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Family Ties (Sunset Crescent Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 297 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LCPNSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Louise Behiel has lived her entire life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, AB, Canada. She is a mother of three, grandmother of 6, a therapist, manager in health care (yes it's socialized medicine in Canada) and founder of the Calgary Chapter of RWA.

She never wanted to write, never thought of writing, never considered it a viable career option until a break in her studies during her Master's Degree. At a moment when her thesis project was stalled and waiting for input from someone else, a sneaky little voice said "You've read so many books, why don't you write one?" To prove she couldn't write a book, she sat down and wrote 50 pages. And from that day to this, some 14 years later, the urge to write has never left for long.

Louise's latest release is Christmas on the Run, part of the series taking place in Bandit Creek, Montana.

Earlier releases include the first two books in the Sunset Crescent series, Family Ties and Family Lies. Both are set in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and feature families who live on the crescent. Book 3 in the series, Family Values, is planned for early 2013.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2012
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Family Ties is one of the most unique romance novels I've read, with a fascinating, complicated hero, and a very real heroine. Both of these characters are dedicated to doing the right thing, even though they might disagree on what that is. The children in this story come across as real children, not precocious, not brilliant just children with understandable issues under complicated circumstances. The author's voice is energetic and easy to read, with just the right amount of humor and sadness. It's refreshing to read a romance where the characters are attracted to each other in so many other dimensions other than physical. I highly recommend this book and predict a long and successful career for the author.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kristy K. James on April 22, 2012
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I have been stopping by Ms Behiel's blog for awhile now because her posts about different personalities and family dynamics are very interesting. Until yesterday though, I hadn't realized she'd written a book. So I checked it out...and decided it would be the perfect way for me to relax this weekend. It didn't work out quite the way I planned because every time I turned around I was picking the Kindle back up to read some more. And now I have to find something else to do for Sunday.

Family Ties is a romance novel...plus so much more. Andie Bowen, foster mother to four emotionally damaged children, buys a house and moves next door to Gray Mills, who also happens to have some issues going on. Throw in the adorable kids, a cranky neighbor, danger, a couple of mysteries, and you have the perfect combination to keep you guessing for a few hours.

Gray Mills hass, in my opinion, all of the qualities that make for a perfect hero in a romance novel. Strong, physically handsome, caring...with a weakness that makes him more endearing. Andie is the kind of heroine you just want to see have her happily-ever-after. A genuinely nice and loving woman, you'll be rooting for her after the first few pages.

Given how much I enjoy Ms Behiel's blog, I wasn't surprised to find that I loved her story, or that her characters were so well developed. Looking forward to the next two books in her series.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By SSLow on May 30, 2012
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I'm glad I didn't spend money on this book. I read it on a friend's kindle. And yes, I'm glad that I didn't spend money. The story was unoriginal. The hero was boring. There were cliche sayings and the same old thing happening over and over again. It wasn't realistic. The woman, Andie, or was it Angie, since she was called both, doesn't want Gray. Then she does. But she resists some more and finally just gives it all up. I was so annoyed with her. Andie or Angie also "imagined how Gray was in bed." Gray "imagined how Andie or Angie was in bed." Characters continuously "popped mints/food in their mouths." Can we get some creativity please?

Don't even get me started on typos and grammar. Call me crazy but shouldn't an author proofread their book before publishing?
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Humming Bird on May 28, 2012
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The general storyline of the book was a good idea, but I could not get past the typos and grammar errors in the book. The main female character's name is Andie, and I noticed in a spot she was referred to as Angie. There were also spots where there were quotes around description that were not dialogue. There were basic comma errors as well. It got way too distracting for me to enjoy the book.

It was a typical romance novel, with the female and male characters resisting each other at first. There were parts in the book that were really predictable, and parts that moved just way too slow. I found myself skimming the last 25% of the book. I did want to know what was going on with Gray, which was one of the only reasons I continued to read.

If you can get past grammatical errors, go ahead and read the book. However, I feel that if an author puts a book out, they should want to polish it and make sure these simple mistakes get ironed out before publishing it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Al Hankel on April 26, 2012
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This is a book about family dynamics and how they affect individuals. It is well written and moves alongs at a good pace, the characters are interesting and capturing. It is a relaxed evening of sharing time with characters that feel like old friends. Read this book and you can thank me later.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2012
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The fence and the flowers on the cover looked cozy, but Family Ties is not a cozy read. Rather, it is rich with well drawn characters whose personal problems create the kind of conflict that keeps the reader turning the page. Andie is so believable as the foster Mom. Each of the children have their own very understandable problems, and I just wanted to scoop up little Chloe and give her a big hug. And as for next-door-neighbour, Gray, who wouldn't want a neighbour like him? Reading Family Ties is like peeling the proverbial onion. As one layer is peeled away, something else is revealed. As Gray grows closer to Andie, cracks appear in the fabric of his psyche but Andie is there for him all the way. And 'all the way' is done so well, so naturally, so lovingly. Love, is the heart of Family Ties - love for the children, love between Gray and Andie that all grows together to show how love helps heal the most wounded heart. Well done, Ms Behiel. I can't wait for the next Sunset Crescent story.
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