Title: Family Affair
Author: Tricia Sol
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: December 14th 2016
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The holidays are not a pleasant time for Benjamin Taylor, who lost his mother to several years of illness just after Thanksgiving. With no other family, and no friends left after caring for his mother took all his time, he goes through her things wanting only to get an unhappy job done. But in doing so he finds he may not be so alone after all, and decides to make a trip to the tiny town of Wesley, the small English town his mother hailed from, in search of the family he didn’t know he had.
This was a decent read from a new to me author.
While Benjamin, the main protagonist, is sorting out his deceased mother’s possessions, she finds photos and other memorabilia that lead him to believe that he’s not as alone as he thought to be. Determined to find more living relatives, he decides to visit his mother’s hometown. And this is how his adventure begins.
There are some good qualities in this story. I liked the small town setting and its people. The mystery surrounding Benjamin’s mom and her life until she left the small town of Wesley kept my interest alive. I also found the second MC to be a pretty interesting character.
The problem for me was that there wasn’t enough romance. In my books, I like the focus to be on the couple, and this wasn’t the case here. Benjamin’s exploration of his parents’ past took too much space, although the MCs eventually spend some quality time together. I just hope there were less details about places and people, and more romance between the characters.