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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Family Pieces by Misa Rush

Family Pieces by Misa Rush
Published By: Think Write Publications LLC
Release Date: November 19, 2010
Format: Paperback - 266 pages / Kindle - 851 KB / Nook - 318 KB
ISBN: 0615391583
Genre: Women's Fiction / Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance

About The Author:

Misa Rush graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters of Business Administration. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Gilbert, Arizona. Her debut novel, Family Pieces, was written between her two full-time jobs of owning a small business and being a mom.

BUY THE BOOK: Family Pieces

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review, and for hosting a virtual book event on my book review blog site.

Virtual Book Event: On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, author Misa Rush participated in a virtual book event with an Author Interview on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

Book Description: 

What do you do when your once charmed life falls to pieces?

Karsen Woods' life seems charmed from her hunkalicious boyfriend to her picture-perfect midwestern roots. Away at college, even the necklace she wears serves as a constant connection home - a family tradition created when her grandfather handmade each immediate relative an interlocking charm. Each piece crafted in the shape of a puzzle piece, each one interlinking perfectly together. But when the unexpected death of her mother turns her world upside down, she discovers there is a missing piece of her treasured family tradition and her life as she once knew it may never be the same.

Addison Reynolds resides in her posh Manhattan condominium and wraps her personal identity around running Urbane, the magazine empire built by her father. In a moment of haste, Addison divulges her deepest secret to her closet friend Emily - a secret she never intended to disclose.

Could one choice, one secret, bond two unlikely women forever?

My Book Review:

Choices and secrets .... one woman's choice that she made as a teenager and kept as a secret until her death will bring two women together and change their lives forever.

Karsen Woods is a twenty-one year old woman who has lived a charmed life: she is in her junior year majoring in communications at Arizona State University; she is in love with James, her boyfriend of two years; and she has a close knit family that means everything to her.

Addison Reynolds is a thirty-nine year old CEO of Urbane, a world renowned fashion magazine based in New York City. She too has lived a charmed life, but a deeply held secret keeps her from experiencing true love and happiness in her life. On the outside her world is a picture of success, but on the inside there is a piece missing.

A family tradition ... a puzzle piece charm necklace lovingly created by a man for each of his family members, each puzzle piece charm interlocks to fit together perfectly, will become a legacy that will be passed on from generation to generation ...

When tragedy strikes, one woman's choice, secret and legacy will intertwine Karsen and Addison's lives, forever bonded by a puzzle piece charm necklace.

Family Pieces is a poignant story of family, love, loss, friendship, heartache, second chances and redemption that will pull at your heartstrings. This captivating story is narrated in the third person, with alternating chapters intertwining Karsen and Addison's stories. The author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into Karsen and Addison's lives, pulling out all the emotional stops, it will have you laughing, crying, sighing, and hoping for the best as you turn the pages. This emotional story is all about life: family and friendships ... love, laughter, smiles and tears ... choices and secrets ... second chances and redemption ... and family is what matters the most.

The author has created a cast of realistic and down-to-earth characters that are easily to relate to. I really loved how the author provided the story with two very different women in Karsen and Addison, and intriguingly intertwined their lives in a way that engages the reader to follow along on their journey of discovery. I especially liked how the mystery of the puzzle piece charms linked their lives as well as the supporting characters together, it made it that much more of a compelling story. The interactions and dialogue between the characters were smooth and kept me thoroughly entertained. I really liked the love and support that was shown to Karsen and Addison by their family and friends: Brad (Karsen's big brother) is the ultimate protector, Hanna (Karsen's BFF) is supportive and fun, Emily (Addison's BFF) is a true blue forever friend, Adelaide (Emily's two-year-old daughter and Addison's goddaughter) is just too darn cute, and finally Russell (Addison's love interest) is a true gentleman and worthy of the status of a modern day Prince Charming.

Author Misa Rush has created a wonderful debut novel that tells a moving story about what matters most in life is the strong bonds of family relationships, and how precious it is to belong to one.


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