Familiar Ties

Familiar Ties

by Naya Nikki

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ISBN-13: 9780985011550
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: 02/08/2014
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in London, England, Naya Nikki is a student who has spent most of her life taming her creative streak through writing short stories. She has signed her first contract with InkSpell Publishing to publish her first book ‘Familiar Ties.’ The story follows the journey of two single parents whose daughters want nothing more for them than to become a happy family.
She is currently studying a degree of English with Creative Writing that allows her to build her writing career. When she is not at university, Naya loves nothing more than spending time with her parents and grandparents as well as meeting her friends for gossip sessions over some hot coco.

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Familiar Ties 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
arlenadean on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Author: Naya NikkiPublished by: Inkspell PublishingAge Recommend: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRaven Rating: 5Blog Review For: GMTAReview:"Familiar Ties" by Naya Nikki was a sweet wonderful romance. The author did a wonderful job at sharing with us this wonderful well written novel that was narrated over a span of just seven days going from present time to flashbacks of earlier times in their lives. It was definitely a read that I could not put down until the end. This is really a story of romance...filled with friendship, love, family and all of the emotions just pouring out of this wonderful story. Two friends... Max West and Amy Riley that are found raising their two lovely little girls(Phoebe and Grace). Max is a widower (author) and Amy was a ex girlfriend ... who was now with Jack. There are a lot of twist and turns in this novel that will keep you turning the pages to how this author will get these two people (Max and Amy) finally together. Once Max realizes that he can't live without Amy and Amy finally come to realism of what is important in her life....then.... On the fifth anniversary of Max' wife's death and also his daughters' fifth birthday.... will these two people (Max and Amy) realize that they are for each other and they can be a family? This is where I can only say you will have to pick up this excellent novel and then then you will find out.... what a ending! Saying I like this: "Little moments like these when two broken families become one..."The author did a wonderful job at conveying death and grieving, parenting, friendship,heartache and love. You will be made to laugh out loud, smile and maybe even cry at all the happenings in the beautifully written uplifting story. "Familiar Ties" left me saying 'Wow' what a excellent read and I am sure if you pick up this novel you will not be disappointed. I would recommend "Familiar Ties" as a excellent read.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
Familiar Ties is about two people who come together to form a family in the wake of chaos and tragedy. Max is a widower who is left to raise his daughter after his wife passes away giving birth. Amy is the best friend who becomes pregnant after mourning the loss of her best friend. Amy’s boyfriend, Jack, doesn’t want to settle down and be a day, so Amy and Max become each other’s lifeline. They have a past together, because they dated in college. But, the two form a close friendship and help each other raise their daughters. There are a roller coaster of events that threaten the pair and they need to evaluate what they mean to each other and how important they are. It’s such a sweet, heartwarming, feel good story about what family really means. It’s a simple and good story that can be read quickly. *Copy was provided for review.
Vanilla_Orchids More than 1 year ago
Tragedy, Friendship, Family and Love. After the death of Max's wife, Anna, the day that his daughter was born, his life begins to start spiraling out of control. He isn't sure how he can raise their daughter alone and he misses his wife. But he wasn't really alone; Max had his best friend Amy helping him whether he realized it at the time or not. Amy knew, more than anything, that she wanted to be a mother, and when her one-time best friend Anna died, she turned to her boyfriend, who was rarely ever home, for comfort. When she found out she was going to be a mother, it was the happiest day of her life. Unfortunately for Amy, Jack didn't feel the same way. For Jack, what was most important to him was following his dreams. From the moment that Anna died, the tragedy brought Max and Amy closer together for the sake of both of their children. For whatever reasons though, neither one of them would admit how they really felt about the other. For Amy, it was primarily because she wanted what was best for her daughter, even if that was a father that rarely spent time with Grace and was thousands of miles away most of the time. She thought, for Grace's sake, that she needed to try to make things work with Jack. Everything was going pretty well for both Max and Amy until Jack unexpected shows back up in their lives. When Jack realizes that Amy and Grace have feelings for Max beyond just simple friendship, he puts into motion efforts to win Amy over. Familiar Ties is such a sweet, heart-warming story. I found myself reading it into the early morning hours in an attempt to get to the end quicker to find out what happens. The story goes back and forth between present and past events but are easy to follow along with. Just when I thought that a past event wouldn't be touched on, it was. I felt like most everything that you could want to know about Max and Amy's history together was told. About the only thing that I find myself still wondering about is what exactly happened to Anna. You know that Anna died on the day of Phoebe's birth, but it's never specifically stated that she died giving birth. They knew that Anna was at risk with the pregnancy but unless I just don't remember, I can't recall what exactly happened to her. I found myself laughing out loud at times and crying at other times. I really enjoyed the interaction with the kids, and I could see an innocent child saying things like what you'll find in this book. I have to say that even when things weren't going so well for Max or Amy, I envied their lives. The friendships they have, the loving family. I enjoyed being in their world for all the longer it took me to read the book. I can certainly see myself reading Familiar Ties again at some point. Although there were some issues, overall it was a well written story, and I look forward to reading more from Naya Nikki. ** I received an eARC copy of the book from InkSpell Publishing for review.**
