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Reviewed by Bryone Peters for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes, one finds peace and joy in the unlikeliest situations. Almost Family by Ann Bancroft is such a story. It is about a mother, Liz, who is not appreciated. Liz lives all her adult life in turmoil and guilt. When she is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she reluctantly joins a support group where she meets two amazing people, Rhonda and Dave, who show her unconditional love. She experiences life like never before and begins to see the world differently. Rhonda and Dave, also living with terminal cancer, have inner turmoil as well. At a time when she needed it the most, they provided wisdom, encouragement, and understanding. It allows her to finally break free from the darkness that held her soul captive for so long.
Almost Family by Ann Bancroft is most certainly a literary masterpiece. The sincerity in the conversations and the excellent flow of each scene from one to the next were brilliant. There was so much to be felt, learned, experienced, and savored in this narrative. I loved every single moment. It made me smile, laugh and cry. Toward the end, I could not hold back the flood of tears. I loved reading this book! It was sad, riveting, amusing at times, and inspirational. The dialogue is charismatic, realistic, and seamless with each character. Each character was beautifully, intelligently portrayed, and intensely believable. The book is a page-turner that was hard to put down. Almost Family is my new favorite book. I will highly recommend it.