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Family Trust

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  837 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Becca Reinhart loves her life. Firmly planted on the Wall Street fast track to success, she has no desire to marry and raise a family. Ditto Edward Kirkland, a charming playboy who has never known what it means to work for a living --- and hopes never to find out. Enter Emily, who becomes Becca and Edward's common denominator when a quirk of fate gives them joint custody o ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Dutton Adult (first published 2003)
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Rebecca
Jun 25, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
This booked sparked my interest and I picked it up because it is from the same author as Legally Blond and while I have not read the book yet, I lovedlovedloved the movie. Yeah, I don't know what is wrong with this author and this book didn't make me want to read Legally Blond AT ALL. The execution was all wrong. The girl and the dude getting together in the end like totally came out of nowhere and made no sense. There was no build up at all. I think because maybe it was written in third person ...more
Joy
May 11, 2009 Joy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who enjoy an easy read with some romance
I really loved this book. I thought it was fun and an easy read. I loved the interaction between Rebecca and Edward. It seemed like a nice twist on people from different backgrounds coming together and not bickering. The little girl is obviously adorable and there is the tragedy that brought this "family" together which is almost swept under the rug, which might annoy some people.

A great summer book.
Emily
Jan 29, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
This book is about Becca Reinhart a Wall Street workaholic and Edward Kirkland a playboy who doesn't work more than running the family trust and attending charity functions. Becca and Edward are brought together when they are joinly named as guardian of Emily, the rambunctious 5 year old, daughter of old friends for each of them. Emily's parents never got married and each named a different guardian for Emily, so now the courts have to figure out who get's Emily. While they wait for the decision ...more
Tara
Jan 11, 2009 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
If I could give 2.5 stars, I would have. 3 is a little too much for this book. The story was horribly predictable and didn't have much imagination. It was rooted in unrealistic circumstance - two people so close to a child that they were both named guardian but never met? Did this kid not have birthday parties? The preschool application project was too long of a distraction, as was the engagement proceedings.

The editing on this book was awful. You have to assume a lot of actions have taken plac
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M.
Dec 26, 2013 M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't really say too many good things about this book. It got a good review in some magazine I read so I added it to my must read list but it did not live up to the hype. There was absolutely NO chemistry between Becca and Edward. I was more than halfway through the book and Becca never even gave him a second glance.

Needless to say, I would not recommend this book. It left too many things up in the air. I wanted more closure.
Kim
Jun 21, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got about halfway into this book and am not really motivated to read the rest. It was a good way to spend an afternoon by the pool with my child, but the story is taking way too long to develop and I disliked the main character from the first page. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking, "I could have written and edited something far more awesome than this..."
Mackenzie Dickson
May 02, 2010 Mackenzie Dickson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the only reason i didn't give this book 1 star is because i finished it, and i believe 1 star books should be the kind you couldn't bear to read.

terrible writing, terribly predictable, no character development.

don't bother reading it.
DeAnna
Mar 11, 2010 DeAnna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Technically, I did finish this book, but I shouldn't have. Unrealistic even for a romance, with a "hero" who could only be more passive if he were dead. The author kept stating all his supposed good qualities, but only showed him being wishy-washy and pushed around.
Kate  Maxwell
Sep 20, 2012 Kate Maxwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beach-read
WOW! First of all, I cannot believe I actually finished this book. I kept hoping it would get better, and it didn't. It was so incredibly unrealistic, shallow and farcical! I feel bad that I inflicted it on some unsuspecting person on the flight after me.
Amanda
Mar 16, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The plot behind this one seemed cute, but it moved really slow and was pretty boring...and kind of weird too. I would not recommend it as I think most people would find it a waste of several hours of their life.
Christina
Sep 25, 2015 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sonstige
Das Buch habe ich mal getauscht, weil es mich ein bisschen an den Film „So spielt das Leben“ mit Katherine Heigl und Josh Duhamel erinnerte. Leider, wirklich leider, gibt es nur EINE Gemeinsamkeit: zwei Singles werden Vormünder eines verwaisten Kindes.

Becca und Edward sind … sind … mir fehlen die Worte. Ihr könnt euch kaum vorstellen, wie langweilig dieses Buch ist.
Es beginnt in den ersten zwei Kapiteln damit, dass das typische Leben von sowohl Becca als auch Edward gezeigt wird. Becca, ganz Kar
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yoli
I want to love the protagonist for something other than her beauty, Ms. Brown. I think you’ve tried that one already, see her last novel Legally Blonde. You learn later that Becca is accomplished, super accomplished in an antithesis of Elle Woods-style accomplished. But male protagonist is not. He is rich, cultured, and utterly at ease doing nothing other than his social obligations that are resultant of the first two attributes. He’s the Elle Woods of the novel. And, of course, they fall in lov ...more
Kate
Jul 04, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
To describe this book in one word, it would be beige.

There was just nothing striking or amazing about it.

The story began describing the two main characters - Edward and Becca. Edward is a high society type who spends as much time as he can at the Racquet club and jet setting around the world. Becca is a work-a-holic laywer who is on the fast track.

After a tragic accident their lives are turned upside down when a judge grants them both joint custody of six year old Emily.

