Thursday, December 28, 2023

Book Review: Familia by Lauren E. Rico

Title: Familia
Author: Lauren E. Rico
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: December 25, 2023
Publisher: Kensington

As the fact checker for a popular magazine, Gabby DiMarco believes in absolute, verifiable Truths—until they throw the facts of her own life into question. The genealogy test she took as research for an article has yielded a baffling result: Gabby has a sister—one who’s been desperately trying to find her. Except, as Gabby’s beloved parents would confirm if they were still alive, that’s impossible.

Isabella Ruiz can still picture the face of her baby sister, who disappeared from the streets of San Juan twenty-five years ago. Isabella, an artist, has fought hard for the stable home and loving marriage she has today—yet the longing to find Marianna has never left. At last, she’s found a match, and Gabby has agreed to come to Puerto Rico.

But Gabby, as defensive and cautious as Isabella is impulsive, offers no happy reunion. She insists there’s been a mistake. And Isabella realizes that even if this woman is her sister, she may not want to be.
With nothing—or perhaps so much—in common, Gabby and Isabella set out to find the truth, though it means risking everything they’ve known for an uncertain future—and a past that harbors yet more surprises . . .



*I received an advanced digital copy for free and I am leaving this honest review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Readers,

The Premise for this book is what hooked me and I am fascinated with this happening in real life. I am very happy I read this as Rico's story was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. The one thing I loved the best was the mix of chapters from the present to the past. Ordinarily, I don't like this as it can get hard to navigate through POVs and I get lost and disconnected from the plot, but I had no trouble at all with how Rico presented this. I felt like I was alongside the characters investigating what happened to Marianna and I was just as excited as Isabella but also felt apprehensive like Gabby. Reading as these flawed characters navigated their relationship and emotions was tough, especially in Isabella's chapters as she seemed caught up in her own elation of potentially finding her sister and was rather ignorant of Gabby's feelings.

Overall, an interesting story. 

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