddler son of her ex-husband. Meanwhile, her husband’s former best friend, Graham, is having trouble coping with his troubled daughter after his wife’s death. Isn’t it lucky that he meets up with Felicity who, on top of all her other challenges, kindly helps out with Graham’s daughter.It’s a sad story as all the teenagers have a lot to deal with and the two single parents struggle to see if romance can bloom in the wake of tragedy.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
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  • Pelusa Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    It's a pretty emotional book on dealing with betrayal and trying to cope with your new life after some serious changes. We meet Felicity whose husband leaves her for someone younger and now she is raising her children alone and then taking on your ex's child, she was good. Her husband former bestie Graham is now also trying to cope raising his daughter who is having issues dealing with her moms death. lots of feels my friends.Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed wi It's a pretty emotional book on dealing with betrayal and trying to cope with your new life after some serious changes. We meet Felicity whose husband leaves her for someone younger and now she is raising her children alone and then taking on your ex's child, she was good. Her husband former bestie Graham is now also trying to cope raising his daughter who is having issues dealing with her moms death. lots of feels my friends.Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    It is the night of Felicity's daughter's high school graduation and they get a sudden call when her ex-husband is involved in a tragic car accident. Felicity speeds to the hospital with her two teens, Honor and Nick. Although her divorce was difficult, quite naturally Felicity wants her children to be their with their father. With her ex being critically injured from the accident he makes a very difficult request to Felicity - for her to look after his toddler son, Jack.Meanwhile, her best frien It is the night of Felicity's daughter's high school graduation and they get a sudden call when her ex-husband is involved in a tragic car accident. Felicity speeds to the hospital with her two teens, Honor and Nick. Although her divorce was difficult, quite naturally Felicity wants her children to be their with their father. With her ex being critically injured from the accident he makes a very difficult request to Felicity - for her to look after his toddler son, Jack.Meanwhile, her best friend Graham, a doctor on scene atthe hospital, is there for her. His rebellious daughter Diana is also at the hospital at the time because Graham wants to keep an eye on her. These are all of the characters in this wonderful book - Felicity, Honor, Nick, Graham, Diana and Jack...I don't know how Sasha Summers did it with this book, but each and every character played remarkable roles in this book. Those six characters that I just listed will come together as a family. No, that is not a spoiler. I wouldn't do that to any reader of this review. The genre is romance, which pretty much guarantees a happy ending. What I will do is to tell you that the Ms. Summers crafted a very emotional story about two families becoming one. The journey is indeed troubled, but proves to be very much worth it.I'd like mention something about the parents in this story - Felicity and her relationship with her kids, and Graham's relationship with Diana. They were exceptional parents, even though there was so much angst involved with the teenagers. I also loved that the author did not shy away from some of the problems that the teens were facing during the transitions occurring in this book. Then there is baby Jack... You just have to read the book to see how this all played out. Accidentally Family is a touching story with remarkable characters and delicate situations that kept me so invested while reading this book that I could not put it down. Kudos to Ms. Summers for creating such a warm story, one that will have an impact me for a long time to come.Many thanks to Entangled; Amara and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsVery enjoyable read that at first I was a bit hesitant because the POV's were from so many different characters and until I could sort them out, I was a bit confused. After this though, the writing and storyline was smooth sailing and I was 100% engrossed in stories of teen angst, anger and hurt, second chances, friendship, and love. I am actually excited to see what is in store next for this town of pecans!
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  • Me
    January 1, 1970
    This book will take you on emotional journey. You will cry, smile and feel emotions. Graham and Felicity both are single parents having gone through a traumatic loss and divorce. Spoiler free you will learn how these two things impacted each family member. You will smile and laugh at the cute things that occur. You will root for your favorite characters. There are surprises twists that will shock you!*****I received an ARC from Netgallery for my honest review ************
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable and heart-tugging tale about the hard choices we make in love and life when children are involved, and how no matter how well you choose, the outcome is not always in your control. The realistic conflicts caught and held my attention until the end.
