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Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her. With that phone call, he jeopardizes the one good thing he has his relationship with Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her. With that phone call, he jeopardizes the one good thing he has his relationship with Michael and also threatens the world of the fundamentalist Christian grandparents who love Brady and see her as payback from God for the alcohol-related death of her mother. Unable to reach an agreement, the two parties hire lawyers who have agendas far beyond the interests of the families and Brady is initially trusted into Richard and Michael s care. But when the judge learns that the young girl was present when a questionable act took place while in their custody, she returns Brady to her grandparents. Ultimately, it s not until further tragedy strikes that both families are finally motivated to actually act in the best interests of the child. "


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Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her. With that phone call, he jeopardizes the one good thing he has his relationship with Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her. With that phone call, he jeopardizes the one good thing he has his relationship with Michael and also threatens the world of the fundamentalist Christian grandparents who love Brady and see her as payback from God for the alcohol-related death of her mother. Unable to reach an agreement, the two parties hire lawyers who have agendas far beyond the interests of the families and Brady is initially trusted into Richard and Michael s care. But when the judge learns that the young girl was present when a questionable act took place while in their custody, she returns Brady to her grandparents. Ultimately, it s not until further tragedy strikes that both families are finally motivated to actually act in the best interests of the child. "

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Roesel

    "My grandparents love me in their own way. But I feel important here. My grandparents always took good care of me, but it's different - better - here somehow. I feel like my dad and Michael understand me more. They love me." AMERICAN FAMILY, 10-year old Brady The face of the "all-American family" is changing and nowhere is it more evident than in Catherine Marshall-Smith's novel, AMERICAN FAMILY (SheWritesPress).  Her novel, part of BookSparks' summer reading challenge, tackles gay relationships, "My grandparents love me in their own way. But I feel important here. My grandparents always took good care of me, but it's different - better - here somehow. I feel like my dad and Michael understand me more. They love me." AMERICAN FAMILY, 10-year old Brady The face of the "all-American family" is changing and nowhere is it more evident than in Catherine Marshall-Smith's novel, AMERICAN FAMILY (SheWritesPress).  Her novel, part of BookSparks' summer reading challenge, tackles gay relationships, alcoholism, drugs, grandparent rights, father rights, sobriety ... I'm sure I'm leaving something out. AMERICAN FAMILY is an important novel for our times. Richard and Michael are both three months sober and moving in together, when Richard feels a strong desire to contact his ten year-old daughter, Brady who he's never met. Brady has been living with her grandparents, since her mother died from alcoholism, after Richard abandoned them. Richard suddenly decides to make a call to Brady's grandparents, which puts numerous situations in motion. Michael questions his relationship with Richard, since he didn't discuss the call first and Brady's fundamentalist grandparents are intent on fighting any long-term connection. Both hire lawyers and much like in real life, these attorneys have their own agendas, over their clients. Brady is at first trusted into Richard and Michael's care, while a social worker does a home study. Brady's grandparents seek advice on how to keep Brady from her dad, based on Richard's lifestyle. Eventually a hearing date is set before a judge to decide who will have custody of Brady and ultimately, both families are finally motivated to actually act in the “best interests of the child.” Catherine's prose is smooth. She creates well-developed characters that are multi-dimensional. She also includes a great deal of well-written dialogue, which keeps the pace of the story moving along. It's obvious she has spent a great deal of time researching family court and parental/grandparent's custody rights. I really enjoyed AMERICAN FAMILY, but it was a tough read for me, because I really identify with Brady. I appreciate how Catherine creates a situation, exploring how familial decisions have changed with modern times. *****     Having personally been involved in something similar as a child, I can express from my very clear memories, that the concept of the "best interests of the child" is rarely reached. It's a nice idea, or goal. As a child, it's simply heartbreaking to watch parties fight over you, especially when they haven't asked you what you want. I'd like to suggest that adults ask their children what's best for them. Children are brighter than we give them credit for.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book started off a bit slow, but once it got going, I really liked the book and it's message! Richard & Michael are recovering alcoholics, 3 years sober, who have just moved in together. Richard has a daughter he's never seen. He left her mother while she was pregnant as he could no longer pretend he was not gay. The mother was killed and his daughter, Brady, now ten, has lived with her maternal grandparents. At a place in his life where he is sober and stable, Richard reaches out to get This book started off a bit slow, but once it got going, I really liked the book and it's message! Richard & Michael are recovering alcoholics, 3 years sober, who have just moved in together. Richard has a daughter he's never seen. He left her mother while she was pregnant as he could no longer pretend he was not gay. The mother was killed and his daughter, Brady, now ten, has lived with her maternal grandparents. At a place in his life where he is sober and stable, Richard reaches out to get to know Brady. Brady is interested, the grandparents are not. He is granted a visit, things happen, and a custody battle begins. We see the ups and downs and the effect this has on everyone involved. Brady is quite a kid! I found myself cheering for her throughout the book. Thank you to Netgalley & She Writes Press for providing me with an ARC of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    FirstLine Moving in with Michael should have been perfect. REVIEW: No family is perfect. No love is perfect. This is a story of family dysfunction and the road to recovery and self exploration. It is heartbreaking and hopeful. A book not to be missed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lovingbooks1

