On the jacket:
Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect. Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job, new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm of her hand --- until a single phone call altered the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister's three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own life indefinitely on hold.
Now, at forty-two, as independent as ever, with a satisfying career and a family that means everything to her, Annie is comfortable being single and staying that way. She appears to have no time for anything else. With her nephew and nieces now young adults and confronting major challenges of their own, Annie is navigating a parent's difficult passage between lending them a hand and letting go, and suddenly facing an empty nest. The eldest, twenty-eight-year-old Liz, an overworked, struggling editor in a high-powered job at Vogue, has never allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at twenty-four a serious and hard working law student, is captivated by a much older, much more experienced woman with children, who is leading him much further than he wants to go. And the youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie --- impulsive, artistic, rebellious --- is an art student about to make a choice that will lead her to an entirely different world she is in no way prepared for but determined to embrace.
Then, just when least expected, a chance encounter changes Annie's life yet again in the most unexpected direction of all.
From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran, Family Ties is a novel that reminds us how challenging and unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of family are the strongest of all.
Okay! Relieved! I found Steel's old charm back in this book! And it raining outside, reading this book, cuddled in my quilt, gave a double joy. And, who doesn't love a nice story about family bonding.
As the summary above suggests, Annie and her sister used to be very close and because of a mishap, she ends up having to take care of the sister's three children. In the story, the kids grow and we indulge in their adulthood as well as strains in relationship. The story smoothly transitions between New York to Iran and back again, though I must admit, the move to Iran was a bit scary. Yes, I got so involved in this story!
What I am the happiest about Family Ties, is that just when I was losing hope from Steel's books, she reinstated it. Like before, her books are still, like a box of chocolate, once started, they have to be finished!
Very light reading, a feel-good kind of book. Steel was repetitive as she usually is, but over all Family Ties was one entertaining read.
My review: ****/5
[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]