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Family Affair + The Bet

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Lacey Lancaster always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she just wants to lay low in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend . . . and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cle
ebook, 100 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Avon (first published January 1st 2011)
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Alice Bola
There was a time when I would have swallowed Family Affair whole. I would have loved the simplicity of the romance, the innocence of the characters. I absolutely loved how two people with seemingly nothing in common could come together. Through dislike, they find love. Through misunderstanding, they find acceptance and compromise. I loved a story where in the end, love conquers all. That was then. Now, well, I'm a bit more cynical. Don't get me wrong, I still believe that love conquers all, but ...more
Esta historia tenía posibilidades, la premisa sonaba muy bien, pero la ejecución ha estado muy floja.
El problema es que los personajes no están bien definidos, han sonado planos, unidimensionales… de Lacey sabemos un poco más ya que la historia está contada desde su punto de vista, pero de Jack no sabemos nada. Más que un personaje ha sido un adorno, demasiado perfecto, demasiado paciente…no me ha convencido.
Y la historia secundaria que protagoniza su hermana ha sido muy tonta, apresurada y tota
Starting over in a new apartment, new job, new city was the only way Lacey Lancaster felt she could survive her divorce. She was struggling with the loneliness of it so she got a Abyssinian purebred cat named Cleo. Possibly wanting to breed the cat, she waited, but when Cleo finally went into heat she found out that her neighbor Jack Walker had a cat also, named Dog. Leaving her door open to go ask Jack to be quiet so that she could make a call, Dog got into her apartment and now she had to find ...more
Jul 18, 2012 JoyAnne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is for The Bet written by Darlene Panzera who won a contest sponsored by Macomber. Her novella is included in Family Affair.

What a delightful story! I enjoyed every minute of it, a quick read full of chuckles, suspense, and romance. Jenny dropped out of medical school to take over the ranch when her father died in a fire. Late on payments the bank sets a deadline and she has no way of paying it.

At a local cafe there is a lot of betting taking place, bets were placed on which of the
Aug 04, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, short-story
I got pretty annoyed with this book almost immediately, but stuck with it because it was so short, so what did I have to lose except for one day of reading? Although acknowledging that this book was initially written in 1994, it doesn't change the biggest issue for me - in that Dog and Cleo were unaltered. Yes, without them there wouldn't have been kittens, but I see no reason why they couldn't have just genuinely liked each other to the point where they had to spend time together. The story cou ...more
Mariana Maiz
Jan 14, 2016 Mariana Maiz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Well, that didn't work. Nothing in this book is developed: characters, plot, anything. Everything is as simple as it gets and I think reading the summary is probably enough for you to understand everything that happens.
The story is too predictable to the point where I laughed because I couldn't believe it. Nothing major happens and the best characters are the kittens. But not even the kittens save this book, and I love kittens.
Anotações Literárias ❀Renata CR❀

2,5/3 estrelas

Está difícil dizer sobre esse livro, pois era desses que tinha tudo para ser fofinho e bonitinho, sem grandes pretensões, apenas para divertir. Bem, não é que ele não foi assim, mas também não foi tão assim...

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Jan 19, 2011 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rediscover the joy of #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's delightful tale of unexpected love, second chances, and a cat named Dog.
Lacey Lancaster has always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she decides it's time to lay low for a while in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.
Everything would be wonderful, except for her utterly impossible neighbor Jack Walker. When he's not arguin
Jenn O'Brien
A short little read, that will take a soft blanket, comfy curled up spot and about two (maybe three) cups of Lady Grey tea to read. If you are cat lover, then all the better to enjoy.

I went into the book, knowing what I was going to get, so I was not overly surprised when it served exactly that purpose.

I do have one bone to pick over the storytelling.