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I don't normally like
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Avrelia
I am slightly embarrassed, because I liked it. Anyway, I am not blind, and the book is far from perfect. The most glaring flaw – POV is jumping between characters sometimes several times in the same scene – which is very annoying, even if I wasn’t trained by now to pick it up. Occasionally I had to come back and read a sentence again to figure out whose POV it is now. You get the picture.
Then, the author occasionally goes overboard with descriptions and expositions, but I have to note, that it
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Cassablanca
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Rachel Brand
I was a big chick-lit fan when I was about thirteen (after I - thankfully - left my horror phase behind) and ate up every chick-lit novel which was in my local library or on my mum's shelves. One of these books was 'Legally Blonde,' which I still enjoy after all these years. So it was because of my soft-spot for that book that I picked up another of Amanda Brown's novels, despite having left my chick-lit phase behind years before 2007.

I didn't like the main characters to begin with; they both r
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Kiera Beddes
Genre: high powered career women, lifestyles of the rich and famous, unusual families
Summary: Becca is on the Wall Street fast track. Edward is old money playboy. They meet when their best friends name them co-guardians in the event of their demise. They come together to raise Emily, their precocious four year old. Together, they navigate the rocky shoals of Ivy-League preschools and jam-packed days full of lessons and playdates etc. Even though they are worlds apart, Becca and Eddie become to d
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Mikaela
I would have given this book four stars, but I didn't particularly enjoy the ending. I thought that it was left in the air a little bit and could have used an epilogue to show what happened to all the characters.

The story was interesting, and not ENTIRELY predictable, though there was a lot of "waffle" from the authour. At one point in the book, as an experiment, I skipped five or so pages, and ended up in exactly the same place that I left off.

The characters I loved, especially Emily (so CUTE
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Mary M
Mar 21, 2013 Mary M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I took this on vacation to have as a beach read and although it should have been a simple read, there are so many odd names and tidbits thrown at you that it takes a while to slog through. And I think the characters are needlessly uber-wealthy/successful. Would be much more interesting if these were average Joe and Jane thrown into the situation.

Still wondering at what I think was a dropped story branch where a note was made that Emily's parents didn't marry for some reason related to her fathe
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Alethea
Dec 22, 2010 Alethea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
An enjoyable, quick and somewhat predictable member of the chick-lit genre, Family Trust throws workaholic Becca in with happy-go-lucky, trust-fund son Edward, to become co-guardians of four year old Emily after the tragic death of her parents. Includes a scathing, satire on the parents of upwardly mobile toddlers as Manhattan parents fight to get their tots into the best of the private preschools as well as a more typical romance for an overall fun read (though I wished the ending had been just ...more
Jessica
Nov 20, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
After the first few chapters, I was skeptical of this book. The main characters seemed like a snobby rich boy and a workaholic girl. I almost gave up on it. Then little Emily entered the picture. The little girl changes their lives, bringing them together. Watching them transform into responsible, loving parents made you fall in love with Becca and Edward. And I really hated the "evil witch" Bunny. This story reminded me of the movie "Life As We Know It" with Katherine Heigl.
Steph
Jul 31, 2009 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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guiltlessreader
Funny quick-paced chick lit ... I actually think I should read Legally Blonde for the heck of it!

Though I do find the idea unbelievable - that of a single career-driven woman so easily making the shift to full-time-mother so easily, and without losing her temper either! And the child seems too good to be true. Ahh well, escapism at its best! :)
Allison
Two single, crazy busy New Yorkers suddendly find themselves the joint guardians of a young girl whose parents just died. The new guardians, both best friends of the young girls parents, do not know each other, and are suddenly rearranging their corporate schedules to include baby ballet and other preschool musts for the affluent NYC society. Cute story, funny, but nothing serious.
Heidi
Oct 15, 2008 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story line of this book but got lost in all the talk about designers and life styles of the rich and famous. The book had a heart warming story I just wish it had more of the relationships and less about cloths and stuff rich people do.

I also found that the book dragged for the first 3/4 and the last 1/4 missed too much info.
Emily
Jan 01, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I believe the author has never traveled to Hong Kong herself, what a shame...because she had Japanese and Chinese cultures mixed up. Kimono, is the traditional Japanese costume, not Chinese. Chi-Pao (Qi Pao) is the name for traditional Chinese costumes. If she wished to put kimonos into the book, have Becca and Emily travel to Tokyo already!
Kristine
A cross between the '80s movie Baby Boom (with Diane Keaton as an exec who inherits a toddler & moves to Vermont) and the book The Ivy Chronicles. The characters are totally unlikeable in their introductory chapters, but once the book gets going they grow on you. The ending is a bit predictable, but the author keeps you interested wondering just *how* she is going to get there.
Shelley
I read this book in about 4 hours one Saturday, so I guess that means I enjoyed it. It was a quick read, but I also really liked the story. I chose it because it was written by the author of Legally Blond, and though I haven't read that book, I really like the movie. After the last book I read, which I hated, I really needed a book I could really get into.. this book was that.
Christine
Jul 17, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becca, a high powered businesswoman, suddenly gains custody of a 4-year-old girl when her college friend and husband die. Edward, an ultra rich New Yorker, also gains custody of the girl when his high school and college friend and wife die. Edward almost marries the evil conniving Bunny, but realizes he loves Becca, whom he just met while co-parenting the little girl. Cute story.
DJ =^^=
Ms.Brown needs to quit her day-job. Legally Blonde was awful and this book is equally bad. The only claim to fame that Ms.Brown has is that Legally Blonde became a success as a movie-thanks to Reese Witherspoon. Unfortunately, she can't boast the same success for her books.
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Born to parents who were both successful lawyers, Amanda graduated from Arizona State University in 1993. She then proceeded to study at Stanford Law School, where she compiled funny letters and stories based on her experiences into a first manuscript that would become Legally Blonde.
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