Eleanor Brown’s third novel is about three women who have become a family because they have adopted children from the same woman. Tabitha and her husband adopted Brianna’s twins. Tabitha has a good heart, lots of energy and wants everyone involved to feel a strong family connection. Elizabeth and her husband adopted Brianna’s youngest, Violet. Elizabeth is having doubts about her ability to mother. Ginger is single and adopted Phoebe, Brianna’s first born. For seven years Phoebe lived her grandmother, but when the grandmother died, Phoebe chose Ginger to raise her. Ginger likes peace and quiet and dislikes change. When Tabitha arranges a two week get together with everyone at a vacation home in Aspen, conflict and hurt feelings are bound to occur.
Any Other Family is an enjoyable read, but there is not much substance to it. It is not thought provoking, and although Brown presents several adoption issues, she tends to gloss over them.