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Little Pieces of Me

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Following her acclaimed debut novel, You and Me and Us, Alison Hammer offers a deeply moving story of family and identity. When a DNA test reveals a long-buried secret, a woman must look to the past to understand her mother and herself.

When Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing website announcing that her father is a man she never met, she is convinced there must be
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As DNA websites become more prevalent, how many lives will be forever affected? Some people will get the answers they’ve been searching for, finally providing some closure and satisfaction. Others however, will receive devastating news that will change their lives forever.

Paige Meyer takes the leap and submits her DNA. Perhaps verifying her ancestry more than anything. But to her surprise she gets a match to someone listed as a close family member.

This match will change Paige’s life forever
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Little Pieces of Me is an excellent novel about family where the main character finds out her dad isn’t her biological father. A DNA test reveals Paige’s biological father while she is still grieving her father. She is left questioning everything and wondering what is the truth. Paige has a difficult relationship with her mother which makes it hard for Paige to discuss her paternity. Paige ends up trying to find the truth with the help of her friends by sneaking around to trying to find out abou ...more
ALL THE STARS! This was such an engaging story that captivated me from first page to the very last. And I truly mean that the authors note is a can’t miss! Have you taking one of those DNA test, like Ancestry or 23 and me? Imagine you do and you find out the man that you called dad *the man who love you unconditionally* the man that coached your softball team *the man who took you camping* imagine that man is not your biological dad. That is the situation that Paige finds herself in. To further ...more
Larry H
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, arc
Alison Hammer's second novel, Little Pieces of Me , is an emotional, thought-provoking look at love, friendship, family secrets, and what shapes our identity.

A few years ago, Paige took a DNA test and it cemented everything she knew about her background. One day she gets an email from the DNA testing website letting her know that she matches a man she has never met, but the site claims that genetically, he must be her father.

How could that be? She was raised by her parents and had a tremendou
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
5 stars!

Sometimes books come into your life at just the right time. Little Pieces of Me is one of those books for me. I loved the character and relationship development. I felt like I knew how the characters were going to respond before I read about it. That for me, is always a good sign. I have become part of the story. I loved this book and it will stay with me for a long time. There were so many great lines including this one which summed up the book for me:

“When you’re deeply surrounded by l
Bradeigh Godfrey
With the availability of easy-to-use DNA tests and databases making connections between long-last family members, I think most of us know or have heard of at least one person discovering a sordid family secret. It’s the perfect setup for a novel exploring identity and family, and author Alison Hammer is the perfect one to do it! This story is told in two timelines—present day, as Paige tried to unravel the mystery of her origin and find the man who is her DNA father—and 1975, following college s ...more
Shannon Rochester
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because the title alone suggests there might be growth and "feelings" involved while reading it... and I was right. Paige has always been a Daddy's girl, right up to his death. Her relationship with her mother, however has never been great and has become even more strained after his death. One day Paige gets an email that changes her life forever, right down to her very core. She
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alison Hammer is now a go to author for me, I will read anything she writes. This book was amazing. My heart was ripped out crying one minute and laughing the next. I was enthralled with every character. I felt every emotion that Paige did, she was so real.
I loved the freshness and the realness of this story- it's not like everything else I'm reading right now.
I would love to see this story continue though- so much more needs to happen.
Thanks to Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy.
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I had no idea what I was getting into this book, someone should have warned me that I would need an entire box of tissues to get through it. This book is gosh darn BEAUTIFUL. Heartbreaking, deep, hard, and beautiful. A story of identity, family, and self-love, Little Pieces of Me by Alison Hammer is one of those books that sits inside you.

Paige took a free DNA test as part of a previous job campaign, she never expected the email that came in telli
Sue Fernandez
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to William Morrow and Net Galley for a digital ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed this book about a young woman who, like a lot of daughters, is a Daddy's Girl. She and her mom had always had a strained relationship. On a fluke, she ended up doing a DNA test that showed she had a different biological dad. Her mom continued to insist that this wasn't the case. As the story unfolds, the narrative goes between current day and her parent's college years. A highly ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really got caught up in this book.
It is very well written and thought out.

Elizabeth and Paige have a strained mother- daughter relationship, exacerbated by the death of Paige's dad. He always watched over his daughter.
Paige has never been able to understand why her mom has always been so cold and distant towards her.

The clues begin to open when a DNA test that Paige took and a follow-up email with results insists that there is a man who has a very close genetic match to Paige.
Could it pos
Tina Wright
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m no stranger to books with dual narratives in which the present follows an adult child and the past follows his/her parents, with both storylines serving to unravel a present conundrum. In Little Pieces of Me, the author uses this narrative device with a deft hand, and the result is an engaging story that kept me turning pages in search of understanding and resolution for the characters. And the characters. Ultimately, they were what made this story special. Each was well-drawn and fully huma ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The advent of DNA testing has created an entirely new set of plots for writers. Some have used them well, others have not. Alison Hammer has used it extremely well. Paige receives a new leaf which upends her entire identity. Could a total stranger be her DNA dad?

Paige begins to question her relationships, especially with her emotionally aloof mother. All this is happening when Paige is planning her wedding. The author moves gracefully between THEN and NOW. The reader is brought into the series o
Paula Pugh
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The life of a woman is upended and in turmoil when, through a DNA test, she discovers that her father is not really her father. The journey she emotionally takes is well written and an examination of her dilemma and that of her mother.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Imagine signing up for a DNA test and finding out your dad isn’t your biological father. To make matters worse, the man you called “dad” has passed and your mother isn’t talking. This is the premise of the heartfelt LITTLE PIECES OF ME by Alison Hammer, which deftly explores the definition of family, and what might happen if yours is turned upside down. With its richly drawn characters and poignant dialogue, this novel is sure to tug at those heartstrings as you flip back and forth from past to ...more
Sally Van Slyke
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige is missing her dad on her 43rd birthday. It was his birthday also. Paige and her dad were extremely close. Paige always thought that her mother was was cold and distant. This story follows the family in duel timeline. Chapters are labeled Now, Then. Then is the timeline in the 70's when Mom and Dad were in college. I very much reading this story and I did have a few times when I cried. Thank you Netgalley and Haper Collins for the ebook arc. ...more
Carolyn Stumpf
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of Little Pieces of Me. All opinions are my own.

