Sometimes beautiful things come from odd pieces of fabric, and it doesn't matter if they're a little tattered. They still keep you warm. Just like family.
Annabelle Hubbard thinks she has good reason to be exhausted all the time: she's the caretaker for three good-hearted but challenging grandkids and a three-legged cat named Ms. Pickles, plus she feels awkward about settling like a charity case into her grandmother's home, now owned by her wealthy cousin Regina in Wichita, Kansas.
Regina and Annabelle have always been close, and Regina doesn't begrudge her beleaguered cousin one bit of help. Family is family! After all, Annabelle supports Regina's romance with silver-haired Wichita attorney Sam Duncan, who encourages Regina to believe in herself again after years with a cheating husband.
But Regina and Annabelle's kinship is put to the test when Annabelle's ex-con son-in-law shows up demanding to get to know his kids.
As Annabelle sets out on a healthy new lifestyle while accepting the romantic advances of a retired coach, Regina wrestles with Sam's marriage proposal, and the dramas of their quickly stitched-together family tug at the seams.
Will this patchwork family survive?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Patchwork Family is a wonderful book! Characters are as real as any living human I've met. They are flawed, but likable as they face and conquer problems familiar to many families. Dogs, cats, kids, and grownups -- I loved them all!
Patchwork Family is a worthy sequel to Feisty Family Values. It is one year later. Tillie and Joe are happily married and Tillie’s breast cancer continues to be in remission. Sam Duncan, Regina’s attorney and boyfriend, who is a dog lover, buys a puppy for Annabelle’s three grandchildren to enjoy and care for. This adds to Ms. Pickles, the three-legged stray cat adopted by Annabelle in the earlier novel. But like real life, there are problems. Annabelle has to be hospitalized for a heart problem. She worries about the welfare of her parentless grandchildren. Regina and Tillie help out until Annabelle is well again. Tad’s basketball coach, Phil Edwards, takes a romantic interest in Annabelle. She is a woman of 66 or 67 and surprised that this kind and attractive widower would want to date her. The influence of Annabelle and her grandchildren living in Regina’s home has had a good effect. Regina opens up and becomes a happier person, less judgmental, snobbish and unyielding. This is symbolized by her new short stylish haircut and her deepening relationship with Sam. Tom Malone, the children’s father, reappears in their lives after being gone for ten years. He has spent five of those years in prison. A reformed alcoholic and drug abuser, he wants a place in his children’s lives. Much happened in this novel to these well-developed, sympathetic characters that kept me turning the pages. I recommend both Family novels to readers. A very satisfying reading experience.