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Something Like Family

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,219 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Abandoned by his mother when he was young, twenty-two-year-old Rave Wayne knows all about loss. That doesn’t mean he’s used to it. After he’s dumped by the girlfriend he assumed he’d spend his life with, Rave is longing more than ever to connect.

Then, as if by miracle, he receives an invitation from his grandfather, a man he thought was long gone, to come for a visit to ru
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Cindy Burnett
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heather Burch’s last book, In the Light of the Garden, was a joy to read, and I was very excited to read her new novel. Something Like Family did not disappoint. The book is about second chances, learning to forgive others, and creating your own “family”. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Rave and Tuck and watching them learn from each other. Something Like Family will pull at your heart strings and stay with you long after you finish it. I received an advance review copy of this book f ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

What a beautiful, moving story this was! I fell head over heels in love with the characters and the gorgeous setting of small town Tennessee and was quite emotional when I was finished reading and it was time to say goodbye, Rave and Tuck stole a little piece of my heart.

While this book had a really great storyline what made it special for me was the characterization. Rave and Tuck were very well crafted and Burch really made them come to life. Rave is a young man who’s entire life has bee
Susan Peterson
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something Like Family is a stirring book about second chances and forgiveness...a book that will tug on your heartstrings and involve all of your emotions. The story is filled with joys and sorrows, families drifting apart and finding their way back home. At the center of the story is Rave, a young man down on his luck, having been abandoned by his mother when he was a teenager. When Rave discovers that he has a grandfather, a man he thought was dead, he's reluctant to open his heart to disappoi ...more
Christine Moore
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I truly loved this book. It is a beautifully written story of love, love of family, past mistakes, forgiveness, and redemption. Rave has had a very hard life. His mom Sharon is a drug addict who just up and leaves him when he is 17. His grandfather Tuck hires a PI to find him and Rave goes to meet Tuck. Tuck served in the Vietnam War and holds a memorial twice a month for his fallen soldiers. Tuck reminds us to always remember our fallen soldiers. Rave starts a new life with Tuck. Both Tuck and ...more
Christine Nolfi
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing and genuine, Something Like Family pays tribute to the bonds of love we often fray, but always hold dear. The uplifting story of Rave and Tuck will leave an indelible mark on your heart.
Camille Maio
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a heartwarming book! I read this one in three days. It had it all - love, drama, but most especially, the enduring power of family - and not always family the way we define it. I look forward to reading more from this author! I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.
Wanda Maldonado
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A few days ago I finished reading the ARC of Something Like Family by Heather Burch. I cannot stop thinking about the book. It is sweet and tender. It is about love, trust, family, second chances and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the people we love the most. The title reflects what a real family should be no matter the circumstances. If you really want to read a book about real family love. This is the one! Congratulations, Heather Burch. You really touched my heart with this book!
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, gtgr-ninja
(4.5) This is such a beautiful and touching story about family, love, and the power of forgiveness. I loved the characters in the book, mostly Rave and Tuck, grandson and grandfather. The relationship that developed between these two really was so very moving. This is a book you will not be able to put down once you begin reading. Very well written and so emotional that I had to grab a tissue a few times. Something Life Family is one not to be missed.

I received an advance review copy of this boo
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grandson, Rave, was shocked to discover his grandfather, Tuck, was alive. Why did his mother, Sharon, tell him his grandparents were dead? Will Rave be able to forgive his drug-addicted mother for lying to him ... and for abandoning him when he was a teenager? Why didn't she at least deliver him to his grandfather before disappearing?

