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A Kind of Family

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Forty-something Northern UK psychotherapist and university lecturer Rachel longs for a close family when, a year after their parents die her brother decides to cut off all contact. Out of the blue she meets Fran, a petite, attractive and outgoing community artist who disturbs and excites her. Shortly after this Aggie appears, looking like a relic from the 1960s and with a ...more
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Published January 7th 2020 by Willow River Press
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Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As A Kind of Family opens, psychotherapist Rachel is losing the last remnants of her traditional nuclear family - but it isn't long before she encounters Fran, who opens up the possibility of a new kind of family. This may sound like the opening to a romance novel, but author Bonnie Meekums is interested in much more than the (nicely done) romantic scenes. As Fran and Rachel navigate their new life together, they also have to deal with an ageing parent, bereavement, conception and a shocking ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the novel, A Kind of Family, Bonnie Meekums delivers a graceful yet heartbreaking tale of love and loss. The title of the tome speaks volumes about what is inside. You will discover that family comes in all different shapes and sizes, even if all the members come from the same family tree.

From the very beginning, we see a family falling apart only to reinvent themselves to find a new kind of family. The wheels of life are always turning and finding new paths. The tale has its lows as well as
Jacqueline Ward
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read a pre-publication copy of this new novel. I loved it and the storytelling is almost addictive. I don't want to give spoilers but the story has the right amount of roller-coaster emotions to know the characters thoroughly. It is an exquisite study of relationships and what constitutes family - an overcoming adversity.

Five stars from me.
Jean K
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Moving between NZ and the UK, and several generations of family, this powerful story is a compelling read. The character's critical 'inner voice' there on the page in all its negative bullying, brings an emotional depth to the relationships that really made me care about these people.
Richard Hooton
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading A Kind of Family, it quickly draws you in and I found it engaging and fast-paced. It’s full of twists and turns and hidden secrets. It focuses on relationships and what constitutes a family, particularly in modern society with same-sex marriages and relatives spread around the globe. It makes you think about what being in a family means, whether that’s the traditional idea of the nuclear family and blood relatives to adoption and forming close bonds with good friends, ...more
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An escaped academic, Bonnie already had two professionally published books on arts therapies / Dance Movement Therapy before her first novel was published by Between the Lines Publishing in 2020.

She lives in the North-West of England, where she shares a house with her husband, various offspring that she is never entirely confident have finally left, and from time to time grandchildren, whose size