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A Family of Strangers

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  40 reviews
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Could a lifetime of memories...be a lifetime of lies?

All her life, Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead, Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now, Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man
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Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Harlequin Audio
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    Sue
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I have read all of Emilie Richards books and even though this is a slight change from her normal genre, it's fantastic and my favorite of all of her books. Her past books have been women's fiction but her new book has a central mystery that keeps you guessing until the end.

    Though Ryan and Wendy are sisters, they were never close because there were so many years between them. Wendy was ready to start college when Ryan was born. Wendy was a successful business woman who helped her dad run the fami
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    Jeanne
    Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Deep story with many emotions misunderstood, ever changing and some of the most honest writing I've come to expect with Richards.
    Kelly
    A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards

    Pub date: June 25,2019
    Mira - Harlequin
    Fiction
    Rating: 4/5

    I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Mira/Harlequin in exchange for an unbiased review.

    3-1/2 stars I rounded up to 4, the writing and story structure were solid although somewhat wordy at times. Parts of the story seemed to drag before it all pulled together.

    It can be lonely to feel like the odd one in your family. Sometimes difficult to grasp that your somehow don’t fit it. You
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    TheHauteBookworm
    If you love a good mystery then this is the book to read! I was enthralled right from the start and couldn’t put the book down! Emilie Richards is a new to me author. So I didn’t know what to expect going in. I’ve found she sure knows how to tell a nail-biting, gripping story.

    The main character Ryan Rose is making a name for herself as a producer and host of a pod cast series that delves into unsolved cold cases. In the midst of celebrating the show’s success Ryan receives a phone call from her
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    Kendall
    Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    A Family of Strangers is a women's fiction novel with a hint of family suspense/drama.

    This story barely held my interest to be honest. It was so wordy and wayyyy to drawn out. It was too long and could have been 75-100 pages less.

    Family secrets and family relationships are at the core of this novel. There again was just too much going on in this novel and caught myself rolling my eyes wondering where the story was going. It didn't have enough punch to the max in this story. I was bored and wonde
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    Nicola Short
    Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    “A Family of Strangers” was a story that had a lot going on in it. The twists and turns really took me by surprise. I went through many emotions while reading about Ryan Gracey’s adventure into figuring out what is going on with her sister, Wendy, and in their family dynamics which is full of complicated issues. The authors writing style flowed well.
    Altogether a story with mystery, family loyalties, humor, family secrets...a little of everything to keep you wanting to read to the last pages.
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    Irene
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards. Family relationship drama between sisters. A bit of mystery and an abundance of descriptive writing. All together an entertaining read.

    Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
    Christine Lowe
    Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a wonderfully written story that is so good I ignored everything else going on so I could read. If you're interested enough to read this book, don't read reviews that might have any spoilers in it. The impact of what the story turns out to be is greater when you don't suspect a thing. The characters are skillfully crafted and believable. The plot gave away nothing about what was coming next. There was no hesitation giving it a five star rating.
    Annette
    Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Emilie Richards is hands down one of my top 10 favorite authors. I have read every book she has written and I wait on the edge of my seat for her next book. This book was even better than her last few. A moving and brilliantly written book.. She writes so well with such realistic thoughts and feelings from her characters. There are so many different threads from these characters that it's hard to put the book down. I know when I pick up one of these books I better have nothing pressing to do, I ...more
    Anne
    Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    The description of this book does not do it justice! I started it expecting a simple story about the under-dog sister learning to appreciate herself and her role in the family, but it was so much more than that.