The lead character begins the book complaining about her job and how underpaid she is. The reader sees one scene in which she asks her boss for a
Mar 09, 2011 Maggie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was just okay, probably my favorite part was the cats. This is a reprint of a book that Debbie Macomber wrote back in 1994, it was taken out of print and now re-released as a hardback. I don't know much about the publishing world but I'm wondering, why? I didn't think this book was so good that it needed to be resurrected. Maybe made available as an ebook for the legion of Macomber fans but a hardback re-release? I dunno. It was short and it was sweet, but I wasn't engaged in the story ...more
Jan 29, 2011 LuAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A short, quick read at less than 100 pages, but the story was fun. Lacey Lancaster has survived a year since her divorce, a year without trusting men. But the cute guy next door has been trying everything to get her to go out with him. No way she would though since he has a girlfriend he keeps trying to get to move in with him. At least that's what Lacey thinks is happening. When Jack Walker's male cat takes advantage of Lacey's purebred female cat, it's time to let the romance begin.
Jeanine Lent
Feb 26, 2015 Jeanine Lent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes romance
Shelves: fiction-romance
This was a simple story, a quick read, perfect for a weekend. Lacey works in a decorating firm, & she feels she should be given a raise, but is too insecure to ask her boss for one. She is not the most assertive woman, & she gets very frustrated by this. Her best friend, Jeanne, tries to help her with this, as well as other things, such as romance. Lacey has a cat, Cleo, & her neighbor, Jack, also has a cat, who is, oddly enough, called Dog. The apartment walls are very thin, & L ...more
Bárbara Lorentz
O Amor Mora ao Lado é um romance bem curtinho. Uma história de paixão entre gatos. Uma história de amor entre humanos. Um livro rápido e fácil de ler, sem muitos aprofundamentos nos problemas que existem nele.

Lacey Lancaster, depois de se divorciar de um marido que a traía, se muda para São Francisco com sua gata, Cléo. Lá, ela tem que suportar seu vizinho, Jack Walker, brigando diariamente com a namorada, Sarah. Como a parede é bem fina entre os apartamentos, ela escuta sempre toda a discussão
Mar 18, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers! anyone who wants a quick, light, romance
This was a quick, fun little romance -- nothing too deep, but I wouldn't stoop so low as to call it flimsy, either. A little preposterous perhaps.

In her introduction to the book, the author says that she had been asked "several years ago" (whenever that was -- 'several years' before 2010) --about a cat, which became "Family Affair." The book," she says, "made a small blip in the publishing world and then was laid to rest in the out-of-print section of some computer database until now. . . " It
Andreia Silva
Lacey e Jack são vizinhos e têm em comum o facto de terem gatos. Jack está à meses a tentar convidar Lacey para uma saída mas ela dá-lhe sempre para trás por estar chamuscada por um casamento falhado que inclui uma traição.

Depois de um encontro às escondidas entre os dois animais e de uma gata grávida, Lacey rende-se aos encantos de Jack e entra num amor fofo, romântico e revigorante.

É um livro curto mas cheio de amor para dar ao leitor. Lê-se num ápice, porque as personagens são cativantes e p
Carolyn Sisko
Apr 01, 2014 Carolyn Sisko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just started reading this short novel today. It kept me interested. I liked the characters: Lacey, Jack, Sarah, Cleo (cat), & Dog (cat). Lacey has been divorced a year & still has no intention of dating. Her cat, Cleo, gets impregnated by Dog, Jack's cat. As neighbors, Lacey & Jack become closer into each other's lives with their cats' issue. It was so sad at the end, when both Lacey & Jack get job promotions and Jack's will take him away to Seattle.
Debbie Macomber is a great
May 18, 2011 JJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another reminder why I usually don't like short stories and books with animals as central characters. Awful.
Molly Cline
This was an 'okay' shorter novel by Ms Macomber. A sibling team where one was trying to show his sister the 'real' boyfriend but she didn't see until too late. And a neighbor that was recovering from a bad marriage. They all become good friends after their cats become friends first.

I wouldn't recommend this for a preteen reader. Although it doesn't have actual 'sex' scenes it does have talk of 'making out' and implying what will take place 'next'. It doesn't have any bad language (that I can re
Stephany G
A little too light and cheesy for me.
Anna Laitano
Só senti falta dos gatos

A história pretende narrar como após Cão "engravidar" Cléo os donos dos gatos, Jack e Lacey, respectivamente, passaram a conviver. Jack sempre tentara se aproximar da vizinha desde que ela se mudara para o prédio, após o divórcio, mas Lacey sempre se afastara por julgá-lo um mulherengo; afinal, ele achava mesmo que ela cairia em seus encantos, sendo que ela podia muito bem ouvir todas as brigas dele com a namorada, através da parede que dividiam? Homens eram todos iguais,
Jul 16, 2014 Micah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-shorts
Family Affair was pleasant, if a bit duller than Macomber's standard. I read the first chapter of Panzera's The Bet and couldn't bring myself to tolerate anymore, as the plot seemed positively ridiculous and neither the hero nor the heroine redeemable in any way.

