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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,727 ratings  ·  460 reviews
Flora Donovan udlever sin drøm som blomsterhandler i New York, men hun gemmer på en hemmelighed bag sin sprudlende optimisme.
Flora er ensom. Hun mistede sine forældre som barn og har altid haft fornemmelsen af ikke at høre til nogen steder … lige indtil hun møder Jack Parker. Han er den første mand, der ser hende rigtigt, og det ændrer hele hendes liv.
Floras hjerte bløde
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 19th 2021 by HarperCollins (first published March 26th 2020)
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Sarah Morgan's latest offering features elements of romance, but it is distinctly background material as the nature of family, grief, love and the consequent trials, tribulations and joys of a new blended family are firmly at the forefront. With a florist mother obsessed with flowers, it probably comes as no surprise that she is named Flora, but Flora's life has been shaped by a desperate loneliness since her mother died when she was 8 years old. She was taken in by an cold aunt who never shied ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
With a cover like this one, how can that not set the scene for a great summer read? I love the cover! Family for Beginners does make for a great summer read and doesn't require much from readers expect your favourite place to read it with your favourite beverage.

Family for Beginners explores loss, belonging, acceptance and family in a lighter, more dramatic way this dark emotional reader is used to. It provided an emotional response from me that had me feeling a few emotions for the family in t
What a gem! Sarah Morgan always writes such beautiful stories that warm my heart. This is such a lovely story about grief, new beginnings, and family dynamics. Flora as always been a little lonely, felt a little like an outsider. Her mother died when she was eight years old and she was sent to live with her Aunt who was more interested in her career than raising Flora. Izzy is 17 and still grieving the death of her mother. When Flora shows up to dinner with her father Jack, Izzy is none too plea ...more
Flora Donovan is a florist (a florist named Flora, right?) living a single life in New York City but not the one her married and partner-committed friends think she is. She’s very lonely and doesn’t have much of a social life despite her efforts to create one. She’s orphaned and doesn’t even have family to lean into and has a real thirst for being part of one. Then Jack Parker walks into the shop and life changes in that moment for both of them. He’s a widower with two daughters and it’s the fir ...more
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Clare was so far out of her comfort zone she couldn’t have found her way back with a compass or SatNav.

Her mother had always emphasized that life was what you made of it, but Flora couldn’t help thinking that what you made depended on the raw ingredients you were given. Even the best chef couldn’t do much with moldy vegetables.

A teenager is a unique and unpredictable animal. They adapt to their surroundings… Which, now that I think about it, is probably the definition of a virus,
Books Just 4 Me
3.5⭐️Flora was seeking someone to love her, accept her and include her. She was craving the family life she missed out on as a child. She meets Jack, a widower, with two children who are still very much grieving their mother. They fall for each other but have to overcome barriers to stay together. For the first half of the book, Flora’s character was like-able but frustrating since she was defined by her people-pleasing personality. This was a slow burn romance focusing much more on family dynam ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Sarah Morgan takes us on a rollercoaster of love, loss, grief and new beginnings in her latest offering and it was very much a case of perseverance through the earlier chapters paying dividends.

description Life is like a garden, don’t you think? Sometimes glorious, and sometimes a disaster. It’s messy, but always real.”

Flora is a bit of a loner, a beautiful soul who simply yearns to love and be loved, something that becomes a reality when she meets widower, Jack adjusting to life as a single dad to a
A beautiful story about the complexities of family, friendship and grief. I loved this book. A must read for fans of women's fiction.

My favorite quote:
"Life is like a garden, don't you think? Sometimes glorious, and sometimes a disaster. It's messy, but always real. And sometimes all we can do is forge ahead, and if that means flattening a few daisies on the way, then so be it."
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
This was a slow read for me. It was a good story with some romance and some drama and a little bit of sadness due to loss. I'm glad that I picked up a copy. I just wished that I had connected with the characters. ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A FAMILY FOR BEGINNERS has got to be the best feel good story I have read in a long time. Flora Donovan works in a floral shop and is extremely lonely but no one knows this about her. Flora has no family. Her mom died when she was young and she was brought up by her aunt. An aunt who made it clear that she wasn’t really wanted. Then Flora meets Jack. Jack has lost his wife, the saintly Becca, who is everything Flora is not. His children are afraid Flora is trying to take their mother’s place. We ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant, sweet, and undeniably heartwarming!

Family for Beginners is an evocative, captivating tale that delves into the complex bonds and emotional ties between family members and immerses you in a tale about confronting the past, accepting the things you cannot change, following your heart, learning to trust, and embracing the future.

The prose is smooth and polished. The characters are lonely, sorrowful, and conflicted. And the story is an exceptionally absorbing tale about life, loss, love, g
Rachel Gilbey
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story about love and family relationships.

Another absolutely cracking read from Sarah Morgan, I still don't think I've read a book by her that I haven't loved, and this is cream of the crop.

I read the prologue just before I went to bed, and it definitely had me intrigued, and keen to read more once I was more awake. And then the next time I picked up the book the following lunchtime, I read about half in one sitting which should give an indicator on how absorbed I was in the writing,
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 30plus-romance
I swear, Sarah Morgan is one of the best authors out there for characterization! She weaves together these interesting and well-paces stories with characters who feel like real people and go on journeys of personal growth and love. Family for Beginners is no different. I loved everything about it.