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    Felicity becomes the guardian of her ex-husband's toddler while her own children are grappling with their father"s and stepmother's demise. Accidentally Family is a charming read. It's about healing, opening up for emotions, and embracing people who yearn to belong. My favorite scenes were between Owen and Honor. Those sizzled with intensity. Everyone found a place to park their heart which was immensely satisfying. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the early read in exchange for Felicity becomes the guardian of her ex-husband's toddler while her own children are grappling with their father"s and stepmother's demise. Accidentally Family is a charming read. It's about healing, opening up for emotions, and embracing people who yearn to belong. My favorite scenes were between Owen and Honor. Those sizzled with intensity. Everyone found a place to park their heart which was immensely satisfying. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the early read in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Storm Navarro
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome to Pacan Valley indeed! 5/5 stars from me!!Accidentally Family is a story that manages to revolve around many issues through multiple characters without sacrificing their individuality. They feel like real people in a real town and I usually don't cry when reading a book, but there is definitely a scene between two characters that comes together toward the end that made me tear up. I rooted for Felicity and Graham the moment they set foot on the page. I felt deeply for the teenagers in t Welcome to Pacan Valley indeed! 5/5 stars from me!!Accidentally Family is a story that manages to revolve around many issues through multiple characters without sacrificing their individuality. They feel like real people in a real town and I usually don't cry when reading a book, but there is definitely a scene between two characters that comes together toward the end that made me tear up. I rooted for Felicity and Graham the moment they set foot on the page. I felt deeply for the teenagers in the story who struggle with loss, self-worth, and new love. I fell in love with Felicity's sister and followed along with her secret problems as obsessively as if she was my own sister. This novel is so beautifully written from the heart. It was heart wrenching but it was also hopeful. With a fictional world full of very real problems, Sasha Summers writes for the voices of those who feel alone. It was hard not to really feel like a part of this fractured family who find light in each other, and I'm glad I got the chance to read this book before it's release. If you like Susan Wiggs novels like "Table for Five", you will love this book!
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  • Nelle @ Nelle's Nightstand Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I need more!! The characters were so intriguing, fully fleshed out. I loved the many POVs. It was done so seamlessly that they just fit. The family dynamic of the Otto-Buchanans was so inviting, the troubles they went through so realistic. And the sweet romances, my heart!! It feels full. There are 2 side romances that I just need more of very soon!Heres hoping there's more coming from Pecan Valley!
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautiful, quick and easy read about family, surviving tragedy, and love. I particularly liked the fact that Felicity and Graham are older characters, which I'd forgotten about between requesting the book and reading it. The pacing is solid, the characters and dialogue are all believable, and I admit I did get teary-eyed on occasion. This story was moving on so many levels.I saw a lot of myself in Felicity. She loves her children so much, and has to be strong for them always, even put This was a beautiful, quick and easy read about family, surviving tragedy, and love. I particularly liked the fact that Felicity and Graham are older characters, which I'd forgotten about between requesting the book and reading it. The pacing is solid, the characters and dialogue are all believable, and I admit I did get teary-eyed on occasion. This story was moving on so many levels.I saw a lot of myself in Felicity. She loves her children so much, and has to be strong for them always, even putting on a brave face when her world is crumbling around her. It's hard to know what she saw in her ex, but that's true of real life people, too. I liked the way she and her kids were tight, like the Three Musketeers. They supported each other through the good and bad stuff, and their struggles (particularly Nick's) were very believable and authentic.I had a harder time connecting with Graham because of the distance between him and his daughter. I think it'd been about four years since his wife's passing, and I couldn't wrap my head around who badly their relationship had deteriorated. Logically I could sympathize with his situation, and the way he lost himself in his grief briefly. And perhaps some of it had to do with men in general handling emotions and relationships so differently than women, but that kind of emotional disconnect between parents and children is so far removed from my own relationship with my son that it's almost incomprehensible.The friendship between Felicity and Graham was amazing! The way they were immediately there to support each other, in spite of the dissolution of their friendship prior to the beginning of the book, was fantastic. True friendship is like that. The friendship Felicity had with her sister was great, too. And that between Honor and her brother Nick. The support and love of family was strong in this story.The issues I had with the story were little things. If Owen was in love with Honor for so many years, where did she get the idea that he was a player? I would have liked for her misconception (if that's truly what it was) to have been addressed. Also, the video from the nanny cam served to show Felicity's ex in a new light, but I'm not convinced the accident was truly random. Despite the revelation and then belief that things were well for the new family, the car didn't swerve into oncoming traffic for no reason. (I suspect a fight of some sort, but we may never know the truth.)I hope this is the start of a series because there is more to the story of Felicity's sister, Charity, and the good sheriff. And I want to know more about Honor and Owen! (The epilogue was not set far enough in the future for my liking.) And I want to see more healing for Graham's daughter. And ... and ... and ...Needless to say, Pecan Valley has captured my heart. This was my first read by this author, and I'm lucky because now I get to go back and read her previous books while waiting for her next new story. (Which really needs to be about Charity, pretty please.)
