Monica is a forty five year old woman whose best friend Jules lives down the block with her family Monica has a rather boring life aside from work, taking Ranger her beloved dog for walks and no prospective love interest or thoughts of looking for love Well her life is about to change and she will never be able to go back to her dull life after this Jules calls to ask her if she was watching Last Family Standing, kind of like a survivor type reality show and of course she says no Ok then come right over as I have something to show you that I just taped.
When Monica arrives Jules plays the tape of Jessica, the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty five years ago She is holding a picture high school of Monica and asking her to reunite with her on National TV to compete in the show.
Shock is the first word that comes to mind and secondly why now after all this time she gave her baby away when the dad left cooking school and she couldnt find him to tell him she was preg she couldnt raise her daughter on her own and thought she would be better off with 2 parentsthe girl grew up and went on a reality program on tv who contacted the birth mom to join her in the game she wanted to meet her daughter so she went there , it was on a island and they had to do games to see who got eliminated they also brought the birth dad and introduced him to the daughter he never knew he hadshe got hurt in almost every game, ending up with a broken wrist at the end her daughter said she only went to get the for her mom, the one that raised her the birth mom was hurt until she found out the other mom had als and needed the money to do her wish list the birth dad turned out to have left the sch I had planned on pacing myself on this novel, but within the first few chapters I was a goner The Last Family Standing starts with an older woman, content with her dull life, which consists of herself, her dog, and her best friend Suddenly she s staring at a screen where her daughter, whom she gave up for adoption years ago, is asking for Monica to contact her so that they can compete in the game show Last Family Standing Monica now finds her life upside down, competing in a physically, mentally, and emotionally fatiguing game show More importantly she s competing for the attention of her estranged daughter Jess.
I believe that the pacing for this story was just right We get time to get to know Monica, her feelings, and the people in her life, and the predicament tha Loved it one of just a very small handful of books I ve read in 2015 that left me interested enough to regret having to go to bed without knowing what happens next.
Monica is a very private woman in her mid forties who enjoys working as a chef and spending time with her beloved dog, Ranger Her quiet world is thrown for a curve ball when the daughter she lovingly gave away for a closed adoption outs her on a reality show She has longed for years to get to know her child and decides to accept the bizarre offer.
The reunion doesn t go as well as she hoped and her daughter will barely talk to her The show s producers also throw out a fewcurve balls to the stressed duo Why did her daughter choose reality TV, of all things, to find her birth mother Why meet your birth mom on a Survivor esque show viewed by millions instead of choosing the privacy of your own home Why the heck are so many peopl ½ Last Family Standing Â I don t typically like reality shows, OK, that is an understatement I have never watched a reality show, I think they are just a show that details how our society has become a bit to materialistic People want to win and they don t typically care who they hurt in the process.
So, why did I even bother to order this book from the Vine Program Well, I guess the short concise concept of a mother daughter team who haven t ever been together except in the birthing room of the hospital got to me I wanted to have a nice story of a mother and daughter meeting for the first time 25 years after the birth of said daughter.
What I didn t expect was to enjoy the book so much I don t know why but the way that Jennifer Allee made the story come alive and the development of the characters really made a difference You can t get to know a character on a tv show unless you watch multiple episodes,
Just from the description of this book, I could tell it was going to be funny, and I was certainly NOT disappointed From the very first page, where Monica s best friend Jules told her her daughter was on TV asking her long lost birth mother to join her, I was hooked Only by virtue of the fact that I have been very busy lately did it take as long as it did for me to read this novel.
The main character of the book middle aged, unattached chef, Monica Stanton is a simple, self effacing person with a dog and a few equally loyal friends She owns her own restaurant in Las Vegas and is pretty happy with her life When she learns about this invitation to join the daughter she placed for adoption on a survival game show, Monica is conflicted On the one hand, she has no desire to be on TV or live on a remote isla I discovered Last Family Standing while browsing aimlessly on Goodreads One of the primary reasons I got into book related fora and social media was to broaden my horizons as a reader, and certainly this novel is well outside the bounds of my preferred genres literary, historical, mystery But, the story line struck me as quite fresh and interesting Author Jennifer AlLee s novel promisesthan page turning drama with both birth parent child reunion and reality show competition story lines packed between the two covers What sparked my interest was the proposed juxtaposition of a vulnerable character facing an important crossroads in her life journey with the cynical thematic perspective and the raw action One of my favourite Christian fiction authors is Jennifer Allee and with her book Last Family Standing it mixes adoption, family drama and reality TV together as well as a hint of romance blossoming Twenty Five years ago Monica gave up a baby girl for adoption as she was just in her early twenties and the father had left without a goodbye and she wasn t ready or capable of raising a baby Now years later, that girl is called Jessica and she is starring on a family TV show and she wants her birth mother to join her as her family member The thing is she only knows her first name and has her graduation photo Imagine Monica s shock when she sees it on TV Soon Monica s life is thrown upside down as she is entered into the survivor
She gets to go on a reality TV show to be reunited with her daughter.
We have all watched these heartbreaking shows haven t we The ones were you need your tissues, your eyes run all down your cheeks Well, this story is no exception.
This takes you beyond the TV show, Mother and daughter reunited, how will it work out These book has every emotion conceivable in it, you will love it.
I am happy to say that Abingdon Press gave me an advanced copy via Net Galley which I devoured Five Years Ago, Monica Stanton Gave Up A Baby Girl For Adoption Now, The Thing Monica Didn T Dare Hope For Has Happened Jessica Has Reentered Her Life And Brought A Little Drama And Competition With Her Jessica Is Willing To Meet Her Birth Mother, But She Wants The Reunion To Air On A Reality TV Show Monica Would Rather Chew Glass Than Appear On TV But She Ll Swallow Her Pride And A Few Other Unsavory Items If That S What It Takes To ReconnectAs If [Jennifer AlLee] Ä Last Family Standing [journalism PDF] Ebook Epub Download Æ Getting To Know Her Grown Daughter While Competing On A Remote Island Isn T Hard Enough, Monica Is Further Confused When Jessica S Long Lost Birth Father Shows Up, Complicating Both Her Relationship With Her Daughter And The Attraction Monica Has To The Hunky Reality Show Host The Fruit Basket Upset Of Emotions, Accusations, And Regrets Might Make For Good TV, But Will It Destroy The Family In The Process