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "Familiar Ties" by Naya Nikki was a sweet wonderful romance. The author did a wonderful job at sharing with us this wonderful well written novel that was narrated over a span of just seven days going from present time to flashbacks of earlier times in their lives. It was definitely a read that I could not put down until the end. This is really a story of romance...filled with friendship, love, family and all of the emotions just pouring out of this wonderful story. Two friends... Max West and Amy Riley that are found raising their two lovely little girls(Phoebe and Grace). Max is a widower (author) and Amy was a ex girlfriend ... who was now with Jack. There are a lot of twist and turns in this novel that will keep you turning the pages to how this author will get these two people (Max and Amy) finally together. Once Max realizes that he can't live without Amy and Amy finally come to realism of what is important in her life....then.... On the fifth anniversary of Max' wife's death and also his daughters' fifth birthday.... will these two people (Max and Amy) realize that they are for each other and they can be a family? This is where I can only say you will have to pick up this excellent novel and then then you will find out.... what a ending! Saying I like this: "Little moments like these when two broken families become one..." The author did a wonderful job at conveying death and grieving, parenting, friendship,heartache and love. You will be made to laugh out loud, smile and maybe even cry at all the happenings in the beautifully written uplifting story. "Familiar Ties" left me saying 'Wow' what a excellent read and I am sure if you pick up this novel you will not be disappointed. I would recommend "Familiar Ties" as a excellent read.
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AubrieNH More than 1 year ago
A sentimental journey about second chances and the importance of family and friends. My favorite line: “Little moments like these when the two broken families became one…” Amy Riley has a beautiful daughter, a husband that’s always away following his dreams, and a devoted best friend that needs her more than he knows. Max West is a widower raising his daughter, who happens to be best friends with his ex-girlfriend, Amy Riley. He’s struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife, and how to explain it to his daughter. Told in flashbacks and alternating point of views, Familiar Ties is a sweet romance that deals with big issues: Explaining death to kids, following your dreams verses family responsibilities, tense custody battles, and how an unconventional family can pull together in tough times. Past, present, and future converge in a nicely woven tapestry of special, life-changing moments in each character’s life. This dreamy, melancholy journey will make you laugh, cry, and jump for joy.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Naya Nikki's debut novel, Familiar Ties, spans seven days filled with love, pain, and happiness. This heartfelt story follows Max and Amy as they navigate the past to find each other in the present. Spurred on by the love Max's daughter, Phoebe, has for Amy's daughter, Grace, the two families struggle to define what they truly are to each other. Nikki did an excellent job of setting off the waves of emotion pouring out of this story. The characters and their problems weren't overly dramatic, but realistic enough to get a rise out of readers. Both Max and Amy were classic in their denial of the attraction they felt for one another. I'm surprised they stayed in the best friends zone for as long as they did. The little instances where Phoebe and Grace treated them like a real family are something to smile about. Their innocence and longing for a stable family, with both a loving father and mother, really showed the root of what Familiar Ties is all about. The road to happiness was indeed a rocky one, but I think the struggle the characters all faced was needed for the ending to be appreciated more. Familiar Ties is truly an uplifting story and I'm so happy to have been given the chance to review it. Every page captured my attention and left residual feelings of satisfaction after the last one. *eArc provided for blog tour*
ShilpaMudiganti More than 1 year ago
There are books that leave an impression on you long after they are finished. Familiar Ties is one of them. It cling to me long after I finished the book. I had read this book couple of months back (ARC) and I can still feel the warmth between Max and Amy. The whole family practically glowed with love and I found myself basking the glory of their love. The trials and tribulations were heartfelt but so natural that I found myself nodding. I cried, i laughed and rejoiced with the family over their small wins and losses. Naya has a way with emotions thats hard to describe. I have read her short story "Coming Together" as well and it gave out the same glow to me. She writes from heart and has a bright future in writing. Its unique and quite homey. A must read for anyone who is looking for some cuddling and warm love.