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  • Melena Torretta
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful story of friendship, family, and love. The story is told from six alternating points of view which seemed daunting at first. However, they all fit together pretty seamlessly and I think it was necessary for the reader to understand what everyone is going through.The events of the plot are set in motion when Matt and his fiance Amber die in a car accident leaving behind their very young son. Matt was previously married to Felicity, but cheated on her with Amber. He and Felicity are pa A wonderful story of friendship, family, and love. The story is told from six alternating points of view which seemed daunting at first. However, they all fit together pretty seamlessly and I think it was necessary for the reader to understand what everyone is going through.The events of the plot are set in motion when Matt and his fiance Amber die in a car accident leaving behind their very young son. Matt was previously married to Felicity, but cheated on her with Amber. He and Felicity are parents to Nick and Honor who are dealing with anger and sadness over his actions. Charity, Felicity's sister has returned to town, too. Finally, Graham was Matt's partner in a doctor's office and he is dealing with rebuilding his relationship with his daughter Diana.This was an emotional and at times heartbreaking read. I really felt for what each of the characters was going through in the aftermath of Matt's death. Even though there was sadness and grief, there was hope, happiness, and unconditional love too. The book also ends nicely, but does leave a number of story threads open. I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens with these characters.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
    January 1, 1970
    Accidentally Family is all about love and second chances. This book is emotional, a few pages in and I said out loud to myself “I hate this because it’s already making me cry” and I knew if the beginning was that emotional the whole story would just shatter me and it did. Once I started this book I really couldn’t put it down, I became so invested in the story and the lives of all the characters. I loved that this story included point of views and inner thoughts of all the characters, there wasn Accidentally Family is all about love and second chances. This book is emotional, a few pages in and I said out loud to myself “I hate this because it’s already making me cry” and I knew if the beginning was that emotional the whole story would just shatter me and it did. Once I started this book I really couldn’t put it down, I became so invested in the story and the lives of all the characters. I loved that this story included point of views and inner thoughts of all the characters, there wasn’t just a sole focus on one or the other. Each character was going through something, from the adults to the children. Everyone was struggling with something in their life, a betrayal of some sort. Two families were broken, but found a way to work together, to have a second chance at love. Accidentally Family is an emotional story that will have you crying, laughing, and falling in love with everyone involved. I completely fell in love with these characters, this blended family and the entire town of Pecan Valley. I’m hoping there is more of this group in the future, because this book was a MUST READ and I’m hooked.
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  • Nicole Smith
    January 1, 1970
    This is a must read book. I literally couldn't put this book down. I was reading this book well into the night until my eyes no longer could stay open. I loved everything about this book. There is so much raw emotion in here that I was ugly crying a few times.This is a book that you have a tissue handy. Though parts of this book are going to rip your heart it's also such a beautiful story. The title fits this book perfectly. Felicity is such a strong character. What is asked of her not many coul This is a must read book. I literally couldn't put this book down. I was reading this book well into the night until my eyes no longer could stay open. I loved everything about this book. There is so much raw emotion in here that I was ugly crying a few times.This is a book that you have a tissue handy. Though parts of this book are going to rip your heart it's also such a beautiful story. The title fits this book perfectly. Felicity is such a strong character. What is asked of her not many could take in stride and carry on. Felicity's children go through a lot and you can see the struggle, but there is light at the end. There is a sense of hope for them throughout this book. Plus Graham and his daughter reconnect with each other and Felicity and her brood. There are so set ups for what I hope is future books in the series because I'm invested in Felicity's sister story. I would highly recommend reading this one, but I do say pick a day for uninterrupted reading time because you won't want to stop reading this one. This is my first book read by Sasha Summers and she had gained a new reader!
