Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Family of His Own by Catherine Lanigan

Posted June 25, 2017 by meezcarrie in Catherine Lanigan, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 23 Comments

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

about the book

He’s ready to settle down…with or without her

Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks.

And he’s always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she’s been acting like that rock is weighing her down.

With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn’t even sure what they are to each other anymore.

They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn’t feel like a future.

Maybe it’s time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…

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SERIES: Shores of Indian Lake #8
GENRE: Contemporary ‘Clean’ Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2017
PAGES: 384

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I love Indian Lake and its residents, so every new visit there feels like catching up with old friends. Catherine Lanigan does a fabulous job crafting this small town and creating a family-like atmosphere among the characters. Everyone knows each other and truly cares about each other. And with the world the way it is today, we need a lot more of that!

Scott is one of my fave Indian Lake heroes. The way he lost his heart to Bella and Michael and immediately made room in his life for them is both swoon-inducing and inspiring. He loves consistently even when expecting nothing in return, evidenced by his relationship with Isabelle. At the same time, he’s not a doormat. He knows when it’s healthier – for himself and Isabelle – for him to back off and guard his heart. He also knows when it’s time to step back up to the plate and make a declaration.

Isabelle, however? Not my fave Indian Lake heroine. She’s selfish. She’s self-focused. And she’s more concerned with what she doesn’t have than on the blessings right in front of her. The way she treats Scott is so frustrating that I wanted – more than once – to shout through the pages and tell him to cut her loose lol. I appreciated her character growth throughout the novel, but overall I stayed annoyed with her.

Bottom Line: This is not a book where you can easily predict the ending. I honestly didn’t know how it was going to turn out. Lanigan wove a story with complicated players and some unexpected twists, while once again infusing the novel with warmth and family. While I never really warmed up to Isabelle, Scott (and Bella and Michael) makes up for this in spades. And of course the setting of Indian Lake is one I’m always happy to visit 🙂

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / I love Indian Lake!

KissingBook Level: 3 / Scott sure knows how to kiss 😉

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about the author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on and Barnes and, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2017. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.


Tour Giveaway:

– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

– 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia’s PromiseFear of Falling and Sophie’s Path (US only)

– Ends July 11th

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Tour Schedule

June 24th: Launch

June 25th: Brooke Blogs & Reading Is My SuperPower

June 26th: It’s All About the Romance & Hearts & Scribbles

June 27th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection & Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford

June 28th: Rockin’ Book Reviews & Mel’s Shelves

June 29th: Getting Your Read On & Thoughts of a Blonde

June 30th: Paulette’s Papers & I Am A Reader

July 2nd: Becky on Books & deal sharing aunt

July 3rd: & Wishful Endings

July 6th: Heidi Reads…Inside The Mind of An Avid Reader & Nicole’s Book Musings

July 7th: Grand Finale

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23 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Family of His Own by Catherine Lanigan

  1. Kay Garrett

    Love the book cover. It just makes you smile and invites you in.

    Both the description and the review intrigue me and give me a desire to read Family of His Own. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

    Thanks for a chance to win an amazing Tour Giveaway!

    • Hi, Kay! Thanks for stopping by the blog! I do love this cover, it’s so happy. I hope you like the story. My author friends know…I cried through nearly the entire book. Scott’s unrequited love was heart-stirring! Good luck with the giveaway!

  2. danielle hammelef

    I love when authors can give me warm characters that are 3D and make me want to care about them. I also enjoy being surprised my the plot twists. With the lake setting, I think this will be a fun and exciting book to read.

    • Carrie

      “warm characters that are 3D” – yes! that’s a great description of Catherine’s books! 🙂

  3. Ooohhh, two of my favorite people in the world together for a post! (The only things missing to make it perfect, from my perspective, is Zuzu.)

    I look forward to reading FAMILY OF HIS OWN . . . and sharing another July release date with Catherine!

  4. Chanel M.

    I like the fact that the main guy character knows what he wants and remains steadfast in his love for the heroine. But I love the fact that it doesn’t make him a doormat. That’s a hard line to walk but I’m glad the author succeeded. Reading the synopsis and review definitely intrigued me.

  5. MH

    The cover is interesting. I would not have expected this type of cover to go along with the book synopsis….unless the woman on the cover is not Isabelle….or Scott and Isabelle actually do end up happily ever after. The author and her books are new to me but they sound wonderful.

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