A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards – #TLCBookTours Review and Giveaway

Posted 25 June, 2019 by Heather in Blog, Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaways, Heather, Heather Book Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards – #TLCBookTours Review and GiveawayA Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
Published by MIRA on June 25, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Family Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: TLC Book Tours
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4.5 Stars

Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies?

All her life, Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband, while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters’ choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her help. There’s been a murder—and Wendy believes she’ll be wrongfully accused.

While Wendy lies low, Ryan moves back to their hometown to care for the nieces she hardly knows. The sleuthing skills she’s refined as a true-crime podcaster quickly rise to the surface as she digs for answers with the help of an unexpected ally. Yet the trail of clues Wendy’s left behind leads to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who becomes more and more a stranger with every revelation?

Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar—or worse?


Diving in with another new-to-me author and my go-to genre, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Emilie Richards’ novel A Family of Strangers. Featuring family drama on the backdrop of a mystery, with a nice Florida setting to give everything a vacation destination feel where you’d think nothing bad would ever happen.

Ryan Rose Gracey is journalist who is now a producer and host of a popular true crime podcast which covers cold cases. Her much older sister Wendy has always been an example of what Ryan will never be: perfect, golden haired, popular, in demand. But when Wendy calls Ryan out of the blue, asking Ryan to drive four hours across Florida to care for her two young daughters while she’s away, Ryan knows that something is wrong. Wendy would never ask something like this of her eighteen years younger sister, but since their mother is busy taking care of their father who is recuperating from heart surgery, Ryan figures that Wendy has no one else to turn to since her husband is on his submarine at sea on active duty.

The longer Wendy stays away from her family and the family real estate business, the more suspicious Ryan grows. And when Wendy wants Ryan to dig into someone that could have committed murder and framed Wendy for it, Ryan is shocked by what she uncovers: about Wendy, about their family, about herself. Secrets can only be kept for so long until they explode.

Ryan was a really likable character. Being so much younger than her sister Wendy, she’d always felt like her parents were too tired to do much in the parenting department. It was like they’d given all they could to Wendy, so there was nothing left for Ryan. When Ryan was met with something that would destroy a normal person, she soldiered on, even though she knew that she was destroying her chances with someone else. But she got over her fear and reconnected with ex-boyfriend Mateo Santiago, no longer a K9 police officer but now a dog trainer. I really enjoyed their budding relationship, and their chemistry was very real.


I give A Family of Strangers a four out of five. I found this book to be intriguing, nicely plotted with well-fleshed out characters. The pacing flowed well throughout, but it did bog down a little bit in spots. Mostly focusing on family drama and what happens when a family chooses to avoid dealing with problems by ignoring that they exist in the first place, the mystery of what happened to Ryan’s sister took a back seat for a lot of the book–and that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I really enjoyed Ryan’s relationship with her nieces, especially as she built a relationship with the two young girls who weren’t as connected with their mom as they could have been. There were several plot twists that I didn’t see coming since I was just so caught up in the story, and I loved that I was surprised. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes family dramas and mysteries.


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About Emilie Richards

Emilie Richards’s many novels feature complex characterizations and in-depth explorations of social issues. Both are a result of her training and experience as a family counselor, which contribute to her fascination with relationships of all kinds. Emilie and her husband enjoy dividing their time between the Florida Gulf Coast and Chautauqua County, New York. She is currently working on her next novel for MIRA Books.

Connect with Emilie Richards

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Emilie Richard’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for A FAMILY OF STRANGERS:


Instagram tour:

Tuesday, June 18th: @hollyslittlebookreviews

Thursday, June 20th: @readwithjamie

Friday, June 21st: @novelgossip

Saturday, June 22nd: @jessicamap

Sunday, June 23rd: @readingbetweenthe_wines

Monday, June 24th: @tbretc

Friday, June 28th: @sweethoneyandbrei

Review tour:

Monday, June 17th: The Baking Bookworm

Tuesday, June 18th: @girlsinbooks

Wednesday, June 19th: Girl Who Reads

Wednesday, June 19th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Thursday, June 20th: Helen’s Book Blog

Monday, June 24th: @my_book_journey

Tuesday, June 25th: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, June 26th: Write Read Life

Thursday, June 27th: Book by Book

Thursday, June 27th: @crystals_library

Friday, June 28th: Run Wright

Monday, July 1st: Audio Killed the Bookmark and @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Tuesday, July 2nd: Treestand Book Reviews 

Wednesday, July 3rd: @beauty_andthebook

Friday, July 5th: Booked on a Feeling

Friday, July 5th: @angelareadsbooks

Monday, July 8th: I Wish I Lived in a Library

Tuesday, July 9th: Lori’s Reading Corner – spotlight

Wednesday, July 10th: The Meganerd Blog and @meganthemeganerd

Wednesday, July 10th: @cassies_books_reviews

Thursday, July 11th: Books and Bindings

Friday, July 12th: Books and Cats and Coffee and @bookncatsncoffee

Monday, July 15th: @one_more_paige

Tuesday, July 16th: @sarahandherbookshelves

Wednesday, July 17th: The Lit Bitch

Thursday, July 18th: Books Before Bedtime and @booksbeforebedtime

Friday, July 19th: The Pages In-Between and @thepagesinbetween


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I'm a PhD chemist who loves sarcasm, music, and books-paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and romance. Most of my free time is spent at the martial arts studio these days--whether practicing Combat Hapkido or reading books while watching my son's Taekwondo classes, or even working up a sweat with Kickboxing for fun. Goodreads

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2 Responses to “A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards – #TLCBookTours Review and Giveaway”

  1. I love when it feels like all of the elements of a book come together and then you get some bonus plot twists in there! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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