Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Family Journal” as Want to Read:
The Family Journal
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Family Journal

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 ratings  ·  154 reviews

Join the millions who have fallen in love with New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown in her landmark hundredth novel.

At the end of her rope, single mom Lily Anderson is determined to move her rebellious children in the right direction. That means taking away their cell phones, tablets, and computers—at least temporarily—and moving to the house where Lily grew

...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 296 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Family Journal, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Family Journal

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.45  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,374 ratings  ·  154 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Family Journal
Carrie
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown is a contemporary romance that is a huge milestone marker in the fact this is her one hundredth book. Yes, I typed that right…a big one zero zero. Wow. Do I need to say anything on an author’s writing when having that many books in circulation? Well, I guess I will tell a little about this one….

Lily Anderson has been raising her two children on her own since her divorce from a cheating husband. Lily’s ex pops in and out of the kids lives when it suits him
...more
♥Rachel♥
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Single mom, Lily Anderson decides to move her kids back to her little hometown of Comfort, Texas after catching them on the wrong path. Tough love in the form of taking all electronic devices away from them along with moving from the city to a small town is drastic and doesn’t win her any popularity contests with her twelve and fourteen-year old. But getting back to her roots proves to be a smart move for their family. Mack Cooper, the renter at her family home is a stabilizing force for both ...more
"Avonna
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com

THE FAMILY JOURNAL by Carolyn Brown is her 100th novel and it is my favorite to date! This is a wonderful, heartfelt and endearing story of a divorced mother who has decided to make a new start with her children in her childhood home in rural Texas.

Lily Anderson has had enough. She caught her disrespectful teenage daughter smoking a joint and has found out her preteen son is sneaking out to drink beer and smoke cigarettes with his
...more
Sophia
Wow! One hundred books released and dare I hope for many more to come? Carolyn Brown's The Family Journal was a fitting book for hitting her century mark with its unique look back at the distant past through the maternal family journal, to the present where things are at a low for the heroine before she takes her life by the horns, and into a future if she can trust that all men aren't like her cheating, manipulative ex. Carolyn Brown's country charming style full of family, friendship, wry ...more
Jackie
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable!!! The 100th book by Carolyn Brown has been my most favorite book of hers yet! I hate picking favorites as I have loved each of the dozens I’ve read of this amazing author this book is a pure celebration in many ways! The Family Journal is a true heartfelt written book that grabbed my heart immediately! These amazing characters are so relatable as is their story. Lily moved back home after her kids have left her no choice with their actions and no help from her ex husband. Hoping ...more
Jackie
Book Info
Paperback, 298 pages
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
ISBN 1542015375 (ISBN13: 9781542015370)
Other Editions (3)
Source:Netgalley EARC
Buy book from
Amazon
B&N
BOOK BLURB

Join the millions who have fallen in love with New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown in her landmark hundredth novel.

At the end of her rope, single mom Lily Anderson is determined to move her rebellious children in the right direction. That means taking away their cell
...more
Heidi
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars: A heartfelt novel that focuses on the importance of family and roots.

After Lily catches her fourteen year old daughter, Holly, smoking a joint and her twelve year old son drinking, she decides it’s time for some tough love. Lily takes away all their electronic devices and moves them from Austin to the small town of Comfort, Texas where she grew up. Lily heads back to her family home, only there is a small problem, she will have a roommate. After her parents died five
...more
Misty
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story by one of my favorite authors. The characters are relatable and real. There are flaws and mistakes mixed in with their accomplishments and achievements. The emotions are strong and so well described that you know exactly where the characters are coming from. It was well edited, which is so infrequent these days that it's notable. The journal part of the story was fascinating. I found myself wishing my family had something of the sort. I really loved how the current ...more
Karen Hackett
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown is a powerful story about the love of a single mom for her kids. Lily Anderson is at the end of her rope. Her two kids are out of control, so she has packed up and moved her family back to Comfort, Texas. Her parents’ house comes with Mack Cooper, a high school teacher and a handsome longtime renter. Arrangements: housemates. But Mack’s devoted attention to the kids begins to warm Lily’s heart. She discovers a journal written by five generations of her female ...more
Amary Chapman
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet heartwarming tale of generations of strong women.
Lily Anderson has reached the end of her rope. After getting divorced by her cheating ex Wyatt, who was an more interested in his rich new wife than his kids, she found out, to her dismay, she didn't know her kids as well as she thought.
Packing them up and returning to the small town in a desperate attempt to get closer and change their path was the best solution she could think of, one that they hated.
Since she had already rented her
...more
Donna Hines
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
A beautifully written portrayal of love in all it's magnificent flaws.
Whether you're looking at from the point of love or lust one thing is for sure you must have feelings, emotions, and connections are without such there's nothing.
A journal brings it all together as the past meets present with the ladies in this powerful story.
Surely we have some behavioral issues, we have a journey in terms of raising and parenting, we have a story of a bygone era and of a mother and daughter connecting
...more
Lilly Charysma
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lily Anderson is a heroine! She has two kids that give her the worst headache, but she is a devoted mother! I had to get this out of the way… sorry!

