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Reviewed by Evangeline Han for Readers' Favorite
"Family Matters" by Georgina Sellwood is about one woman's journey and adjustment with the concept of family. Bonnie Blakley had a troubled childhood. As she was moved from foster home to foster home, she was often mistreated and forced to take care of misbehaving children. Traumatized by the abuse she received, she developed a phobia of children. She doesn't believe that she is capable of having a family and frequently thinks low of her capabilities. One day, she meets Morgan, a widower with a young daughter. Desperate for a babysitter, he asks Bonnie for help. Can she overcome her obstacles or will her past prevent her from moving forward and starting her own family?
"Family Matters" is a short and sweet, light romance. The main character Bonnie is struggling with her personal issues. Much of the story focuses on her struggles. Although Bonnie is a kind person, she is no pushover. She knows her limits and even if her actions could come across as selfish, she doesn't care. Morgan's character wasn't explored as in-depth as Bonnie's. He is a single father with lots of patience. His struggles with his feeling of betrayal towards his late wife isn't as prominent as I had expected it to be. Yes, there were times when he felt guilty, but this issue was hardly explored in the plot. "Family Matters" moved at a very fast pace, but that is to be expected since it is a short story. The ending was somewhat unrealistic due to the fast nature of the story, but I liked the ending, nonetheless, because it suited the story, especially after all the ups and downs. I found "Family Matters" by Georgina Sellwood captivating and great for light reading. It has enough suspense to keep a reader hooked, without being a heavy read.