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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. 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 novelThe main character of the book middle aged unattached chef Monica Stanton is a simple self effacing person with a dog and a few eually 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 island for a month but on the other hand she s eager to get acuainted with the child she only laid eyes on briefly before relinuishing her to her adoptive parents The handsome and persuasive game show host tips her over to his side and convinces her to accept the invitation that will change her life forever It was a little awkward at first getting used to the author s use of first person singular and present tense However this particular book lends itself to that voice since the subject is a reality show and it is entirely from the viewpoint of the main character It keeps you in the moment and lets you experience everything as it happens to Monica It also keeps you entirely in her head with all the details being filtered through her perception often misinterpreting what is going onWhat makes the book so hysterical is how Monica manages to injure herself on national television in just about as many ways as is humanly possible At the same time it is clear she is a born diplomat who helps bring the other players together even though they are all competing against one another She is attracted to the game show host Rick but won t admit it neither will she even consider that he might be interested in her Meanwhile she is frustrated in her attempts to get to know her daughterEven though what I read was an advance reader s copy an uncorrected proof I only found two small typos in the book which says a lot about the writer s skill and her editorial team as I do a lot of proofreading in my job There was not one page of this book that was slow or boring I freuently laughed out loud at Monica s verbal faux pas and spectacular accidents I was totally unprepared for the bombshell Monica s daughter Jess dropped on the last day of their competition which temporarily deflated her high hopes for a lasting relationship and added to her sense of failure However the way Jennifer Allee resolved it in the end was goodMy only complaint is the ending of the book The author doesn t tell us who was the winning family After reading all about the challenges and elimination rounds the grilling of the two remaining teams and so on she leaves us utterly hanging I was so disappointed because it could have gone either way with so many resulting conseuences I don t see any indication of a seuel since all the other loose ends of the story were neatly tied up It was almost like watching a real reality show but never getting to catch the final episode where they announced the resultsNevertheless if you need a good laugh and enjoy situational almost slap stick humor this is the book for you Who ever would have thought something so serious as a premarital relationship and the tough decision to place a child for adoption could have such a funny wonderful end result If you have a self effacing mea culpa kind of mentality or two left feet you will certainly identify with Monica and laugh at your reflection If you need a break from a way too serious or too regimented life this may be the diversion you need

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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 getting to know her grown daughter while competing on a remote island isn’t hard enough Monica is further confused. 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 nextMonica is a very private woman in her mid forties who enjoys working as a chef and spending time with her beloved dog Ranger Her uiet 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 offerThe 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 few curve 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 esue show viewed by millions instead of choosing the privacy of your own home Why the heck are so many people so cruel to birth parents who make such an extraordinarily selfless decision Poor Monica s been through a lot and she deserves some happinessMy only complaint is that there was not enough initial dialogue between Monica and Jessica It really felt like the book took a commercial breakThe book brings up some good talking points on adoption privacy and understandable but dangerous if only wishful thinking Note I would characterize this book as inspirational fiction than Christian fiction No one should avoid this book for fear of proselytizing prejudice against religious based works etc It is really just a women s fiction novel without curse words or sex scenes and covers some universal concepts of what it means to be a family

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Twenty 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. I m not into reality television so you might wonder what drew me to read this book This novel was nominated for a Carol Award a couple of years ago and I delight in finding new authorsLast Family Standing is about a reality television show but is uite a bit Main character Monica gave up her daughter for adoption and her 25 year old daughter has invited her to be a contestant with her on a show called Last Family Standing It s about their growth but also about the dynamics between all of the contestantsIt was a good contemporary novel and I d read other books by the author

  • Paperback
  • 320
  • Last Family Standing
  • Jennifer AlLee
  • English
  • 24 February 2017
  • 9781426768095

About the Author: Jennifer AlLee

Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood California and spent the first 10 years of her life living over a mortuary one block away from Hollywood and Vine An avid reader and writer she completed her first novel in high school That manuscript is now safely tucked away never to see the light of day again She has worked in numerous fields including as a church secretary and as an administrative a



10 thoughts on “Last Family Standing

  1. says:

    I'm not into reality television so you might wonder what drew me to read this book This novel was nominated for a Carol Award a couple of years ago and I delight in finding new authorsLast Family Standing is about a reality television show but is uite a bit Main character Monica gave up her daughter for adoption and her 25 year old daughter has invited her to be a contestant with her on a show called Last Family Stand

  2. says:

    This poor Mother gave up her daughter over 25 years ago she never forgot her Not a day went by without her thinking and worrying over her And did she make the right decisionShe gets to go on a reality TV show to be reunited with her daughterWe have all watched these heartbreaking shows haven't we The ones were you need your tissues your eye

  3. says:

    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 M

  4. says:

    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 nextMonica is a very private woman in her mid forties who enjoys working as a chef and spending time with her beloved dog Ranger Her uiet world is thrown for a curve ball whe

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    First of all this story is very original and creative I give it 5 stars for being delightfully different It's easy to read almost relaxing; but it's definitely not boring I like the fact that there's not an evil villain Sometimes the bad guys in a story are so completely evil it ruins the experience There's none of that in this book If anything the main characters are almost too nice and accommodating but since the last two book

  7. says:

    Choices made in life can come back to haunt you Sometimes for good and sometimes bad Loved the character dynamics and how the story unfolded A good read

  8. says:

    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 novelThe main character of the book m

  9. says:

    I don't typically like reality shows OK that is an understatement I have never watched a reality show I think they

  10. says:

    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 we

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