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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  10,607 ratings  ·  672 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 up
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Lori Phillips Romance, yes. In spades! Explicit? Not at all. If you're like me and skip the explicit parts of other romance books, then this novel is for you. …moreRomance, yes. In spades! Explicit? Not at all. If you're like me and skip the explicit parts of other romance books, then this novel is for you. (less)

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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 havi
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 Li ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

You know, lately I shelved more books under DNF especially with Christian theme. I have nothing against Christian romance book. It just I can not find a good match with me. So, Family Journal sadly also end up on DNF shelve. I thought this book is more like Little Women that type of book. But I was wrong.

The single parent thing is actually OK and I found it a bit fun. The journal has been boring. And its dragging. It just bad boring. I do not want to waste my time finishing this book while I
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 humo ...more
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 be ...more
This was kind of cute.

The Family Journal will introduce you to Lily Anderson. She is recently divorced and is raising her two kids by herself. Honestly, good for her because her cheating ex of a douche husband didn't deserve them one bit. I felt really bad for all involved because he just showed up whenever he wanted and didn't care about them once he was gone. Definitely self-centered and not a big fan of his.

Unfortunately, that isn't the only problem in her life. Nope, her kids aren't acting o
❤Marie Gentilcore
The Family Journal is about a single mom who moves her children back to her childhood home in small town Comfort, Texas. I really enjoy Carolyn Brown’s books but this one was missing something that I just can’t put my finger on. It also didn’t make me laugh as much as I have laughed when reading her other books. Don’t get me wrong, it was still an enjoyable read and I’m glad I read it.
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 year
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Paperback, 298 pages
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
ISBN 1542015375 (ISBN13: 9781542015370)
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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 mean
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
Isha Coleman
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Family Journal by: Carolyn Brown  
Brown takes a snapshot of the heart at it's most vulnerable and then puts it in our hands for safekeeping. The Family Journal dares to expose every emotion we're too afraid to face, but determined to conquer anyway. Lily and Mack are evidence that there is beauty in the heartache and wisdom in the lessons we learn from the experience.
Carolyn Brown out did herself with the story! I just added it to my favorite shelf... it was filled with hope and love... just what I need in a time like this!
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 charac ...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 throug
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
When a single mom, Lily, sees that her two kids, 12 & 14 year olds, are getting into the wrong crowd and doing things they shouldn’t she realizes that she’s been too involved in her own troubles, after her divorce and focusing on work instead of her children. She decides on tough love to get through to them. She moves them from big city life in Austin, TX, to her small home town of Comfort Texas, amidst the complaints, tears and tantrums from her kids. She still owns the house she grew up in as ...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 t
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 c
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
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: carolyn-brown
I loved everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the setting....this is the one hundredth book for Carolyn Brown and she keeps outdoing herself. Each book is better than the last. The Family Journal centers on Lily Anderson. She is now a single mom since her husband left her to be arm candy for his stunning new wife. As part of the divorce agreement Wyatt, the ex, has given full custody of fourteen year old Holly and twelve year old Braden to Lily. In turn he will visit them when he ...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
Joyce Stewart Reviews
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Family Journal
by Carolyn Brown
296 pages
Publication date: November 12, 2019
This is my first read by this author, and definitely won't be my last. I loved this beautiful heartwarming story. The author writes in such a way that you fell like you are there. It was well written with such great characters. I loved all of the characters. I loved how the character of Lily was such a strong. divorced, single struggling mom. When her kids get into trouble she makes the decision to
Sandra Hutchison
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-romances
Picked this up because Carolyn Brown is one of those incredibly successful Amazon Publishing authors and I was curious to see what the deal was. Also, it promised goats. This is a sweet but not cloying family story that's almost more about a mom and her two kids falling back in love with each other than it is about the male/female romance. My favorite thing about it is the small town Texas local color (the MC thanks the hero for telling her "I'm pretty when I look like hammered owl shit"). I als ...more
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. Read ...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 m ...more
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 pare
Agnes (BookBubbe)
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Family Love

This is the second book I have read by this author and she didn’t disappoint. I love family stories and this one contained everything that covered from love to hate to tears to happy endings.

Lily takes both her children, Holly and Braden, out of their environment after they got into trouble. Without their electronics they return to Lily’s home town, the quaint town of Comfort, Texas. The house comes with renter Mack Cooper and after moving in Lily finds a journal that dates back over
Naomi Krokowski
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
My second Carolyn Brown book, and I really liked this one. It reminded me of Maeve Binchy, an all time favorite author ( I’ve read every one of her books!) Sometimes you just need the seemingly simple details to add up to a series of struggles overcome and a happy ending. Lily is a divorced mom of two with an immature jerk of a cheating ex-husband. Her two kids have been up to little good with questionable peers, so she moves them back to her small hometown of Comfort, Texas. There happens to be ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lily is a single mom and has had it with her children’s behavior so she takes away their cell phones, iPads and moves them back to her parents house in a small town. Since her parents death she has been renting it to a teacher so they decide he will live on the main floor and they will live upstairs. She and the children adjust. She finds an old journal started during the civil war by the women in her family. That was the one part I never understand in books, when they find an old journal they n ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
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