Blended families are the norm these days. Although some siblings and step-siblings find it difficult to relate, others become close by reaching out to each other even when distance separates them. Texting, email, Facebook and Skype certainly have made staying connected easier than in years past, but technology doesn’t alleviate the demands on our time when balancing work and family. Making the effort to communicate can help blended and extended families put aside differences when strife arises, and pull together as one harmonious unit.
This month’s Jen’s Jewels Nancy Thayer addresses this very topic in her latest release, Island Girls. It’s the story of three step-sisters who come together to mourn the passing of their beloved father, and learn through his colorful past the true meaning of family. Set in the rustic locale of Nantucket, this tender story of hope, love, and forgiveness is the perfect companion for a hot, summer day on the beach.
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