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What does it mean to be a family? New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge's engaging new novel is a powerful adventure into the heart of marriage, motherhood, and four friends who discover they may be the best family they ever had. Fifteen years after graduation, best friends Jay, Franny, Emerson, and Stevie meet at their college reunion. Life has taken each of t What does it mean to be a family? New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge's engaging new novel is a powerful adventure into the heart of marriage, motherhood, and four friends who discover they may be the best family they ever had. Fifteen years after graduation, best friends Jay, Franny, Emerson, and Stevie meet at their college reunion. Life has taken each of them in different directions -- Jay is a married man with a baby on the way while Franny yearns for a child as she searches for love in all the wrong places. Divorced single mom Emerson is drawn to a man who challenges everything she's come to believe about finding a once-in-a-lifetime love. And Stevie's life has recently been rocked by a shocking revelation -- the answer to a family secret that will shatter everything she believes about herself. Now the bond between the foursome takes a surprising twist, one that changes how each feels about family and friendship. One thing is certain: They will all find their heart's desires in the last place they imagine -- as they discover that family is less about blood ties than the warm embrace of ones who accept them as they are. "Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave," praises Nora Roberts -- and nowhere do Goudge's bestselling storytelling talents shine brighter than in Immediate Family.


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What does it mean to be a family? New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge's engaging new novel is a powerful adventure into the heart of marriage, motherhood, and four friends who discover they may be the best family they ever had. Fifteen years after graduation, best friends Jay, Franny, Emerson, and Stevie meet at their college reunion. Life has taken each of t What does it mean to be a family? New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge's engaging new novel is a powerful adventure into the heart of marriage, motherhood, and four friends who discover they may be the best family they ever had. Fifteen years after graduation, best friends Jay, Franny, Emerson, and Stevie meet at their college reunion. Life has taken each of them in different directions -- Jay is a married man with a baby on the way while Franny yearns for a child as she searches for love in all the wrong places. Divorced single mom Emerson is drawn to a man who challenges everything she's come to believe about finding a once-in-a-lifetime love. And Stevie's life has recently been rocked by a shocking revelation -- the answer to a family secret that will shatter everything she believes about herself. Now the bond between the foursome takes a surprising twist, one that changes how each feels about family and friendship. One thing is certain: They will all find their heart's desires in the last place they imagine -- as they discover that family is less about blood ties than the warm embrace of ones who accept them as they are. "Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave," praises Nora Roberts -- and nowhere do Goudge's bestselling storytelling talents shine brighter than in Immediate Family.

30 review for Immediate Family

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana Parker

    Wonderful, fast read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sierra Lirette

    A lot of characters to keep up with, but a good story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    You’ve read this story before. Four friends from college that stayed friends in life and some major life changing events brings them even closer together. I can’t remember if it was a reunion that brought them together or they never really separated. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. This story worked out a bit too picture perfect for my liking. I do like books with loads of friends though. The life I wish I had. ANYWAY. The book starts with Girl #1 who is an entertainment reporter in Los An You’ve read this story before. Four friends from college that stayed friends in life and some major life changing events brings them even closer together. I can’t remember if it was a reunion that brought them together or they never really separated. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. This story worked out a bit too picture perfect for my liking. I do like books with loads of friends though. The life I wish I had. ANYWAY. The book starts with Girl #1 who is an entertainment reporter in Los Angeles and doesn’t know who her father is and her hippie mother finally tells her that the musician in the news for killing an old girlfriend is her father. She sneaks into his house and for some reason, he accepts her quickly. So freakin’ weird. Girl #2 seems fairly normal, but realizes she wants a baby so the wife of her best friend from college (Dude) who is pregnant already, suggests that Dude donate his sperm to Girl #2. Another, so freakin’ weird. Wife ends up loosing the baby and she and Dude end up separating. While Girl #2 is pregnant with Dudes baby, she meets a guy, a friend of Girl #1’s and they have a long distance relationship as she is in NY and he is in LA. Guys that like pregnant girls whose kid isn’t theirs really weirds me out, especially since we have been told all our lives that men freak out about kids, why would you want one that isn’t even yours? I hate shit like this. Of course, Girl #2 and Dude get together. Girl #3 is way upper-class and gets together with the nurse (male, black) of her mothers who is one of those upper-class bougie people. This whole story didn’t really have much to do with the other three, but I think I liked it best, even though the mother tries to get rid of the nurse, because he is in the country as a student anyway. It would have been better if he really had done something wrong, but at the same time, would have been so predictable. The whole book was like one lucky shiny penny to these people, everything worked out for them in the end. Blah. Grade: C-

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I didn't like this book. I thought the writing was bad, the plot too predictable, and everything turned out too perfectly in the end. I didn't like this book. I thought the writing was bad, the plot too predictable, and everything turned out too perfectly in the end.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Could not get into this book and stopped at page 75. Too many characters introduced right away. The women and their relationships are so dumb, I knew I'd hate them even more if I kept reading! Could not get into this book and stopped at page 75. Too many characters introduced right away. The women and their relationships are so dumb, I knew I'd hate them even more if I kept reading!