Flora is a single woman with a traumatic past who has always tried to form herself into a person other people will love, but with little success. She's orphaned and lonely, longing for a real family. Un
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flora Donovan has her ideal job, as a florist but her bubbly exterior hides her true loneliness. Then one day she meets Jack Parker and her life begins to change. the Only hurdle, his teenage daughter Izzy, who doesn't really want her father finding another woman yet, after the loss of her mother. When Jack starts seeing Flora then invites her on their summer holiday, things really take off. 
Oh goodness!! This was another fabulous story by Sarah Morgan. I just love her writing style, the emotion
2020 Ripped Bodice Bingo: I'm on a Boat

Oh, I really enjoyed this, which is especially nice since the last few Morgans have been so so-so for me. But this got the emotion of everything down really well. There was too much drawing out the big "secret," but this basically feels like a token complaint for me and book these days, sigh.

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Jen Ryland
This was an engaging book about blended families, the longing for family, and the realization that no families are perfect.

Flora is a florist (ha!) who meets a handsome guy one day as he comes into the shop where she works to buy flowers for his daughters. He's a widower, and they start spending time together. Before long, she's his girlfriend and meeting his two daughters.

Flora doesn't think she knows anything about families, as she was orphaned as a child. She certainly doesn't know anything
Two of my favourite locations in one book New York and the Lake District. The story flows nicely and takes you through the highs and lows of a modern family with many twists and turns along the way.
Kathryn in FL
This a pleasurable lighthearted read. I don't know about you but sometimes I just need a nice story with a happy ending to cleanse my reading palate. Lately, I have been turning more to this heartwarming genre to lift my mood. This did its job delightfully.

Flora is a bit of a recluse, who adores flowers and works as a florist bringing joy to others. Jack and she meet at the Florist where she works and things start to sizzle. Jack lost his wife to a brain aneurysm a year prior and he is captivate
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Morgan's books are special. I waited for a special day to read and review this.

Emotions seeped into the words as each of the characters show their side of the story. There was a bit of mystery too as the story started with Jack's wife's best friend reading and burning up a letter with a secret which was linked well later.

The story then moved on to Flora who was Jack's new love and her adjustment with his children. Trials and tribulations dogged her steps as she tried to find her place in
Kate Olson
(free review copy) Oh, I just loved this one! I've read almost everything that Morgan has written and this was one of my favorites. I loved the romance and the family back stories and the friendship storylines and the settings. ALL OF IT. I inhaled the book in one afternoon/evening :-) ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2020; HQN/Harlequin

I will admit when I first started Family for Beginners I wasn’t sure I would love it. Flora, a florist, (love it!) seemed so weak as the love story with widower, Jack. We didn’t get the moments they started to fall in love, and I felt like it was rushed. Flora is soon meeting Jack’s two daughters. That is where the story grew for me and I melted into the story. The love story was the main plot, it was the story of Flora and Izzy (Jack’s 17 year old daughter) l
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Flora Donovan is working in a florist shop, living the dream, so her friends think. She is actually a very lonely woman who just wants a family. When her mother died when she was only 8, she was raised by her single aunt, who never wanted children. Flora never felt loved and wanted and when her aunt died, she sold the home to pay medical bills and moved into a very small, very decrepit apartment and works doing what she loves, designing floral bouquets. When Jack Parker, a customer looking for s ...more
Terri Wino
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2020
3-1/2 stars

My review has some minor spoilers, so continue reading at your own risk.

This was a story chock-full of emotional moments. Flora, who has never really had a family of her own, meets Jack, a widower with two daughters who are all still feeling the loss of Becca. Jack's older daughter Izzy is none too pleased that her father is dating anyone.

The book is told alternately from the viewpoints of Flora and Izzy, with an occasional chapter from Becca's life-long friend, Clare. Through these c
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am a total Sarah Morgan fangirl. As soon as I read the prologue, I'm getting loads of Liane Moriarty vibes. Multiple narrators, a secret that's bubbling beneath the surface & families dealing with heartache & loss. I just love this book.

Sarah Morgan is able to write about heavier
Such a lovely story about love and loss and family and honesty. I thought the author wrote Izzy beautifully. She could have come across as a brat but my heart ached for her. Such well written , multidimensional characters.
Sarah Morgan does it again with "Family For Beginners"!! A story about family, loss, grief, and new beginnings. Gosh I really loved this one about a new blended family! Flora was orphaned at 8 years old when her mother died and was taken in by her aunt. Her aunt always made her not feel welcome in her family, and Flora grew up very lonely. Flora meets a widower, Jack and is now feeling everything she has ever wanted!! Jack has 2 girls, Izzy and Molly! Molly is more open to letting Flora Into the ...more
Wonderful heartwarming and uplifting family. Characters so delightful, family, friendship, trials, secrets, fears and so much more. Wisdom too!
Shaz Goodwin
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Family for Beginners was over far too soon! I loved all the characters and was reluctant to let them go …

Flora, using an old strategy to try and fit in and failing miserably; Izzy, drifting further from her friends in her grief and taking on the nurturing role in the family; Molly (she’s simply adorable), who is withdrawn and doesn’t do the things she used to love; Clare, with her moral dilemma and Jack, who needs a woman like Flora to make him realise the
Sudesna Ghosh
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No amount of words can describe how beautiful this book was. Sarah has such a keen understanding of human nature. The story touched my heart.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arcs
Another gem from Sarah Morgan. I turn to this author when I need an absorbing read that will draw me in and absorb me into the life of the characters. I felt for the female characters in the book... Flora, Izzy and Molly and best friend Claire.

Mostly set in Brooklyn and in the latter part in the beautiful Lake District, this is a book that makes you look under the skin of what’s going on and analyse the relationships. Some of the book was more melancholy than I’d have liked but ultimately it wa
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USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes romance and contemporary women's fiction and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

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