It takes her a few years, but Jan succeeds in making a new life for herself after her husband dies and she loses the hair salon she has owned and operated for over twenty years. With the help and support of her longtime employees, who have become close friends, she finds rewarding work, and becomes part of a new family, Years of often painful, but eventually successful, treatment for leukemia turned Nancy into a dependent, withdrawn stranger, and robbed her twin, nine year old Jan, of her closest friend and constant companion. When, at forty-seven, as orphans, and childless widows, their lives intersect again, Nancy insists that, a very reluctant, Jan take care of her. But Nancy finds a different protector, and Jan’s life is changed in ways that she could never have imagined.
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Jan’s Families by Barb McIntyre is a story about 47-year-old Janice Lynne, or Jan, who is trying to adapt to her new life after the death of her husband, Ian. Jan travels to her sister’s house in Longueuil, Quebec as Nancy insists that Jan takes care of her. Nancy Jane is Jan’s fraternal twin sister. She used to be Jan’s tomboyish, robust sibling, lovingly known as Nan, who was good at telling stories and the one with the ideas that often got them into fun mischief. Everything changed when Nan was diagnosed with leukemia. She endured years of often painful, but eventually successful treatment. Fun-loving Nan became Nancy – a dependent, withdrawn stranger. For Jan, she lost her best friend and gained a weak, irritating sister that she never wanted. Like Jan, Nancy is also a widow. She lost her husband, Bill, in a freak accident. This is a heart-warming story about sisters trying to bond once more and a woman trying to make a new life for herself after a life-changing event. This is a story about relationships and the title, Jan’s Families, is not just about blood-related relationships. I find myself sympathizing with Jan and understand her trepidation regarding her twin sister. On the other hand, Jan, Nancy, and other characters remind us about what people can achieve if they stay resilient and never give up on living. Overall, Barb McIntyre crafted a beautiful story and proves yet again that she definitely is a special gem in the writing industry.