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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Familiar Ties by Naya Nikki

Familiar Ties by Naya Nikki
Published By: InkSpell Publishing
Release Date: May 20, 2012
Format: Paperback - 250 pages / Kindle 370 KB / Nook 1 MB
ISBN: 0985011556
ASIN: B0084X4CU4
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit / Women's Fiction

About The Author:

Naya Nikki is a student author who spends her time writing short stories and novels in between doing and English with Creative Writing degree at Nottingham Trent University. When not at university she lives at home in London with her parents and spends time with her parents and friends. Her hobbies include reading and shopping.

Naya Nikki's Familiar Ties Virtual Book Tour Event Page On Tourz de Codex

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.

Virtual Book Tour Event: On Saturday, June 2, 2012, in association with Tourz de Codex, author Naya Nikki participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

Book Description:

Max West is a widower raising Phoebe, his four-year-old daughter. Phoebe has to live with the fact that the day she was born is also the day of her mother's death. As her fifth year without her mother approaches, Phoebe finds solace in her godmother, Amy Riley, and her daughter, Grace Crawford, another single parent family. 

Amy Riley is a successful fashion designer who spends most of her days raising her four-year-old daughter, Grace, while her wayward boyfriend is travelling the world making the next best film. As the fifth year without her best friend looms she finds comfort in her ex-boyfriend, Max, and his daughter, Phoebe.

These two "broken" families have a tough week to face as the dreaded day approaches. However through their past, present and debatable future will their choices affect the outcome both parents clearly want and are simply denying? Or will Phoebe and Grace lose the only "whole" family they have ever known?

My Book Review: 

Can seven days change the course of your life? For widower Max West it did ...

Max West is an author, widower and father to four year old Phoebe. His wife Anna had died in childbirth from complications, and since that time he had been a single father trying to raise his daughter the best he can. His best friend, Amy Riley, a fashion designer, and a single mother to four year old Grace, tries to deal with her absent actor boyfriend Jack. Both Max and Amy had leaned on each other over the years: she helped him through his grief; while he was the shoulder she needed every time her boyfriend left to chase his dream of being an actor; together they raised their little girls like a typical family. Max and Amy have a past history, they went out with each other in college, were best friends and yet he chose Anna to be his wife, leaving Amy brokenhearted, even though she remained best friends since childhood with Anna. What they don't realize is that they really have been in love with each other since their college days. It takes the seven days before the fifth anniversary of Anna's death and Phoebe's fifth birthday for them to realize that they are soul mates and are meant to be together ... will they finally admit it to themselves and to each other? Will two "broken" families become one?

Familiar Ties is a lovely story that will pull at your heartstrings. The author weaves a heartwarming tale of friendship, love and family. The storyline is well written and flows effortlessly, it draws the reader into Max and Amy's story, and you can't help but feel for them as their story unfolds. The story is set in the United Kingdom, and is narrated over a span of seven days in the present time with alternating point of view chapters between Max and Amy, and also includes flashbacks of earlier times in their lives. The characters are realistic and engaging, it is easy for the readers to embrace these warmhearted people, except for Amy's tardy boyfriend Jack, who I did not like at all. Best of all is the relationship between Phoebe and Grace, these two little charmers will keep you laughing and smiling, you can't help but fall in love with these two special little girls.

Familiar Ties is a beautifully written story that not only has a tender romantic side, but also talks about family dynamics and responsibilities; parenting; heartache; death, loss and grieving; and true friendship. Max and Amy's journey will have the reader feeling the gamut of emotions: it will make you smile, laugh, cry and sigh. This story is tissue worthy ... just wait until you read the ending, it is so worth it.

Familiar Ties is a debut novel for author Naya Nikki, and I think she has created a wonderful novel that everyone will enjoy. Kudos and best wishes on your writing career, I look forward to reading many more of your books in the future.


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