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Family Pieces

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What do you do when your once charmed life falls to pieces? Karsen Woods's life seems charmed from her handsome boyfriend to her picture-perfect midwestern roots. Away at college, even the necklace she wears serves as a constant connection home - a family tradition created when her grandfather handmade each immediate relative an interlinking charm. Each piece crafted in th...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published November 27th 2010 by Think Write Publications LLC (first published November 19th 2010)
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Misa Rush
Jul 14, 2011 Misa Rush rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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I wrote it so I have to like it...right? Hope everyone enjoys. I love hearing feedback, so please let me know what you think. Happy reading!
LAURA KAY A Novel Review
This is a story about two women whose lives are forever changed after an accident. Karson is a young college student who is excited to start her adult life. She is in love with her long time boyfriend, James and is already thinking about wedding dresses and setting up house. She is close to her family and lives on the same college campus as her older brother, Brad. Everything is going picture perfect in her life.

Addison runs a Magazine empire in New York City. She can have and do almost anything...more
Misa Rush's debut novel was an emotional journey through the life of two women that are so different, but tied together with an unknown bond. Dealing with love, both loss and discovery of, the characters in this book tugged at my heart as they tried to piece the past together. The determination of Karsen to discover the truth and the equal determination of Addison to not acknowledge the truth was gripping. The story of emotionally distant Addison was the more fascinating of the two women. She se...more
Samantha Janning
Karsen Woods seems to be having a great life. Away at college, she has the perfect boyfriend, a fabulous best friend, her brother nearby, and a loving family back home. But her life is shattered when she gets the phone call that her mother was in accident, and didn’t survive. Everything begins to fall to pieces after the funeral, and Karsen’s charmed life suddenly doesn’t seem so bright. To add to everything, there is a mystery surrounding her necklace-a family tradition created when her grandfa...more
Kristie (fabk)
This was a book I first saw on a GR giveaway that I didn't win. I loved the concept of everyone in the family having a puzzle piece that fit together and didn't really care what the rest of the story was about. Eventually I picked up for my Kindle. I don't think I paid more than $1 for it.

I was so pleasantly surprised by just how much this book hooked me and how much I enjoyed it. I wasn't expecting the storyline AT ALL. In some books it might feel like way too much is happening to the main char...more
What I found made this book stand out and make me want to read it, was the unusual premise. Rather than the usual chick-lit with brainless airheads and the addition of dogs, cats and goodness knows what else, This author chose to base her book on secrets and family dynamics. This book was fun to read, not too predictable, and in the end it left me with a happy feeling.

The secondary characters in this book were pretty good and although there were some unbelievable elements here and there, it is f...more
Wow these chick lits this year are really doing it for me!! this genre gets bad hype for being superfical and flaky and without much substance, but this book def. proves the hype wrong. This book was anything but superficial and flaky. It was so good, in fact I didn't want to put it down, and read it in 3 seperate sittings, all of which spanded at least 75 pages at a time. I loved this book, and cannot fathom where Samatha ( is finding all these truly amazing authors, but keep t...more
Meredith Schorr
At the beginning of Family Pieces, Karsen Woods is very excited and hopeful about her future. With a loving family, a loyal best friend and a handsome older boyfriend James, Karsen seems to have it all until one after another, things in Karsen's life begin to fall apart: from the death of her mother to the betrayal of James to a family puzzle she is determined to solve. Addison Reynolds, is a successful and beautiful magazine publisher in New York City who seems to have it all but she holds a se...more
Choices and secrets .... one woman's choice that she made as a teenager and kept as a secret until her death will bring two women together and change their lives forever.

Karsen Woods is a twenty-one year old woman who has lived a charmed life: she is in her junior year majoring in communications at Arizona State University; she is in love with James, her boyfriend of two years; and she has a close knit family that means everything to her.

Addison Reynolds is a thirty-nine year old CEO of Urbane,...more
What do you do when you when you find out there’s a hole in your family, and you’re not sure that it can be filled? As a family tradition started by her grandfather, each member of Karsen’s family has a puzzle piece charm. Each charm links to the rest of the pieces in the family. After the unexpected death of her mother, Karsen learns that these puzzle pieces don’t exactly fit together perfectly- a pieces is missing. Can that missing piece have anything to do with the secret revealed by magazine...more
This book was pretty good.
I thought the concept of the puzzle piece necklaces was pretty cool. Takes the concept of a friendship necklace to the next level...since they all fit together perfectly when matched up.

