Familiar Ground by Michelle Lynn: Review

Familiar Ground by Michelle Lynn: ReviewFamiliar Ground by Michelle Lynn
on May 17, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

ad·dic·tion noun ə-ˈdik-shən, a-
: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something
: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something

Leah and Adam have never met.
However, they live parallel lives.
Lives plagued by addiction.

When a tragic, but common demon, surfaces between their siblings, Leah and Adam’s worlds collide, never to be the same again.

Adam loses his sister forever.
Leah’s brother returns.
Both gain a niece, neither knew existed.

Now they face an obstacle to raise a niece together while Leah’s brother struggles to free himself from the grip of drug addiction, and as Adam’s family grieves for the sister and daughter they lost.

A commonality is discovered.
Deep wounds begin to heal.
Lines blur as their lives entwine.

Alexis says…

Familiar Ground is a story of addiction, healing, and ultimately, love.

Leah and Adam have never met each other. Circumstances lead them to become friendly very fast. Both of their siblings dated and had a child together without anyone knowing. When Adam’s sister ODs, Leah becomes a temporary parent to her brother’s daughter, Dani while he goes to rehab.

Leah is an unsuspecting college student who drops everything to tend to her niece she never knew she had. Most college students don’t have the maturity that Leah has and I have to commend her completely changing her life for Dani. Adam is the exact same way. Both Adam and Leah seemed to turn a bit of a blind eye to their siblings and their drug use. It angers me that both of them were completely unaware that they had a niece and knew nothing about her. I understand that was not their fault whatsoever…I think I just felt bad for them.

This story had some emotional layers added to it. Adam holds some anger in when it comes to Shane, Leah’s brother. He blames him at first for his sister’s death. To be honest, I think I would be a bit more than mad. But he handled it so well and was able to move past that for the sake of Leah and Dani. I enjoyed the relationship that blossomed between Leah and Adam. It’s funny that their lives have actually crossed before but it took a life-changing situation to get them together. The two of them had great chemistry and some swoon-worthy moments. I also am not the biggest fan of children in books, they tend to be a bit eye-rolling to me. Michelle did a great job writing Dani…I couldn’t even resist falling in love with her.

I enjoyed this book and love the message that Michelle conveyed. Addiction not only affects the actual user, it has a domino effect that rumbles throughout the entire family. The story was very realistic to me and I recommend it to people that want to get sucked into a great book.


About Michelle Lynn

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.