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  • Stacy Alesi
    January 1, 1970
    Here's my take on this story. Felicity is some sort of heiress, whose parents gave her their extremely large, 100-year-old home to live in after her husband leaves her for another, much younger woman. Who happens to be pregnant. She also has enough funds to completely renovate the house. There is a mention of her running a family business, a drugstore, but it is just a brief mention and we never see her go to work. Ever. Instead, she is the quintessential stay-at-home mommy of teenagers, both of Here's my take on this story. Felicity is some sort of heiress, whose parents gave her their extremely large, 100-year-old home to live in after her husband leaves her for another, much younger woman. Who happens to be pregnant. She also has enough funds to completely renovate the house. There is a mention of her running a family business, a drugstore, but it is just a brief mention and we never see her go to work. Ever. Instead, she is the quintessential stay-at-home mommy of teenagers, both of whom are good kids. The kids handle the divorce differently. The daughter is resigned and is happy her mom is there for her. The son is an angry young man, albeit one who adores his mother and tries not to give her any grief. Like most teens.The ex-husband is a complete jerk. We never really get to meet him so all we know about him is that since he's shacked up with the girlfriend and she has the baby, he pretty much blows off his first two kids and misses all the ball games, recitals and what have you that he'd been attending throughout their young lives. The day of his oldest daughter's high school graduation, he doesn't show up. Again. But this time he has a good excuse.The ex, the girlfriend, and the baby were in a terrible car accident. The girlfriend dies, the baby has some broken bones and is in a coma, and the ex is being rushed to surgery. Before he goes, he asks Felicity to take the baby to raise. He's a doctor and he knows he is not going to make it.Meanwhile, Felicity's sister Charity comes home. She has spent years in Europe as a tour guide, but she has an excellent reason for giving up that life and settling back in the tiny town of Pecan Valley, where she is gifted with a travel agency by a friend of her grandmother's who wants to retire. Not that she goes to work, either.The male protagonist is Graham. He is also a doctor, and was partners with Felicity's ex. But when the ex went off the partnership ended. Meanwhile, Graham's wife died of cancer, leaving him desolate. His teenage daughter is very angry at him and their relationship is troubled, to say the least. But at his former partner's funeral, he remembers that they all used to be the best of friends. Felicity and Graham both need a friend now, but that friendship soon turns to more.If you can get past logic and practicality and suspend your disbelief, the rest of the book is good. I liked the characters and enjoyed spending time with them. The ending is very rushed and every loose end is neatly tied up. If this is the first book of a series, my hunch is that Charity will be next and then Felicity's daughter. There is definite potential here and I am looking forward to more from this author.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a beautiful story about hope, family, second chances, and new beginnings. Once this book took hold of me, it never let go. I was hooked from the first page, gave up going to bed at a normal hour just so I could read "one more page".The setting felt well developed, the characters flawed and believable. The storyline was perfectly paced and enjoyable to read. There was no unnecessary drama, only heartbreaking moments that had me grabbing for my box of Kleenex. This was exactly what I This was such a beautiful story about hope, family, second chances, and new beginnings. Once this book took hold of me, it never let go. I was hooked from the first page, gave up going to bed at a normal hour just so I could read "one more page".The setting felt well developed, the characters flawed and believable. The storyline was perfectly paced and enjoyable to read. There was no unnecessary drama, only heartbreaking moments that had me grabbing for my box of Kleenex. This was exactly what I needed and I hope others feel the same way.
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  • Mags
    January 1, 1970
    Accidentally Family is my first introduction to Sasha Summers, and what a wonderful introduction it was. As this was an enjoyable, touching, and sweet story. That evoked plenty of warm feelings, a few tears, and some feel good moments. And it was wonderfully well written, and plotted and I certainly felt Ms Summers was writing from the heart. Would happily recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    Accidental Family by Sasha Summers a heart-warming five-star read. This was my first read by this author, but I really enjoyed the style of writing and will be going back to read more. This was such a multi-layered story; each character plays a different part of the story and adds a different aspect. Felicity could have been worn down and despaired, but she was not, she was so much more, anyone else in her situation would be. But she wasn’t the character that I felt most for in this story, that Accidental Family by Sasha Summers a heart-warming five-star read. This was my first read by this author, but I really enjoyed the style of writing and will be going back to read more. This was such a multi-layered story; each character plays a different part of the story and adds a different aspect. Felicity could have been worn down and despaired, but she was not, she was so much more, anyone else in her situation would be. But she wasn’t the character that I felt most for in this story, that honour went to Nick, he left me in wonder, I am hopeful that we will hear more from this accidental family, as there is so much more I would love to hear.