Now, “The Family Journal” is such an amazing story. The warmth one feels when reading it, the feeling of Home, the family and love are all in these chapters, at every page turn. I very much enjoyed this book!

Lily Anderson is a single mom, whose kids have taken some very bad habits, at a very young age. The only resource she has left is to move back
...more
Margie
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Carolyn Brown book is like coming home again. You feel joy, contentment and love.

Single mom Lily Anderson found her fourteen-year-old daughter Holly in the library bathroom with a marijuana joint and that was the last straw. When Lily confiscates all of Holly's electronics as punishment Holly tattletales on her twelve-year-old brother Braden by telling Lily that he has been sneaking out and smoking cigarettes and drinking beer with his friends. That revelation gets Braden's electronics
...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I always enjoy the southern charm that exudes from the pages of this author's books.

Lily has had her problems in the past, but actions by her two teenage children land them back in Comfort Texas, a small town where she grew up and might be the answer to saving her children from traveling down a path that could be harmful to them. Mack is very different from his twin, in both looks and personalities. He is happy in his own skin but has yet to find love.

This book is more than just a romance, it
...more
Susan
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book .... and I sobbed vigorously near the end of the book ... no giving away of the story! I can truly relate to this book. What an awesome treat it would be to meet Carolyn Brown.
Konny
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown is a stand alone, contemporary romance novel.
Meet Lily Anderson. She's a divorced mother of two and is at the end of her rope. She's had enough and to change her life she packs her kids and moves to rural somwhere.
Mack Cooper is her tenant, new roommate. The 41 year old teacher has his own issues with his family. He's better off alone, so he thinks.
These so different people have to settle in, rebellious teenagers, adults who're still finding their way and
...more
Sara Oxton
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown a noteworthy four-star read. This is my first read by this author, and I don’t know how as I will be going back and checking the huge back catalogue out as the writing style is very nicely done. The web of tales that are weaved in this novel will keep you hooked, it does wander a little at times and that’s why I only gave it a four, but it has the bones of a very good story. The characters all have a great role to play, Lily was a great character and one who ...more
Jane
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Family Journal is a beautiful story about roots and new beginnings. As Lily and her teenage daughter, Holly explore the entries in an old journal they each come to realize just how precious life its own self is. Readers will experience a whole range of emotions and perhaps shed a few tears. Parents everywhere can relate to Lily’s struggles as a parent as she stands firm in her tough love posture taking her children from a big city full of temptation back to her small town country roots. ...more
Susan
Terrific book about family, friendship, love, and new beginnings. In the five years since her divorce, Lily's life was taken over by the day-to-day stresses of work and home, leaving her little time to give her kids the attention they needed. Her cheating ex-husband gave her full custody because his new wife had no interest in being around children. He flits in and out of Holly and Braden's lives, unreliable in actions and attitude. She experienced a rude awakening when she discovered ...more
E-Reader Addict
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When Lily Anderson discovered her 14 year old daughter, AND her 12 year old son, were making some bad choices, she did what any good mother would do: take away every last electronic device and move from the big city of Austin, Texas to the small town where she grew up two hours away. But drastic times call for drastic measures. She’s not sure when it happened, but over the course of the past five years - since her divorce, when her husband moved on to his second wife who had no desire to be ...more
Susan Maurer
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific sorry