  6. 5 out of 5

    LittleDeadRedGoddessPersephone

    4.25 out of 5 stars I normally don't read a lot of romance heavy books unless they were books I read years ago and still love. I do have a few guilty pleasures but this one interested me because for one thing about long time friends and I do have a soft spot for that kind of story. One of my favorite movies is "The Big Chill" so that tells you the kind of stories I like. This was a very quick and easy read. I started it on a Saturday night and was finished by Sunday. I actually think this was the 4.25 out of 5 stars I normally don't read a lot of romance heavy books unless they were books I read years ago and still love. I do have a few guilty pleasures but this one interested me because for one thing about long time friends and I do have a soft spot for that kind of story. One of my favorite movies is "The Big Chill" so that tells you the kind of stories I like. This was a very quick and easy read. I started it on a Saturday night and was finished by Sunday. I actually think this was the perfect kind of book to read during this very stressful time. Jay,Stevie,Franny and Emmerson have been friends since they met at Princeton. After graduation each went their own way and all have very successful careers. Their love lives have not always been so great though. Every main character was likable and each had their own distinctive voice. Yes, there is romance but this is more than a story about romance. It is about friendship as well!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    As I was reading this book, I felt like I'd read it before....I think I may have, back before I joined Goodreads. It also had echoes of a recent Diane Chamberlain book I've read....it was a re-issue of an old book, first published as Private Relations...Secrets at The Beach House (I think) This book wasn't bad, but just wasn't great.... As I was reading this book, I felt like I'd read it before....I think I may have, back before I joined Goodreads. It also had echoes of a recent Diane Chamberlain book I've read....it was a re-issue of an old book, first published as Private Relations...Secrets at The Beach House (I think) This book wasn't bad, but just wasn't great....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Story of 4 friends who each find their heart's desire at the last place imagined. Story of 4 friends who each find their heart's desire at the last place imagined.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Neylon

    Didn’t finish it, just lost interest.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anita Smith

    So sacchariny that I got a toothache.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Inchley

    I read this during my lunch break at work. Was a simple easy read though it was predictable. It would also be a good beach book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Bazzett-Griffith

    This book was very "meh". Because there were so many characters, I felt disconnected from all of them. I also could not see why these very different women would be lifelong friends, considering they had little in common. The many separate plot lines made it feel more like a soap opera than a regular novel, and though I kept reading to see how it turned out, how it turned out was truly as predictable as it seemed from the beginning. Disappointing, but not terrible. Two stars. This book was very "meh". Because there were so many characters, I felt disconnected from all of them. I also could not see why these very different women would be lifelong friends, considering they had little in common. The many separate plot lines made it feel more like a soap opera than a regular novel, and though I kept reading to see how it turned out, how it turned out was truly as predictable as it seemed from the beginning. Disappointing, but not terrible. Two stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Synova

    This was a random book I picked up at Borders on a whim. It's the story of 4 college friends, 15 years or so after their college graduation. It flips back and forth between all four of their lives... very enjoyable characters, but since it flips back and forth so much, I felt like I didn't get to know them very well. This was a random book I picked up at Borders on a whim. It's the story of 4 college friends, 15 years or so after their college graduation. It flips back and forth between all four of their lives... very enjoyable characters, but since it flips back and forth so much, I felt like I didn't get to know them very well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I would really give this book a 3 and a half. I liked it and it was a quick read, but some of the characters bothered me a little. I know everyone has their issues, but the characters in this book make the issues there they are facing take over their whole lives. I know that I am saying this because I am not facing those issues. All in all I liked the book and I would recommend it to my friends.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This must have been a really great book to me since I have no recollection of even reading it. Wow. I usually will at least remember if I liked something, even if I don't remember every plot detail. I'm giving it two stars because I did finish it, but not more than that since I don't remember it. This must have been a really great book to me since I have no recollection of even reading it. Wow. I usually will at least remember if I liked something, even if I don't remember every plot detail. I'm giving it two stars because I did finish it, but not more than that since I don't remember it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nat H

    Loved it up until the last quarter of the book. In a way, I should say I saw most of the ending coming, but I really hoped it wasn't as predictable while everyone got everything they wanted. Emerson and Stevie were my favorite characters, as I resonated the most with Emerson's and her mother's relationship Loved it up until the last quarter of the book. In a way, I should say I saw most of the ending coming, but I really hoped it wasn't as predictable while everyone got everything they wanted. Emerson and Stevie were my favorite characters, as I resonated the most with Emerson's and her mother's relationship

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristin R

    A light and entertaining book about 4 college friends (from Princeton) as they meet at their college reunion and the few years that follow. 3 live in NY and on in LA, their ups and downs with their love lives and families.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A great beach read about friends hooking up, having babies and moving on with their lives. Fantastic Chick-Lit!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I have really enjoyed other books by this author, but this book was a disappointment. Too many books that are better to waste time on this book, though it was an easy read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    Good, but not the best!

  21. 5 out of 5

    annelies

    Fun, very fast read... Looks like total trash, but is actually decent.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Chick lit about 4 friends from college 15 years after graduation. All the plot lines were a bit implausible and neatly wrapped up, but it was an entertaining read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This was pretty good. I don't feel compelled to run out and find more books by this author, however. It was enjoyable, light reading though. This was pretty good. I don't feel compelled to run out and find more books by this author, however. It was enjoyable, light reading though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karyn

    I wanted to give this author a second try. I think it will be my last. She develops characters well; however, the characters have no character. :-)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Good story about friendship but found it predictable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen Benson

    A little hokey and pretty predictable, but still a decent read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    It seemed like some thing happened way to fast in the book, but at the same time, they made for a nice plot.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Crapass chicklit with unlikeable characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    Four college friends find their lives still touching each other's fifteen years after their Princeton graduation. Although somewhat predictable, this book wasn't a bad read. Four college friends find their lives still touching each other's fifteen years after their Princeton graduation. Although somewhat predictable, this book wasn't a bad read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Didn't like this one as well as her other book. These characters were a little too self-centered. Very predictable plot. Didn't like this one as well as her other book. These characters were a little too self-centered. Very predictable plot.

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