I also thought it was a neat idea to bring in a long lost sibling into the storyline. It's a concept that's not written about very often, and this author did a good enough job on it that even people who have never gone through it before were still drawn into the story and wanted to keep...more
Melissa Rochelle
For a local, debut author (that I think is self-published), this is a good start. However, I don't understand some of these reviews that say it isn't predictable. Other than (view spoiler), the story is laid out in the first few pages. The puzzle piece necklaces was a really cute idea, (view spoiler)

I didn't hate the book, but it wouldn't be some...more
Laurie Franco
This is one of those books you just don't want to end, and I'm REALLY hoping Ms. Rush has a sequel in the works. The story revolves around Karsen, a college student who loses her mother suddenly and tragically. When she and her brother Brad head home for the funeral, she unwittingly (and at first unknowingly), discovers that her mother had a past that she and her brother had no clue about. With lots of twists and turns, there seems to be a fairytale ending for all of the main characters involved...more
I purchased this book at the Concord Mall in Dunlap, IN. I met Misa there at her book signing. I read a lot of books and enjoy reading. I am almost finished reading this wonderful book. The story is well done! This book has everything going for it mistery, suspense, love, romance, sadness, and so much more. I have recommended this book to everyone I know. Well Done!
This book is so good! I love the true girlfriend friendships that are in this book. These friends go through great times, complete heartache and devastation, true honesty (which sometimes hurts), and triumph! We all need a BFF like that! Karsen and Addison are great, but you have to love Hanna and Emily!
Kathleen Kole
Really enjoyed this novel. Ms. Rush presents a compelling story about family, the many forms it can take, the secrets it can hold and, in the end, the love it always should have.

I'd recommend it to a friend!
This book was a great read! I loved how it had view points from other characters and how everyone's emotions were out there. The story was interesting and not entirely what I was expecting.
Really nice and warm story about family unity. I enjoyed the reading even with the twist and turns it took. I am glad I decided to take the chance.
Gina Ferrell
This was a freebie book I had, and enjoyed the book. Following along with two parts of the same story was interesting to me.
Sara Miller
Loved it! I keep hoping a sequel is in the works. Too many wonderful characters I would like to see where she takes them.
Dana Hirsch fredericks
Great read!!Misa's debut novel kept me rooting for both Karsen & Addison.
Sharon More
Very well done.... Keeps your attention right to the final page.
I did actually see the end coming. But it was still a good book.
loved it!!!! Easy read. Good twists!
Lisa K
There was a lot to love about this fresh, sweet story from debut novelist Misa Rush, and love it I did. While obviously chick lit, this novel really captured all of the best parts of the genre, happily ignoring the bits that often make me roll my eyes. None of that here, from the original premise of the family jigsaw pieces to to the heart wrenching twists and turns, I was flipping the pages and crossing my fingers for poor Karsen to finally have something go her way.

I loved the way the pieces...more
Rebecca Berto
Family Pieces is the type of book that makes you realise how much you appreciate your family and friends because life goes on only when you have that support.

Author, Misa Rush has told Family Pieces through a dual narrative — lead characters Addison and Karsen. Addison, almost 40, and Karsen, 21 both share equal parts of enjoyment, and I loved how their differences balanced each other out.

Addison, a workaholic, owner of Urbane, is straight-forward, yet as a reader I felt for the poor woman becau...more
Bristol Book Club came back on the mark with this puff pastry.

It seems like a puff pastry because it's so fluffy and insubstantial- not that this is a bad thing. It's just the type of book we needed to get back to our monthly commitment.

Family Pieces follows two journeys of two women on two different sides of the country. One is Karsen (by the way, that name is annoying) who is the idyllic college student with the perfect family, perfect boyfriend and perfect GPA. Of course, all that is about to...more
Karsen lives a charmed life – perfect parents, straight A grades at University in Arizona near her loving brother, and a handsome, hard-working boyfriend. But tragedy strikes when her dear mother is killed in a car accident and suddenly Karsen’s world is crumbling down around her. On the other side of the country, Addison is the head of the most popular magazine in America. She lives a glamorous New York lifestyle and keeps a very tightly run ship, letting nothing, especially not men, distract h...more
It took me a while to get through this book but not because it wasn't good, only because I had the paperback version so I had a hard time fitting in that reading time. I'm so used to the versatility of the Kindle app that I find it harder to fit in actual paperback books now! I finally decided to buckle down though and once I really dug in I was hooked and made the time to finish up. Misa Rush had a way of drawing me in where even though I could predict a lot of it I still wanted to read more so...more
I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review,
I really enjoyed reading Family Pieces, it was a very cute and light read. It's one of those books that just makes you smile, despite shedding a few tears as well. I really loved the plot of this story, I loved how the puzzle piece necklaces linked the family together and how there was a fun and mysterious twist on this not so unique story. This novel was turley a coming of age read.
I really enjoyed all of thes...more
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Misa Rush earned an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a BS from Eastern Michigan University. After building a successful insurance business, she decided to pursue her first novel. She resides in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband and two children where, depending on the time of day, she's either out developing her...more
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