I love Carolyn Browns multilayer storyline development. Reading her books are an adventure in a small town dynamic that just unfold piece by piece until I'm wrapped up in the story. Lilly is a wonderful mother in her hard love by taking all the electronics but she is fortunate to have a house back in her home town, the house she grew up in to also move Holly and Braden, kicking and screaming all the way as they make the move. Then comes the surprise that her tenant is going
...more
Charlotte Lynn
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read many of Carolyn Brown’s books and have loved them all. But The Family Journal is my favorite so far. I loved everything about this book. The mother, Lily, is newly divorced with a ex who only wants to deal with the kids on his terms. So, what does she do? She takes things in her own hands and pushed the kids to fall in line. She makes the biggest decision for them but then she lets them find their own way while giving them the guidance they need to make their own decisions. She truly ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many of Carolyn Brown’s books and have loved them all. But The Family Journal is my favorite so far. I loved everything about this book. The mother, Lily, is newly divorced with a ex who only wants to deal with the kids on his terms. So, what does she do? She takes things in her own hands and pushed the kids to fall in line. She makes the biggest decision for them but then she lets them find their own way while giving them the guidance they need to make their own decisions. She truly ...more
Sara
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Solid 4

This was the sweetest book I’ve read in a while. It gives you a full sense of family and love. It’s not one of those novels that going to keep you guessing, no major plot to keep you in suspense, no cliffhangers. It’s a feel good book about the dynamics of family and how they get through difficult times of divorce, a move, death and new love.

Lily being forced to move back home to a simpler place because her 2 kids get caught with pot and alcohol. This makes her realize how much she’s
...more
Angela Sanford
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author Carolyn Brown has once again succeeded in bringing me to fits of laughter, and at times, tears with her beautifully written novel, The Family Journal. Lily Anderson is a divorced, single mother who is at her wits end with the behavior of her two children, Holly and Braden. Trying to do what's best for them, she moves them back to her hometown of Comfort, Texas. After her mother passed away five years earlier, Lily has been renting the family home to Mack Cooper, the high school Ag ...more
Terrie Case
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good romance with a great underlying story. I want to start a journal now.

This book is based upon a journal that is handed down from mother to daughter over generations. There is no rhyme or reason when it is written in or about the subject matter. When Lily finds the journal in her mother’s writing desk, she immediately understands its significance. She reads it with the reverence the journal requires.

Soon, she is sharing the stories with her daughter. Having moved with her children back
...more
Jenna Laiche
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jamie Gripp segreto
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner!

Carolyn Brown is simply a delight. Her stories warm the heart, remind us that home and family heal us, restore our faith in people, and show us that the family we choose is as important as the one we are born into in life.

Lily is, in many ways, a typical single mom but when she realizes how out of control her kids are she takes the bull by the horns and knows that desperate times call for desperate measures. She knows that her kids may hate her today but she is their parent, not
...more
Negar Arvanaghi
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel sorry for parents in these situations. The threat of going to live with the other parent is always there.

Victoria sounds like a twat.

If it was my mother, she would have slapped me.

I so would not like Adam.

Whoa, Sally has some serious kid juju.

It's not the love of your life if your twin brother can steal her away.

I like the Civil War storyline.

How old do you think your mother is, Braden? Outhouses?

Holly sure gets polite when she wants something.

Attaboy, Braden.

Aw, Isaac is a cutie.

Is
...more
Dottie Legatos
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown. I found out that this is her 100th book! Since it's the first of her's that I've read, I'm happy that there are so many more to choose! I found it refreshing to read a good contemporary romance that is wholesome and not too sappy. Not only a romance, this also is a bit historical in the fact that the main character, Lily, finds an old journal in her childhood home. She moved back after her husband left her and her two children for another ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Seabreeze Summer (Summer Beach #2)
  • Life on Loan
  • Seabreeze Inn (Summer Beach #1)
  • Wildflower Christmas (The Wildflower House #3)
  • Tangled Up In Christmas (Texas Heat #2)
  • A Bittersweet Surprise (Starlight Cove #3)
  • The Road She Left Behind
  • Say It Again (First Wives, #5)
  • Spring House
  • Bred in the Bone (Widow's Island #4)
  • Nantucket White Christmas: A feel-good, small town, Christmas story
  • Wildflower Hope (The Wildflower House #2)
  • This Christmas
  • All I Want for Christmas Is You
  • Child's Play
  • The Bright Season (Book 6)
  • The Second Chance Supper Club
  • The Wonder of Now (Sanctuary Sound, #3)
See similar books…
2,473 followers
Hi! I'm twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can't trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who've made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my ...more