    Wendy was the perfect daughter with the handsome important husband and two adorable daughters. Ryan was the change-of-life younger sister who never quite lived up to her older sister. However, when Wendy calls Ryan for help, afraid she’ll be accused of murder, Ryan steps up, even more th
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    Margie Shaw
    Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards Publication date June 25, 2019 Harlequin - MIRA This was the first Emilie Richards book I’ve read. Although it took me a while to finish it, it wasn’t because it wasn’t good, it was because life got in the way and I couldn’t sit and read as I normally do. Actually, I rather enjoyed it. I thought of it as a mystery suspense type genre. It did seem a little slow in the beginning for me but once I got into it, it held my attention and kept me reading. About ...more
    Patricia
    May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Riveting mystery of family secrets and a murder. Ryan needs to uncover what her sister Wendy has done when she calls her in a panic. Ryan has to return to her hometown of Seabank, FL to care for her nieces Hplly and Noelle. Ryan knows that uncovering Wendy's secrets may lead to disaster for her nieces, brother-in-law and her parents. Using her skills earned in her podcast "Out in the Cold" about unsolved cold cases she starts to unravel Wendy's tangle of lies to reveal the truth. Ryan's tenacity ...more
    Becky
    May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Superb! A Family of Strangers is an engaging story from the very beginning until the last page. Emilie Richards is a masterful storyteller. I read every available minute until the conclusion of the book. The ending was very satisfying and right on target. The struggle of what makes a family and how supportive of family members in taxing situations is the main theme of the story. Does a person deserve undying support because they are “family.” A Family of Strangers (fitting title) would be great ...more
    SOMDReigel
    Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “She’s my sister.”
    Excellent family drama with a mystery and deep emotional secrets. I was intrigued by Ryan Gracey’s adventure into figuring out what is going on with her sister, Wendy who is on the run. Wendy has abandoned her family and only contacts Ryan sporadically. This is a family that is full of complicated issues and what you see on the surface is not what it really is. Well written, interesting characters, and thought provoking read. I enjoyed and recommend this story with mystery, fa
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    Janilyn Kocher
    May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A Family of Strangers is a family of many secrets. Ryan goes to help her sister look after her nieces, but her sister is hiding many details. As Ryan probes into her sister"s life, she also discovers secrets pertaining to her own past. She also becomes familiar with her two nieces who are bewildered by their mother' absence. The end is sad and also shocking. Thanks to NetGalley for the early read.
    Donnajo
    I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for a honest opinion.

    A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards. I've read past books by this author and enjoyed them and this book hasn't disappointed me. A drama with issues and secrets between family members. A fast paced roller coaster of a ride.
    K-BRC
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This suspenseful Women’s Fiction work may have you questioning things you recall about your own family. Do we ever truly know everything about our siblings? Do yourself a favor and add this title to your must be read list.

    Barb
    Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
    I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. I thought it was just okay. Too long and definitely not a mystery or thriller.
    Carol (Reading Ladies)
    3.5 stars .....review coming
    Annette
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-read-2019
    A well written book with a lot of twists and turns. It’s a page turner! I loved it!
    Ruth
    Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Not one of Richard's best. I found the whole plot largely unbelieveable. Full review https://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/201... after June 15
    Susan
    Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: women-s-fiction
    Remember when Emilie Richards used to write feel-good novels about women making quilts and helping each other through hard times? Someone must have told her that darker is in fashion now, because A Family of Strangers goes to some pretty bleak places. Still, it has Richards’ characteristically thoughtful portrayal of family dynamics, and although the plot takes a while to hit its stride, it’s ultimately a rewarding read.

    True crime podcast journalist Ryan Gracey receives a shocking phone call fro
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    Joanne Chase
    May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Ryan Gracey’s older sister, Wendy, was a teenager when Ryan was born. Ryan always looked up to her with envy, the Perfect Sister, excelling in everything, school, sports, looks ... Ryan knew she could never compete and didn’t try. She felt ignored by her family. Now, Wendy calls her out of the blue for help. She has been somehow involved in a murder, and is hiding until she can clear her name, begging Ryan to go looks after her two girls. Ryan goes to her hometown to look after two nieces that s ...more
    Annarella
    May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book is dark, well written and full of twists and turns. It's a page turner you won't be able to put down.
    I liked the fleshed out characters, the plot and the setting.
    I look forward to reading other books by this author.
    Highly recommended!
    Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
    Christine Moore
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Ultimately this is a story of sisters. Ryan is the younger sister and has never felt like she fits in with her family. Wendy is the perfect older sister Ryan is always comparing herself to and falling short. When Wendy calls in trouble and needing Ryan's help she rushes to her family. This is a story of family secrets, the lengths of family love, and lots of family drama. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the book and it did keep me guessing. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions ...more
    Sue Fernandez
    Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to be a page turner, and although it's noted as a mystery, I'd almost place it in simply fiction. This is a family story, and I liked the background of the main character being a podcaster, which is very much current. I liked the twists, the interaction from the family members, and interestingly, seeing how people perceive their past as one thing, when sometimes it's entirely di ...more
    Christa
    rated it it was amazing
    Apr 29, 2019
    Nancy Mijangos
    Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Ryan is an adventurous reporter who is summoned home to care for her perfect sister's children. After her arrival, she discovers that her sister is not the person that she thought she knew. Ryan also comes to a deeper understanding of her parents and her nieces.

    Great storyline about family dynamics and the labels that we attach to ourselves and others.
    Jenn
    Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I tried so hard! The writing was great but it just couldn't hold my interest! I really wanted to like this book but I just didn't . I am encouraging others to give it a try though
    Adelyn Grudier
    rated it really liked it
    Apr 30, 2019
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