    *A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.* Richard and Michael are two men who is recovering alcoholics. They are now in a stable relationship with each other. When they try to get in contact with Richard's daughter who he haven't seen ever, the events and challenges is lining up. This was a great book, and I loved that even if it was very realistic it had a fairytale ending. Richard and Michael was portrayed very realistic with flaws *A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.* Richard and Michael are two men who is recovering alcoholics. They are now in a stable relationship with each other. When they try to get in contact with Richard's daughter who he haven't seen ever, the events and challenges is lining up. This was a great book, and I loved that even if it was very realistic it had a fairytale ending. Richard and Michael was portrayed very realistic with flaws and insecurities like every person has more or less of. The character I liked the least in the beginning was Michael because I thought he seemed a little arrogant, and had some challenges in understanding where Richard's need to see his daughter came from. But after a while I could see that Richard was impulsive and a little selfish at times. However I thought they both made progress to work out their differences and find a middle way. In some ways I find this book to also describe how your life changes when a child enters the picture. And that's something every parent can recognise. I felt really sorry for Brady because she was in the middle of everything and obviously had some problems fitting in at school already before her father entered the picture. I liked the writing style because it was straight forward and easy to read. The characters was very well written. The book had a warmth to it. I thought the storyline was good and after half of the book was read I could not put it down. A very well written book about the challenges and prejudice people are met with when they don't "fit the right form"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vnunez-Ms_luv2read

    Richard and Michael are in a relationship and have just moved in together. All should be good, but something heavy is on Richard's heart. His daughter, Brady from a one time relationship. Brady lives with her deceased mothers' parents who are older. Richard makes one phone call that sets this storyline in motion. We get to journey with the main characters when Richard wants company. It is an absorbing look at child custody case with 2 gay males wanting custody. This book is realistic but sweet Richard and Michael are in a relationship and have just moved in together. All should be good, but something heavy is on Richard's heart. His daughter, Brady from a one time relationship. Brady lives with her deceased mothers' parents who are older. Richard makes one phone call that sets this storyline in motion. We get to journey with the main characters when Richard wants company. It is an absorbing look at child custody case with 2 gay males wanting custody. This book is realistic but sweet at the same time. I started this book and could not put it down. I will recommend this book to quite a few readers that I know. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review of this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    DNF at 40% I really wanted to like this one and was looking forward to it after a succession of crime novels but I just couldn't get into it.. The character of Michael I found controlling and overbearing, Richard was spineless and Brady was a spoilt brat! The grandparents were bigoted idiots. In other words none of the characters were appealing or likeable in any way. Shame as I think it brings up some important issues when it comes to gay parents, but as a novel it just didn't work for me at all

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