Title: Family Connections
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: N. J. Nielsen
Thrown into circumstances beyond their imagining, Ray Connelly and Christopher ‘Viv’ Vivvens must step beyond their own lifestyles to survive the future. What started out with a small white lie and two men becomes more than either of them ever dreamed.
Ray and Viv learn that love isn’t always what they expect but in learning to deal with the road ahead, they realise change can be so worthwhile as they become a family in the greatest sense.
When an ex makes and appearance and tries to destroy their happily-ever-after, the guys need to find out if they have what it takes to beat the odds. With the help of family and friends, Ray and Viv fight their past demons to make their future even better than they ever thought possible.
Family Connections by author N.J Nielsen is the first book in the Connelly Chronicles series. This is an excellently written story about love, forgiveness, and most importantly family. It is the type of story that will grab you with the first page and keep you reading until the end. Family Connections is a nice long novel, over 400 pages, and I found myself staying up late into the night just to see what would happen. Even know as I write this review I find myself wanting to start the book over again.
Ray and Viv’s relationship does not start out in the normal manor, but the connection between them is strong. Watching them, and those around them, adjust to their changing relationship was fun to watch. While the main characters, Ray and Viv pull you in with their story, the book is filled with many wonderful secondary characters, all of whom play an important role in the story. This is one of the things that make this story a little different from the norm, as few books have secondary characters that are just as important to the story’s plot as the main characters. In fact it is secondary characters, Jamie and Teddy that really grabbed me. I loved these two, more than once they had me close to tears. I cannot wait to see what the author has planned for them.
Family Connections is the first book by the author I have read, but it will not be the last. If you are looking for something to sink your teeth into then I would strongly recommend that you give this book a chance. It is the type of story that stays with you long after you have finished it, and I will let you in on a little secret. After reading this story I went to the author’s website and from what she has posted, the second book, which is due out sometime in 2014, is sure to be a hum dinger.
Reviewed by: Lydia