Saturday, January 08, 2011

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber

The cover of this little novella is the most attractive part of Debbie Macomber's Family Affair.  Originally written in 1994 as a request to write a story about a cat, this book actually shouldn't have been republished.  Although I normally love Macomber's books, this one doesn't do much for her reputation. 

Lacey Lancaster is still unhappy and insecure a year after her divorce from the husband who cheated on her.  Although her friend, Jeanne, is pushing her to ask for a raise at the decorating business where she works, she lacks confidence in herself.  But, when her cat, Cleo, mates with the neighbor's cat, Dog, and becomes pregnant, Lacey doesn't hesitate to tell her attractive neighbor, Jack, she expects him to take some of the responsibility for the kittens.  Since Jack has been trying to get to know Lacey for quite a while, he readily agrees.  But, Lacey sees Jack as just another two-timing man like her ex.

Unfortunately, this early effort from Macomber reads like an early effort.  Jack is not well-developed, and Lacey comes across as a wimp, or, as she refers to herself, as a "worm." As I said, I'm normally a fan of Debbie Macomber's books.  I'd recommend skipping this one.

Debbie Macomber's website is http://www.debbiemacomber.com/

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber.  HarperCollins, ©1994, 2011. ISBN 9780061997129 (hardcover), 122p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me this book, in hopes I would review it.



9 comments:

Ingrid King said...

That's disappointing - I got excited about this one when I saw the cover. I've found that Debbie Macomber is hit or miss for me even with her more recent books. I really like some of them, and yet, others are painful to get through. It's almost like they're not even written by the same author.

Lesa said...

And, as short as this is, Ingrid, it's one of those disappointing ones that doesn't feel as if it's written by her. It certainly reads as if it was an early effort. I don't think they should have brought it back.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I remember getting this book and being disappointed, unfortunately. I'm a fan of Macomber, but I know that it's hard to get quality-control on books when you write a lot of them...and she's pretty prolific.

Lesa said...

You're right, Elizabeth. I'm a big fan of Macomber's as well, and I usually enjoy her books. But, this one failed the family test. I told my mom I'm not passing it on.

Reading said...

I am a fan but I was really disappointed in the book I read of hers over Christmas. It was two books in one paperback, I thought they were new stories. The second story was a repackaging of the one I read last Christmas with a new first chapter. It really disappointed me.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Reading. It sounds as if some of the repackaged books might have been early books. We all know she's a terrific storyteller now, and early books might not be up to that standard.

Helon said...

I too am a Debbie Fan but I have been disappointed in some of her books lately. It is almost like we do not see anything really new, just a rehash of previous stories. Helon

Lesa said...

Helon,

I've heard that from more than a few people, including family members who said this one was disappointing, and a few of other recent books.

Portugal said...

Debbie Macomber's new book, "Family Affair" is an enjoyable, lighthearted, quick read. Here we have "Lacey Lancaster," the main character, recovering from a broken heart caused by an unfaithful husband. And, her exasperating neighbor," Jack Walker," who helps her face all the difficult emotions she had denied herself after the divorce. Over time, and with his help, Lacey regains her confidence and finds love again. Co-starring "Cleo," Lacey's Abyssinian cat; and, Jack's cat named "Dog" -- it's a heart-warming, solid, and well-written light read.