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  • Tanya Vought
    January 1, 1970
    Accidentally Family is emotional, filled with hope/hate/pain, incredible characters, teenagers dealing with real life events and so much more!You will fall in love with this Pecan Valley Novel. Each character carries pain in their own way. Felicity..... Sight. I wish I was her! She's an incredible mom and puts her kids first, always. But has so much heartache and pain....but despite it all, she looks out for those in her care. Then there's Graham. Has his own issues with his daughter, who thinks Accidentally Family is emotional, filled with hope/hate/pain, incredible characters, teenagers dealing with real life events and so much more!You will fall in love with this Pecan Valley Novel. Each character carries pain in their own way. Felicity..... Sight. I wish I was her! She's an incredible mom and puts her kids first, always. But has so much heartache and pain....but despite it all, she looks out for those in her care. Then there's Graham. Has his own issues with his daughter, who thinks he hates her and wants her to go away....I enjoyed the children so much! It was like living in an actual home-seeing/reading real-life like problems they are facing as an entire family. So very well written!! If you're looking for a sweet read- trust me, you need to grab this book. And I have to say, I hope there's more books in this series, because I'm not done reading/seeing about the secondary characters that I've come to love! 4 stars from me.Thank you to Entangled publishing in giving me an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • 2kasmom
    January 1, 1970
    Felicity has had many hits and they keep on coming. Her kids are her life. She lives in a town where her family gathers around them, but they are needy unto themselves. She wants to stop living in the past and move on.Graham knows he must learn to live in the now. It is hard when you have a child who cannot seem to forigve you your foibles. With this new attraction to an old friend, can he discover what it means to make a new family?This story had some great characters. My issue with this book w Felicity has had many hits and they keep on coming. Her kids are her life. She lives in a town where her family gathers around them, but they are needy unto themselves. She wants to stop living in the past and move on.Graham knows he must learn to live in the now. It is hard when you have a child who cannot seem to forigve you your foibles. With this new attraction to an old friend, can he discover what it means to make a new family?This story had some great characters. My issue with this book was that they were all presernt and accounted for. The whole town, all the famlies, and it felt more than full it felt like a bucket overflowing. The story itself moved at a fast pace. It was just a struggle to keep up where maybe some of the storylines would have been best in their own book. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Veronica of V's Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis is not really a romance, more a family drama with some romantic elements. Felicity Buchanan is a newly-divorced mother of two who lives in Pecan Valley, Texas. She'd married her high school sweetheart, Matt, and supported him through medical school. And about three years ago Matt started having an affair with a pretty, young drug rep. He left his family to move in with his then-pregnant fiance Amber. Felicity and their kids, Honor and Nick, were blindsided and devastated. Matt has 4.5 StarsThis is not really a romance, more a family drama with some romantic elements. Felicity Buchanan is a newly-divorced mother of two who lives in Pecan Valley, Texas. She'd married her high school sweetheart, Matt, and supported him through medical school. And about three years ago Matt started having an affair with a pretty, young drug rep. He left his family to move in with his then-pregnant fiance Amber. Felicity and their kids, Honor and Nick, were blindsided and devastated. Matt has moved to Austin with Amber and is raising young Jack; he's has mostly neglected his family, friends and colleagues left behind in Pecan Valley. Only Honor has maintained some limited contact with her father. In fact, the book opens with Felicity and Honor being disappointed that Matt didn't show up for Honor's high school graduation.And, that's when they get the call to turn up to the emergency room. Matt, Amber, and Jack were in a catastrophic car wreck. Amber is DOA, and Jack has a broken femur and is in a coma due to head trauma; Matt's on death's doorstep. His former practice partner and best friend, Dr. Graham Murphy was at the ER to manage a delivering patient when Matt was rushed in. Graham spent some time with Matt awaiting the arrival of Felicity and the kids, so he knows the story is grim. Before Matt gets wheeled into surgery he tells Felicity that he isn't going to make it, and he begs her to raise his love child. Felicity agrees, reluctantly. Her main focus was trying to clam Matt, and her intention is to find some relation of Amber's to find a permanent guardian. Graham is there to help Felicity when they find out that Matt didn't survive the surgery. Nick, furious with his dad's betrayal and lingering neglect, is a hot ball of rage when he learns his mother has agreed to care for baby Jack. It's a good thing, almost, that Jack is unconscious for a few days because it gives everyone time to cool down from the high drama. Felicity gets an inside peek at what Matt's life looked like with his replacement family, and it wasn't pretty. All signs point to him being quite unhappy--and that's not as satisfying now that she's saddled with Jack. Because, as it turns out, Amber was a foster kid with no family, and so Jack's next of kin, and legal guardian of record according to Matt's will is...Honor. And there ain't a hell cold enough for Felicity to allow her eighteen year old daughter to forego her college scholarship to care for her half-brother. So, that's that. Jack will be coming home to Felicity's re-vamped sewing room just as soon as he's released from the hospital. Add to this unexpected house guest, Felicity's younger sister Charity is back to help celebrate Honor's graduation. What no one yet knows is that world-touring travel guide Charity doesn't have a return flight back to Italy. And, she's homeless, jobless...and has bigger secrets she's sure her big sis will help her figure out. Graham has his own difficulty. His beloved wife Julia died of