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From the bestselling author of Digging In comes a witty and moving novel about motherhood, courage, and finding true family.

With a dissolving marriage, strained finances, and her life in flux, Ally Anderson longs for normal. Her greatest concerns, though, are the health problems of her young daughter, Kylie. Symptoms point to a compromised immune system, but every doctor they’ve seen has a different theory. Then comes hope for some clarity.

It’s possible that Kylie’s illness is genetic, but Ally is adopted. A DNA test opens up an entirely new path. And where it leads is a surprise: to an aunt Ally never knew existed. She’s a little wild, very welcoming, and ready to share more of the family history than Ally ever imagined.

Coping with a skeptical soon-to-be-ex husband, weathering the cautions of her own resistant mother, and getting maddeningly close to the healing Kylie needs, Ally is determined to regain control of her life. This is her chance to embrace uncertainty and the beauty of family - both the one she was born into and the one she chose.

©2020 Loretta Nyhan (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Loretta Nyhan has a knack for creating colorful characters with emotional depth and sharp wit. The Other Family is a heart-warming story of what it means to be family and the sacrifices we make for those we love. Nyhan weaves together sensitive and tender moments, delivering a flawless tale of faith, understanding, and perseverance.” (Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today best-selling author of Somebody’s Daughter)

“Through the eyes of Ally Anderson, a delightfully vulnerable and surprisingly powerful woman who will stop at nothing on her quest to cure her daughter’s mysterious illness, Nyhan redefines the traditional boundaries of family and reminds us that strength can be displayed in unexpected and unusual ways. I loved every minute of this book and its cast of lovable, eccentric people--don’t miss it!” (Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Whisper Me This and Everything You Are)

“Ally Anderson has a problem any parent can relate to: she’ll do anything to save her daughter’s life. Kylie has severe allergies that seem to be getting worse. When Ally enlists the help of an unconventional doctor who has a protocol that might help, she finds more than she bargained for as she embarks on a journey that leads her to her birth family as well as a new philosophy of life and love. Written with Loretta Nyhan’s trademark humor and compassion, The Other Family is a beautiful, suspenseful story of hope standing up to fear in a world where we never have the control we wish for.” (Maddie Dawson, best-selling author of Matchmaking for Beginners)

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  • Amber Hulet
  • 03-06-2020

It was fair

The premise of the story was pretty good, but so much annoyed me about it.
1. I prefer my feel good stories to not have a political agenda. This one was full of PC propaganda and innuendos.
2. The divorce was a joke. Their fights were more disagreements, I felt like it was more because things got hard & they didn’t want to work at it. It also never talked about how devastating divorce is on kids. Their daughter just floated around like it was the most normal thing in the world.
3. The adoptive mother was completely selfish. She never once considered what her daughter may feel about finding her blood family and did nothing but lay on the undeserved guilt.
Ultimately, this book was full of self-righteous, selfish people. The only character that I really liked was the aunt & uncle.

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  • Linda Reads
  • 11-04-2020

More than disappointed

What could have been an interesting subject for a novel (finding the source of a child’s chronic health problems) became so irritating because of the mother. I wondered how much she contributed to her daughter’s problems. Maybe it’s not the kind of subject you can treat humorously. The narrator of the audiobook contributed to the problem. The voices she used for the numerous characters were so exaggerated that it was like hearing someone reading to a group of children at story hour. Their voices ranged from “the big bad wolf” to the “poor helpless child”, not like voices you would hear in the real world.

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  • Martine
  • 06-06-2021

Like staring at a bad car accident!

I kept expecting it to get better. It didn't! What a waste of time! I should have given up when my instincts told me it was going to be a stinker! If I could have given it a zero star, I would have, both for the story and narration! Most of the characters were self-absorbed, like 'have they made provisions for a vegan choice?'!!! The world does not NEED to cater to the vast minority!

And the voices were unbelievably irritating much of the time. There were times when Kylie was so exaggeratedly whiney that I just wanted to cover my ears! Also, for a child with such an advanced vocabulary and jaded sense of martyrdom, she vacillated ridiculously from sounding way too precocious to sounding like a toddler! Very inconsistent! Another reviewer was exactly right, that part of the problem probably emanated from the mother!

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  • klderosier
  • 03-03-2021

Sweet story about family

This was a sweet story about family, biological or otherwise. It touched on some alternative medicine for allergy treatments which I found interesting as I have a friend who went through some similar treatments with success. While the story centered around the situation with the daughter’s allergies, it really touched on friendship, trust in others as well as yourself, and the bond that is family. I would recommend this book.

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  • Suzin
  • 22-11-2020

Thoughtful!

Thoughtful. As a mom whose child has experienced much of this it hit so close to home! It made me laugh and cry. From start to finish I was hooked!

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  • Michael
  • 05-07-2020

Maudlin & Repetitive & Maudlin & Repetitive

I LOVED Digging In, so I was really disappointed with this book. The main character was whiney, so the narrator may have done the best she could with the material she was given. The character also makes sweeping declarative statements about parenting a child who is chronically and sometimes critically ill. Having been one of those parents, I don't find to be particularly accurate. I recommend taking a pass on this book, and getting Digging In if you haven't already heard it.

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  • Brandi M.
  • 28-05-2020

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I absolutely loved this book!! So many lessons on love, patience and understanding! Healing on so many levels!!

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  • Muggle Mom
  • 16-05-2020

Realistic DNA outcome

Interesting storytelling about how DNA testing doesn’t always have life-shattering or overdramatic changes that create false narratives on the bounds of what we call family. In this case, DNA testing is initially done purely to help with medical research into allergies with a side of curiosity into the identity of actual birth parents. Thankfully, this was done creatively where the info has an equal balance of realistic expectations and realistic outcomes.

Tho the daughter, Kylie, I did not believe a kid of her age would act so mature or level headed about her medical problems.

A lighthearted and worthwhile story that I feel is one of the better stories about DNA testing scenarios.

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  • Thelma
  • 17-04-2020

Wonderful BOOK!!!

Great story!! this is what I need for these crazy times not only was light but also was heart-melting and very moving.

Ally's life takes a very different path when she separates from her husband, trying to find a balance in her life she decided to continue searching for alternatives to help her daughter that has been very ill for such a long time, she is tired of the unknown always having a hard time to let go and trust in new methods to finally make her daughter healthy again.

I love the determination and strength Ally shows at all times, trying to do what's best for her daughter even if she has to open a can of worms or situations that were buried behind but now she needs her past to know the next step for her daughter's treatment and future.

Kylie is a wonderful character, she was very smart for her age and also very bold and sensitive, I love the way she always was kind to everybody no matter how hard was to feel good with her ups and down due to this terrible illness.. she was the silent glue that held Ally and the rest of the characters together.. she was the main reason for such an amazing adventure.

The other family when I started this book I thought it was going to be the typical Comedy with a lot of irreverent laughable comments, but to my surprise, this book was very different in a very good way, I'm so glad I picked it, I enjoy it so much!!

Love the Narrations by Mary Robinette Kowal, I really enjoy her voice the way she told the story and the characters making them even more wonderful and even giving them so much more depth!! great work

I don't want to give much away but The other family is a book that will give you hope, faith, and so much joy, it is a book that has the right amount of everything a little angst, a little sadness, but so much happiness.

Overall it was Amazing!!

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