Find out in this sweet story about love, overcoming life's challenges, second chances, hope, and forgiveness. The parts about honoring our fallen soldiers was espec
Judy Jacobs
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been, and I hope it continues to be, a wonderful journey watching Ms. Burch mature as an author. While I have enjoyed all of her books, Something Like Family stands out as her best written book so far. The author weaves her plot, characters, and settings as integral to one another. She has a gift of of making the setting as much of a character as the characters themselves. I
And,oh, how she develops each character, and makes them "Something Like Family" to the reader. It's almost like watc
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wiped away the tears this morning as I finished my first book by Ms. Burch. Why was she not on my radar before now? She has such a wonderful way of writing characters that are just so normal with all their flaws and everything. I saw so many people I knew in her writing of these characters. Grandfather Tuck, Vietnam vet and widower, Rave, Tuck's wounded yet resilient grandson, Becca a down-to-earth local girl with a big heart, and Sharon, Tuck's daughter and Rave's mother, a recovering addict. ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book with heart, truth and sadness mixed in.

My favorite quote- "Love is always enough. It is the mortar that holds life together."
This is a beautiful novel about a family finding each other after 20 years.
They must trust each other again, to love and help one another as they move forward together.
I adored this touching book. * You will need tissues.*

Thank you to Heather Burch and netgalley for allowing me to read and provide and honest review of this wonderful novel. I continue to think a
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book!
a beautiful story of love, family, forgiveness, and second chances!!!
The story is filled with lots of joy, heart breaks, family losing their way but able to find their way home again! it definitely erupts a lot of emotions within you and it will absolutely melt your heart!!!
The characters are amazing! and they will forever carry a special place in my heart!!
The writing is being amazing.. you're completely captivated by the story .. by the characters .. that you're blind
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was able through NetGalley to request a review copy of Something Like Family, a soon to be released novel by Heather Burch. Burch is one of my favorite contemporary authors because she writes truly beautiful stories about love, forgiveness, and grace. In this book we’re introduced to one of the most loveable characters I’ve come across in a book – Rave Wayne. Rave is a twenty-two year old man who really has had the worst possible things happen to him and yet he has the best heart. At one point ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first Heather Burch book, but it won't be my last. This is a great book about second chances. Rave hasn't had the best life. His mother did her best bringing him up, but she was addicted to drugs and eventually left him on his own when he was seventeen. Rave hasn't forgiven her for that. He has no clue if she is even alive anymore. Tuck is finally ready to find his grandson, Rave. Rave eventually moves in with Tuck. They form a nice bond. Rave falls in love with a nice girl, Becca. Th ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Family can be found when and where you least expect it.

Heather Burch is an author that writes with such passion and compassion. She invites you in on a journey walking with and learning about the characters as you grow to understand and love them. Something Like Family deals with pertinent issues, such as: drug addiction, forgiveness, second chances, multi generational gaps, veteran remembrance and of course the bond of family. This story is filled with emotional highs and lows. You will laugh
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Prior to reading this novel,I was very intrigued with the synopsis. However,this book fell victim to weak consistency,that determined the overall rating of this book. While the characterization was good,I find myself skimming way too many pages. It had way too many loopholes,I was trying piece the broken pieces,but it went nowhere.

It could have been much better,but I call them like I see them. On the plus side,I do plan on reading more novels by Heather Burch,but this failed to interest me all t
Melissa Henderson
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story that touches the heart. Tears flowed while reading this one. Forgiveness and love are found as the characters deal with their own unique circumstances. They are brought together through family bonds, friendship bonds, health issues and more. Family is found in many different ways. The reference to rocking chairs will always stay with me. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my personal honest opinion of the story.
Barbara White
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully comforting story about second chances for a family broken by addiction, estrangement, and tragedy. I loved the characters and their journeys. Tissues are a must, but this is a feel-good read filled with hope.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
"Something Like Family" by Heather Burch

"Because life's true value lies in souls, not in things. And the best memorial a man can leave behind is one of flesh and blood."

What a moving and heartwarming novel of a young man coming of age, of an older man moving past his grief, and the individuals that intertwine and intersect between these two men: grandson and grandfather.