cancer maybe some years ago. He's been raising their daughter Diana alone ever since, and Di's a hot mess. Rebelling, sneaking out at night to drink and get high, she's just been kicked out of her elite private school. So, she'll be a sophomore at the public school where Nick will be a junior next year. That doesn't stop all the old widows in Pecan Valley from trying to set Graham up with the assistant principal of that private school. That's small-town Texas life, I guess, all the matrons want to make sure folks are properly coupled-up. In fact, they want to see Felicity happily settled again, now that there's no chance of reconciliation with Matt. As I said, this is a family drama. The blurb tells us that Felicity and Graham will team up, and their rekindled friendship will lead to more. But, "it's complicated" is kind of the whole gist of the story. Felicity is a champ of a woman who takes her constant struggles in stride. She maintains the bravest face in the history of humanity and not only takes in Jack, but makes a home for him--one warmer and more loving than the one Jack was born to. Nick is as hot a mess as Diana, and these two team up on their own to create some havoc. Meanwhile, the earnest boy who's been dogging Honor's steps since freshman year English lit is not willing to leave for his Marines boot camp without trying everything he can to turn her head. I really enjoyed this story. It is lush in description and characterization. The hero and heroine are grounded humans with real issues. They have problems with problems. They try their best and get crapped on, and they try even harder. The kids have issues that make sense, and their actions may be destructive but they are also reasonable in context. I didn't hate anyone in the book, really, except Matt who was rendered somewhat sympathetic, in the end. And the choices that the characters make are all so real. The third-person point-of-view shifts between many narrators, but it's always clear who's talking and when. This level of clarity helped even bratty and manipulative Diana seem somewhat justified. There is a lot of comfort to go with all the hurt, especially following the funerals. Poor Felicity is overrun with casseroles, desserts and vittles she has no hope of consuming--so why not share it with Graham and Diana? Diana's in dire need of some women in her life, and the increased visits with Honor, Felicity and Charity do her a world of good. Even Nick is an unexpected help, with both Diana and Jack. Turns out Nick's uncanny resemblance to his despised father becomes the one touchstone confused and hurting Jack can find. There is a bit of romance and a VERY LITTLE bit of sexytimes. That said, we know that Graham and Felicity make a great and happy couple to help parent this cadre of kids in various stages of hurt and healing. I'm sure we will see another Pecan Valley novel, this time featuring Charity and the sexy but grieving sheriff who's always in the right place at the right time...
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Robyn Carr and RaeAnne Thayne are going to love Sasha Summers’ poignant, tender and captivating new novel, Accidentally Family. A brilliantly written tale of second chances and new beginnings, Accidentally Family is the perfect book to curl up with on a warm summer afternoon.The bottom had fallen out of Felicity’s world when her husband had announced that he was leaving her and walked out on their marriage and their two teenage children, Nick and Honor. Felicity had thought that she was Fans of Robyn Carr and RaeAnne Thayne are going to love Sasha Summers’ poignant, tender and captivating new novel, Accidentally Family. A brilliantly written tale of second chances and new beginnings, Accidentally Family is the perfect book to curl up with on a warm summer afternoon.The bottom had fallen out of Felicity’s world when her husband had announced that he was leaving her and walked out on their marriage and their two teenage children, Nick and Honor. Felicity had thought that she was going to be spending the rest of her life with the man she had sworn to love forever – until he had left her for a younger real estate agent who looked like she had just stepped off a catwalk. Felicity had tried her hardest to rebuild her life and not to be bitter or resentful – which wasn’t always easy. But with Honor graduating high school, it looks like the family have something to celebrate until they receive a phone call that changes all of their lives forever. With her ex and his new wife having died during a tragic accident, Felicity finds herself grieving not just the man she spent nearly two decades with, but the life that is now lost to her forever. With her kids off to college, Felicity never imagined she would be looking after a baby again – but with nobody to look after the orphaned half-brother of her two children, she suddenly finds herself with a baby boy to look after. Luckily, she has her extended family and her best friend, Graham to help her out during this trying and difficult time.Widowed Graham has his own problems to contend with. Having to juggle a busy medical career with raising his teenage daughter Diana single-handedly, Graham feels as if he is constantly chasing his own tail. Since his wife’s death, his relationship with his daughter has been strained to say the least, but his teenage daughter needs him and he will always be there for her, regardless of how many times she slams the door in his face. Graham can never forget the kindness Felicity had shown him and Diana in their hour of need and now that she has her hands full with a new baby, he is determined to be there for her and to be a shoulder to cry on and a willing hand whenever a crib needs building or a diaper changed. As the two begin to spend more and more time together, the love and respect they’ve always had for one another solidifies. Dare Felicity and Graham take a leap of faith and a chance into the unknown and try to see where this relationship takes them? Or will they let their insecurities and fears cost them this unexpected chance at happiness?Sasha Summers will steal your heart with Accidentally Family, a tender, witty and compelling tale of hope and healing that is full of warmth and heart. Accidentally Family tugs at the heartstrings and will keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with Felicity and Graham and their journey to a happy ever after.Dramatic, uplifting, witty and emotional, Accidentally Family is my first Sasha Summers book, but it certainly won’t be my last!
