Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Family of His Own by Catherine Lanigan is a novel about love, life, and relationships. The chief protagonists in this book are Scott Abbott and Isabelle Hawks. Scott and Isabelle are old friends and Scott has always had a crush on her. Isabelle’s father passed away when she was young and she had taken over the responsibility of her siblings from a young age. As a result, her own childhood and dreams had taken a backseat. Isabelle has always been an artist though, and as she grows older, she has aspirations and dreams of her own to make it as an artist. When Scott asks her to settle down with him, she is not ready and, as a result, Scott moves on with his life and fosters children. This is Isabelle’s story as she tries to figure out her priorities and what she truly wants out of life.
I found Family of His Own by Catherine Lanigan to be a realistic novel about two ordinary people. I especially liked how Scott has been portrayed in this novel as a caring, sincere man. Isabelle is shown to be a responsible, sensible adult who wants a life for herself and has her own dreams, but the real issue begins when this begins to conflict with her emotions, love, and relationships. The book also incidentally highlights the topic of fostering children and adoption, which definitely ought to be encouraged. The writing is simple and engaging and I found bits and pieces of it to be quite endearing. This is a realistic book with well drawn characters that readers will surely enjoy.