I would normally criticize the former for being short and low on any sort of major development, but it was originally published in a short story anthology alongside several other works, so I think it's brevity can be forgiven. I liked Ja
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
And Verizon Internet crapped out just as I hit save on this review. It wasn't long but I still want to cry a little. I think I got everything back, if not the same wording. *sigh*

This was a short, saccharine little thing. Basically someone asked her to write a story with cats, and she came through. I am not even close to being a cat person, but that part of the story was minor and only served as a catalyst (*rimshot*) for our diffident couple to get closer to each other. I liked the infatuated n
Amy Jacobs
Dec 18, 2010 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was my first book by this author even though I had heard wonderful things about her books. While I enjoyed the characters of Lacey and Jack, I felt the story had some problems along the way.

Let me first start off by saying that this is a fairly short and quick read at only 99 pages. I was able to read and finish this book within an hour. Seeing how it is a short read, maybe the author intended it to be rushed and fast paced. I just couldn't see Lacey, who has just recently divorced, rush in
Oct 08, 2012 Dorine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Blue Ribbon Review courtesy of Romance Junkies.

If you're a cat lover then this reprint of Debbie Macomber's novella will entertain with the added bonus of a short ranching story by Darlene Panzera.

After her divorce, Lacey Lancaster leaves her cheating husband and the town they lived in as a couple behind. She starts over in San Francisco with a new job, a new place to live and a new roommate, a cat named Cleo. She doesn't want to date but her feline friend Cleo, a very amorous female, hooks
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Apesar de ser considerado um livro, mas ele é tão curtinho, quase um conto que acho que ele deveria estar na coluna POISON QUICKS onde faço um apanhado geral das informações - tanto de livro quanto do autor.

A narrativa da autora foi bacana, ela é bem fluida e isso ajudou e muito a apreciarmos a pequena e bela história contada por Debbie, até diria que tem uma pegada meio autoajuda, já que a história trata de uma coisa que todo mundo já viveu em algum
Jul 24, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lacey Lancaster's marriage ended in divorce, so she has decided that she will steer clear of men, and be content to live a quiet life alone, alone that is except for her cat Cleo, a beautiful Abyssinian that she had decided she will breed to earn some extra money.Her next door neighbor Jack has been trying to engage her in conversation for months, but she has steered clear. She thinks that he is a womanizer and feels sorry for his "girlfriend" Sarah because she always hears them arguing. When Ja ...more
Blablabla Aleatório
Depois de um primeiro casamento que terminou em divórcio, Lacey Lancaster se mudou para outra cidade e adotou uma gata, Cleo. Sua vida anda meio morna: o chefe não vê que ela faz praticamente tudo sozinha, e a maior emoção da semana é acompanhar as brigas de seu vizinho com a namorada.

Jack Walker, o vizinho briguento, também tem um gato, Cão. Um dia, Cleo e Cão decidem que o mundo precisa de mais gatinhos. E Lacey fica revoltada com Jack, dizendo que ele deveria ter mais controle sobre o seu ani
Notes: This is a novella (aka short story) with another short story by a different author included. This is not a full length story. Nothing on the book indicates this nor is it stated on Amazon. The only clue is a lower price.

Lacey Lancaster went through a devastating divorce a year ago. She never saw it coming, but then most woman who are utterly in love with their not yet known to be cheating husbands don't. Now living in San Francisco trying to rebuild her life alone, she finds herself annoy
Charline Ratcliff
Jul 07, 2014 Charline Ratcliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found “Family Affair” to be a cute story and at only one hundred and two pages (which includes the Homemade Treats for Your Cat recipe chapter) it was also a very quick read. One could almost read it completely through on a lunch hour and it would definitely provide a nice “pick me up” for anyone having a bad day.

The premise of “Family Affair” is this: Lacey Lancaster has just recently suffered through a painful divorce. Once the divorce has been finalized she uproots herself and moves to San

I decided to read this to relax from my stressful work...I've been reading Debbie Macomber since I was 15 years old, I've practically read everything she wrote - the entire Cedar Cove series, Navy Series, Dakota trilogy, 3 Brides etc.... "Family Affair" is a short yet sweet and entertaining work from Ms. Debbie, and as a true blue Debbie Macomber fan, I get all the Seattle references, the food and other stuff.

Although this story is not as good as her other masterpieces, it is still a quality re
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