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsA beautifully written story full of emotion that touches the heart. Sasha Summers has written a story that weaves together a tale of grief, loss, anger, hope, and love, and how the bonds of family can be tested but hold true through it all.Felicity and Graham were both strong characters. It was easy to relate to both of them as they tried to be strong and do the right thing for their kids, but also were faced with their own emotions as they began to realize that their hearts wanted each 4.5 StarsA beautifully written story full of emotion that touches the heart. Sasha Summers has written a story that weaves together a tale of grief, loss, anger, hope, and love, and how the bonds of family can be tested but hold true through it all.Felicity and Graham were both strong characters. It was easy to relate to both of them as they tried to be strong and do the right thing for their kids, but also were faced with their own emotions as they began to realize that their hearts wanted each other. I especially felt for Graham as he dealt with his daughter - they have been through so much and neither of them have dealt with their trauma well. It was clear that Felicity has not had to deal with the same things Graham has had to, and she appears to be a super-mom, but…I loved the way she dealt with her kids as their stable world gets turned upside down - and also that it showed she wasn’t always the super-mom that she showed to the world, that she had feelings that extended beyond her children and that she was learning that it was ok to not be ok sometimes.Although this is Felicity and Graham’s story, this book is so much more. The other storylines added so much dimension to the book and helped define who both Felicity and Graham were as individuals, to their families and friends, and to each other. I enjoyed getting to know the kids and watching the first love bloom between Honor and Owen, seeing Nick struggle as he dealt with his father’s betrayal, and watching Diana’s rebellion were great stories on their own, but I loved how they were interwoven with one another, showcasing the family ties that they all have. I just loved Felicity’s sister Charity, who has her own challenges she is facing - and I can’t wait to see how her story plays out.This book had multiple points of view which sounds overwhelming but actually helped with understanding the characters and the relationships they had. There was a lot going on in this book and I did find there were a few minor things that felt forced or maybe just needed a little more discovery to understand. Honor and Owen were wonderful together, but I never fully understood her reluctance to get involved with him and felt there was more of a story there. I also felt there was so much more story surrounding Felicity’s ex-husband, his mistress, and their baby. The video from the nanny-cam was kind of left hanging and I wished there was just a bit more closure to that relationship. Not major issues, just a couple things I wanted to know more about - and maybe some of the answers will be discovered in future books!Sasha Summers has crafted a realistic, emotional, heart-felt book that will bring all the feels. What starts off as a tragedy turns in to a love story that conveys hope and highlights the bonds of family and definitely belongs on any bookshelf!I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley of this book.
