Three women, three lives, and one chance to become a family … whether they want to or not.

WARNING: Author, Maddie Dawson’s new novel, SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS (Lake Union Publishing) may cause tears, the desire to hug everyone around you, uncontrollable laughter or all of the above.

Nina Popkin is searching for her birth mother. Newly orphaned, recently divorced, and wandering aimlessly, she’s spent her life looking into strangers’ faces, fantasizing they’re related to her. Now at thirty-five, she’s ready for some real answers.

The last thing Lindy McIntyre needs or wants is someone like Nina, bursting into her life, announcing they’re sisters and begging her to help hunt down their mother. She’s married to a successful man, has three children and a beautiful home. She’s busy with her lucrative salon, “A Little Piece of Heaven” and the occasional annoying anxiety attack.

Nina is determined to put her birth family back together. Her search for their mother at the Catholic adoption agency where they were left, turns up Phoebe Mullen, a former member of the 80’s band, Lulu & the Starbabies, a tough-talking broad convinced she has nothing to offer. Eventually they end up sharing stories and secrets, which add up to a messy, unpredictable family that’s nothing like Nina pictured. But that may be exactly what she needs. Nina, Lindy and Phoebe getting together turns into a love story proving that real family has nothing to do with DNA.

“All these years, and you are right now in the same location as your mother. Look at her! Would you have ever passed her on the street and known you belonged with her?”

Dawson’s effortless storytelling once again shines, as she fills the narrative with complex and relatable characters that you’ll remember long after you’ve read the last page.

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Maddie Dawson grew up in the South and was born into a family of outrageous storytellers. Today she lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband. She’s the bestselling author of four previous novels: The Opposite of MaybeThe Stuff That Never HappenedKissing Games of the World, and A Piece of Normal.

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing we have one copy of THE SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS to giveaway. Just tell us something you enjoy doing with your family. We’ll announce a winner Monday, November 7th.

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16 thoughts on “THE SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS by Maddie Dawson & Giveaway

  1. I live with my son and two grandchildren. I would love to say that we all love to play monopoly, but there are times that is not true at all. Once my granddaughter, who was 8 at the time, stayed up all night to beat her father (who always wins). It worked and I have never seen a child so proud. Her younger brother has finally quit crying every time he loses. It’s fun because it’s fun, not because people cry! 🙂

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  2. My children are adults; so, on special occasions, I will arrange a get-together to celebrate whatever is happening: birthdays, holidays, just because–one lives in the bay area, and we try to meet somewhere such as Crissy Fields to have a picnic lunch. We help take care of our grandson; so, when weather permits, my husband takes him to the park on the days he is home off work to help.

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  3. When the family gets together it is wonderful to enjoy the parks and playgrounds and have a picnic together since the little ones are so easy to please at this age.

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  4. We like to cook together on the weekends. Out of our three teens, one of our daughters is really taking to it. Hopefully the other two pick up some tips from us before they move out in a few years.

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  5. We like to have game night and eat snacks. 4 teens can be hard to get together with their busy schedules! Love the laughter and silliness!

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