I am rating this book 4 stars. The story is set in the”then” and the “now,” both settings revolving around a mother, Betsy in her college years, and her and her daughter, Paige’s relationship in the present. Betsy enjoys one evening of spontaneity in college which leads to a shocking email that Paige receives 40 some years later from Themes of love and family run deep in this novel.

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Little Pieces of Me is told in dual storylines: Paige in the present trying to figure out who she is once receiving the DNA results, and Betsy in the past during her college years. Both timelines converge to tell the story of Paige’s parentage. I thought this was very well done, and kept the pages turning quickly. Usually in dual timeline books I’m more interested in one POV than the other, but this wasn’t the case with Littl
Lainey Cameron
Alison Hammer is such a skillful writer. Similar to the thrill of opening a book by Kristin Hannah, the opening pages of an Alison Hammer novel promise you’ll embark on a sweeping, immersive, emotional journey that will give you all the feels.

Paige Meyer is having a down moment; she’s lost her job, and although she dearly loves her fiancé and has close friends, she’s struggling with planning for her wedding just two years after losing her father. Plus, her lifelong strained relationship with her
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away by Alison Hammer's debut novel You and Me and Us so I jumped at the chance to read an advance copy of her upcoming book Little Pieces of Me, and I was not disappointed.

Paige Meyer's life it turned upside down as a result of a single email from a DNA testing site alerting her that a paternal match has been made with another user. Initially, Paige feels that there must have been a mistake since her father passed away two years earlier. She eventually becomes determined to unc
Tammy O
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well told story about family connections and relationships. I loved meeting the “leading” male characters. They were strong, loving, good men who cherished their families and showed respect to others. I appreciated the main female characters who struggled with identity, choices made, questions and childhood emotions, but learned to be honest and appreciate what the future could hold for them together. Very good read!
Advanced reader copy courtesy of the publishers at NetGalley for review.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a timely story given the current popularity of DNA testing. Test results help us to confirm who we are and where we come from by connecting our ancestors through DNA matches. But what if what you have known your entire life to be true reveals that a man you’ve grown up knowing and loving as your Dad is not your biological father? This is an emotional story that explores the undeniably accurate results of a DNA test that will upend lives and change family history.

Song/s the book brought to mind: Take Me To Church by Hozier

What an emotional roller coaster, Little Pieces of Me by Alison Hammer gave me all the feels and it was such a hard book to put down. I laughed, I shed tears, and I just loved the different character viewpoints. The book centers on a 43-year-old Paige, her mom Elizabeth (Betsy), and the man a DNA website proclaims is her father, Andy. Not only do you have those 3 viewpoints, but you also get dual timelines. The timeline set in 1975
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige Meyer is 43 years old and is planning her wedding. She has a difficult relationship with her mother Elizabeth. She is still mourning the loss of her father, who she was very close with. After taking a DNA test, she learns that her beloved dad is not her biological father. Her non-communicative mother refuses to shed any light on this discovery. Paige loses all sense of herself and with the help of her close friends, she looks for answers. Her journey is not only a search for the man who is ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
It seems a lot of books about DNA are being written lately. And I am loving it not only because I had a DNA test done and found people I had no idea I was related to like a father and two sisters and two brothers. It did not turn out well for me. So all the stories with happy endings make me smile. I loved reading about father/ daughter Andy and Paige. I hated to see the story end.
This is a 4 star read that you should grab, its a fast read and one you will still be thinking about long after Paig
❐ Overall Rating 4½⭐ | Narration 😁 = Very Good
❐ Narrated by Sarah Naughton & Piper Goodeve
❐ Listening Length: 11H 24M
❐ Contemporary/Historical --Dual Timelines
❐ Woman’s Fiction with an air of Mystery
❐ Family Secrets
❐ DNA Testing


What an interesting premise this story has, it is both timely and thought-provoking. What if you found out that your dad wasn’t really your biological father? How would something like this change you? Told in dual timelines between the daughter in question and her mot
Rebecca Hodge
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I find a book I simply cannot stop reading, and LITTLE PIECES OF ME by Alison Hammer fits that description. A dual timeline story that follows Paige Meyer in present day and her mother in 1975, this book explores the heart of who we are and where we come from. When surprising DNA results raise tough questions, Paige’s world feels unstable. Does the news change who she is, or are the results merely irrelevant words in an email? Will the disclosure of secrets that have been buried f ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfelt and sincere novel about finding oneself within the context of family. I loved it.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher Harper Collins and the author Alison Hammer for the opportunity to read this book and review it.
This was a nice surprise and a break away from the psychological thrillers I normally read. I was captivated by the defining of who the characters are and the experiences that bring it all together in the end. This will have you searching with Paige Meyer for her heritage. When she sends in a DNA test out of curiosity, she receives the result of supposedly who her real fath
Christina Clancy
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alison Hammer writes with such warmth and understanding for her characters that it's hard not to find yourself pulling for them and even feeling like you've made new friends. Here, the "little piece of me" isn's so little--it's a blood test that reveals Paige's father isn't who he thought she was. This book explores what that feels in slo-mo, from discovery to denial to reconciliation with the people closest to her, and it's done so with masterful shifts in time and perspective.

It turns out tha
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