They both have traveled a road filled with tough times they have had to overcome and adversity many never face, but came out
Cindy Roesel
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
""You know the worst part of growing old?" Rave shook his head and didn't look up. "Living with regret."" 
SOMETHING LIKE FAMILY (LakeUnionPublishing) by author Heather Burch is all about how hope and faith can bring a shattered family back together again. Twenty-two year old Rave Wayne was abandoned by his mother when he was a little boy. Now the woman he expected to spend the rest of his life has tossed him to the side of the road, for a guy with money, even though she doesn't love him. Rave wa
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect with this story since it's not my usual reading choice, but wow did it surprise me. Tuck and Rave immediately pulled me into their story and my heart was invested from the start! As much trauma as Rave has been through, he was just a stand up guy who insisted on doing the right thing even when it got him into trouble. And he was definitely known as a troublemaker! Tuck is determined to make things right and I was so glad he "found" Rave and made sure there were no st ...more
Margie Shaw
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an early readers edition of Something Like Family by Heather Burch from NetGalley. I think it's a wonderful story that depicts the love a family has for each other, be it by blood, or by contract. That line, I took from the book. It was a very emotional read. I've always said, if an author can bring a reader to tears, it's proof they are a gifted writer. You can't help but love the characters, Tuck and Rave. I especially felt a connection to Tuck, the grandfather. I appreciated how a ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Heather's that I have read. It was highly recommended to me by another awesome author. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It was love at first chapter. Rave has been let down his whole life, first by his drug addicted mother then by society. So when a private investigator show up at his job saying that he had a grandfather who was searching for him, what was he to think. But, being the kind of person he was Rave took a chance. ...more
Faith Anders
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something Like Family is another great story by Heather Burch. This family tale is full of real life problems, heart breaks, new love, second chances, and forgiveness. The main character Rave was raised by a mother who was an addict. After being abandoned by her, thinking he was without any other family, finds he has a grandfather who was looking for him. His grandfather teaches him many things, most of all how to forgive. Rave struggles to start a new life for himself while finding out the true ...more
Lori Boyd
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. You will deal with many emotions. I loved the cast of characters, story line, and writing. This book talks of the different type of family...those we are born into, those we choose, those we don't want, those that disappoint, those we love. I loved that this book spoke volumes about forgiveness without being preachy! I was give this book as an ARC, for an honest review. This review is my mine alone!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly taken with this book. The way Tuck talks about Millie reminds me of the first 10 minutes of the movie UP. Oh, to have that kind of love. And Rave, Tuck's long lost know he has so much pain inside, but is a good person. A really GOOD person with a huge heart. Heather Burch spins a wonderful tale of finding lost family, and all of the hurt and love and confusion that you could imagine goes along with it. I haven't read many novels that are written from a male's point ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Multi-generational family drama. Gut-wrenching emotion. Sweet & lovely romance. Something Like Family was a spectacular new work of fiction by Heather Burch that I refused to put down until I had read (devoured) every single word.

Some books–as well as some writing styles–simply *fit* with a reader. And this was one of those occasions. Everything about Something Like Family worked for me, from the down-to-earth characters I adored to the
Patricia Sands
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heather Burch takes us on an emotional journey that explores the deep roots of family, honors those who serve their country and affirms the transformative power of forgiveness. Something Like Family will resonate with you long after the story ends. An outstanding read!
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was captured from the first page and could not put it down. The author did an incredible job at character description. This book really is about so many things; survival, love, family, trust, forgiveness and the evils of addiction. All the way through the book I felt like I was on a rollercoaster of emotion for the characters. This was my first book by Heather Burch and I will be definitely reading more of her work.
Thank you to the Author and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange
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I can't believe the release of SOMETHING LIKE FAMILY is September 12. This is a book that was inspired by a trip to the mountains when my husband and I needed to "unplug" for a while.
I wasn't certain how it would hit readers, but I'm thrilled to say, it has the highest star rating so far of all of my books. It's sitting at a 4.85 stars here on Goodreads. I guess needing to "unplug" is something
“Forgiveness is like fresh mountain rain. It erodes away the sorrow and cleanses the land. Forgiving those we love is easy when we don’t base that decision on what they will or won’t do.” 1 likes
“We don’t lose the ones we love, Tuck, we just don’t see them for a little while.” 0 likes
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