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  • Luisa Rivas
    January 1, 1970
    A charming, slightly angsty story about a tragic loss and how a family deals with the aftermath. I loved that there are several plot lines and the author did a great job in working them all together seamlessly. I also loved that it’s not just a romance but a story about how a family deals with a loss, keeps together in spite of tempers and teenage angst, and how a couple who haven’t had contact for some time find each other and find comfort and a support that leads them to love.Filly’s husband M A charming, slightly angsty story about a tragic loss and how a family deals with the aftermath. I loved that there are several plot lines and the author did a great job in working them all together seamlessly. I also loved that it’s not just a romance but a story about how a family deals with a loss, keeps together in spite of tempers and teenage angst, and how a couple who haven’t had contact for some time find each other and find comfort and a support that leads them to love.Filly’s husband Matt left her for another woman. In his immense infatuation with this floozy, he left his wife of many years, abandoned his two children, broke up his medical office with his best friend, and moved away to the city to live with this woman. They then had a baby boy and meanwhile, he neglected the children he had with Filly. When this book starts, there’s a horrible accident, Filly is left with her husband’s baby to raise and then has to deal with the turmoil the aftermath of his loss caused. She has been a superb mom and her children have a strong base, but it still rocks them and they go through a rocky phase. It takes all Filly’s strength to withstand the loss, the heartbreak of her children, absorb her new responsibility and deal with the small town gossip mill. then the town’s biddies start to match make and it gets interesting!Graham Murphy has also gone through his own tragedy. He lost his wife to cancer, and for a while he lost his way and neglected his teenage daughter. She went off the rails and now he’s trying to make amends with no success. Diana is a hot mess and she’s not helping her father deal with their loss. When she meets up with Filly and her children again, she latches on to Filly, finding in her the love she lost when her mother died. There is a rocky road, full of obstacles, but there’s a lot of love, a lot of good intentions, and a group of good kids who had their hissy fits but rally around to help their parents. There are secondary plot lines regarding Honor, Filly’s oldest, and a boy named Owen; another plot line with Filly’s sister Charity, who eats like there’s no tomorrow and guards a little secret . There’s the sheriff in town who seems to be sweet on Charity and I hope there’s a future story there. The book is about redemption, acceptance, overcoming life’s trials, family togetherness, and being generous in your love. It felt a little sad but good when I finished the book. It reminded me of the saying that when God closes a door, he opens a window. And there were a few doors opened in this one!
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  • Kathryn Linke
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars Just like people, life is messy and complicated which is why Accidentally Family is such a relatable read! It’s a story of family and friendship, love, loss, betrayal and new beginnings. Whilst at times heartbreaking, this title is also full of hope and quite heartbreaking. Accidentally Family is Graham and Felicity’s story, yet it feels like the prologue for several side characters as well. This title is told from multiple points of view. Graham and Felicity’s story will have you feel 4.5 Stars Just like people, life is messy and complicated which is why Accidentally Family is such a relatable read! It’s a story of family and friendship, love, loss, betrayal and new beginnings. Whilst at times heartbreaking, this title is also full of hope and quite heartbreaking. Accidentally Family is Graham and Felicity’s story, yet it feels like the prologue for several side characters as well. This title is told from multiple points of view. Graham and Felicity’s story will have you feeling a gamut of emotions, with laughter, tears, sadness and hope. This was my first time reading Sasha Summers work, but it will not be my last, I was captivated and intrigued by the inhabitants of Pecan Valley and cannot wait for more of their stories. For anyone who enjoys Robyn Carr, this title has a similar feel, that I highly recommend. Find my review here or follow me on BookBub
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Even though "Accidentally Family" by Sasha Summers had its share of sadness and drama, it was still sweet and funny at times, and I loved it. In some ways, it reminded me of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series or Emily March's Eternity Springs series because of the way it included the primary couple as well as some of their friends and family. I think this book is especially likely to appeal to fans of those types of ensemble stories, which have characters and plotlines that sometimes carry over Even though "Accidentally Family" by Sasha Summers had its share of sadness and drama, it was still sweet and funny at times, and I loved it. In some ways, it reminded me of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series or Emily March's Eternity Springs series because of the way it included the primary couple as well as some of their friends and family. I think this book is especially likely to appeal to fans of those types of ensemble stories, which have characters and plotlines that sometimes carry over from one book to the next, though I highly recommend it for all fans of contemporary romance because I enjoyed it so much.This book touches on a lot of big topics: first love, dealing with the death of a parent, teenage rebellion, dating after a divorce and/or the death of a spouse, and unexpected pregnancy, among others. There are a number of different characters and plotlines woven together, but the author does so very skillfully, and I really liked that so many characters were able to provide their perspective on the story's events. It's easy to see how this book could turn into a series set in Pecan Valley given the hints of potential future romances that were seen here.As for the central romance in this story between Dr. Graham Murphy and Felicity Otto-Buchanan, I found it very easy to root for them to find a way to be together. They were both very likeable characters, and had been shouldering too much responsibility on their own for too long. Each of them deserved a partner to share their burdens and appreciate how truly special they were. The way their kids and Felicity's sister Charity played matchmaker for them was very sweet and led to several of the story's lighter moments, such as when Graham and Felicity were dancing together at a block party and Charity and the kids watched and jokingly critiqued their technique.I hope that this is not the last we'll see of the inhabitants of Pecan Valley! I look forward to seeing what Sasha Summers writes next.*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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