Something Like Family

Something Like Family

by Heather Burch


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Abandoned by his mother when he was young, twenty-two-year-old Rave Wayne knows all about loss. That doesn’t mean he’s used to it. After he’s dumped by the girlfriend he assumed he’d spend his life with, Rave is longing more than ever to connect.

Then, as if by miracle, he receives an invitation from his grandfather, a man he thought was long gone, to come for a visit in rural Tennessee. Loyal, honest, and loving, dear old Tuck is everything Rave could have hoped for. He’s family. Soon, Rave finds himself falling for a down-to-earth local girl, and he thinks his life is finally coming together.

But the past isn’t through with Rave. When his mother returns after many long years, looking to reconcile the terrible mistakes that once defined her, Rave struggles to put together the unsettled pieces of his heart. Will this once-estranged family be able to come together to understand the meaning of unconditional love, the fragile bonds of family, and the healing power of letting go?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542045780
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 765,189
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Heather Burch is the bestselling author of the novels One Lavender Ribbon, Along the Broken Road, and Down the Hidden Path, as well as several acclaimed young adult novels. One Lavender Ribbon was in the top 100 bestselling books of 2014 on Amazon. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Booklist, Romantic Times, and Publishers Weekly. Heather’s deeply emotional novels explore family, love, hope, and the challenges of life. She tells unforgettable stories of love and loss—stories that make your heart sigh. Heather lives in southern Florida with her husband and has two grown sons who are the light of her life.

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Something Like Family 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Laeljeanne More than 1 year ago
Rave Wayne meets the grandfather he thought was dead, and he comes to appreciate the solidity and sincerity of Tuck Wayne, who does his best to convince Rave to forgive his drug addict mother. While settling into a new life in a small town with his grandfather, disruptions force Rave to grow and learn unconditional love as he plans a war memorial in tribute to his veteran grandfather. Though a bit repetitive throughout, this is a touching story of complex family relationships, where ties are severed, dynamics shift, and regrets are lived out. Burch’s writing flows like rich hot chocolate, assuring the reader that no matter what the circumstances, warmth will bring the characters home, where they belong. Fans of feel-good, coming-home-to-roost, family-oriented stories, with emphasis on military veterans, will enjoy this book and this author’s work. I received this heartwarming novel from the author for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tuck Wayne lives by Lake Tears in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Getting old now, he misses his wife, Millie, who passed away 10 years ago. Their daughter, Sharon, had always done what she wanted and she took off years ago. Tuck knows that he has a grandson but does not know where he is. So, today, he has decided to get a Private Investigator to try and find him. Rave Wayne lives in Tampa, Florida and is looking forward to his 22nd birthday. He works bussing tables at a diner and trying to save all the money he can. He cares for a girl named Ashley and her young son, Daniel, who has become the light of his life. Rave has been in trouble a number of times in his life and is trying to “keep his nose clean." So, when the detective finds him and offers him money to go meet his grandfather, he accepts. Tuck has become a bit of a hoarder since his wife died and his house is crammed with junk. When he and Rave finally meet, they take to one another and Tuck decides to stay in the town. He meets the locals and becomes friends with them. One of Tucks habits is what he calls his memorial meetings where he toasts friends he lost in the Vietnam War. This is very special to him and he insists that Rave never miss a meeting. The story intertwines people from the town and others that Tuck knows. This is a warm story, I’m sure readers will enjoy. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story that touches the heart. Tears flowed while reading this one. Forgiveness and love are found as the characters deal with their own unique circumstances. They are brought together through family bonds, friendship bonds, health issues and more. Family is found in many different ways. The reference to rocking chairs will always stay with me. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my personal honest opinion of the story.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this book. It is a beautifully written story of love, love of family, past mistakes, forgiveness, and redemption. Rave has had a very hard life. His mom Sharon is a drug addict who just up and leaves him when he is 17. His grandfather Tuck hires a PI to find him and Rave goes to meet Tuck. Tuck served in the Vietnam War and holds a memorial twice a month for his fallen soldiers. Tuck reminds us to always remember our fallen soldiers. Rave starts a new life with Tuck. Both Tuck and Rave learn what family means and how much they mean to one another. I laughed and I cried while I read this book. "Love is always enough. It's the mortar that holds life together." These are my favorite lines from the book and I feel like they sum up the book perfectly. Thank you so very much to Heather Burch, NetGalley, and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of this book for an honest review.
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
A book with heart, truth and sadness mixed in. "Love is always enough. It is the mortar that holds life together." This is a beautiful novel about a family finding each other after 20 years. They must trust each other again, to love and help one another as they move forward together. I adored this touching book. * You will need tissues.* Thank you to Heather Burch and netgalley for allowing me to read and provide and honest review of this wonderful novel. I continue to think about all of these people who made up this book. Hoping for a sequel.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
I love the many layers and storytelling of "Something Like Family" by Heather Burch, Lake Union Publishing, 2017. I appreciate that the author deals with relevant issues of Veterans of War and Drug addiction and the effects on family members. The Genres of this story are Women's Fiction and Fiction. The story takes place mostly in the present, in a small town where everyone knows you and helps each other out. Neighbors look out for one another. The characters can be described as complex and complicated. Rave Wayne is a young man who has been abandoned by his drug addicted mother for years, and has no idea if she is alive or dead. Although Rave is bitter and angry he befriends a young woman who is pregnant ,who has a son. Rave helps and comes to love the little boy. Rave and this woman enter into a relationship, until she ends it. Rave again feels abandoned. The author describes dysfunctional families. At the same time his Grandfather Tuck has been looking to reunite. Rave didn't know that he had a Grandfather that is alive and heads to the small town. Rave is one of my favorite characters. He shows compassion, helpfulness, courage, and growth. The author writes about abandonment, betrayal, loyalty, memories, forgiveness, courage, love and hope. I appreciate that the author also writes about friends, neighbors, and family. What is a family? I enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it. There are some Kleenex moments. I received an ARC of this novel for my honest review.
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as soon as I started it. It was almost like the further you read, the more layers of emotions were felt. I could not put it down. It is truly a wonderful family story that encompasses all the ups and downs of what it means to be family.