Book Cover for Familia: A Novel by Author Lauren E. Rico

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Familia: A Novel

A novel about the truths — and lies — that make us who we are.

What if your most basic beliefs about your life were suddenly revealed to be a lie? In this compelling, emotional novel, two young women are brought together by a genealogy test and a haunting question that shakes their understanding of what family is and who they truly are...

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About the Book

As the fact checker for a popular magazine, Gabby DiMarco believes in absolute, verifiable Truths—until they throw the facts of her own life into question.

The genealogy test she took as research for an article has yielded a baffling result: Gabby has a sister—one who’s been desperately trying to find her. Except, as Gabby’s beloved parents would confirm if they were still alive, that’s impossible.

Isabella Ruiz can still picture the face of her baby sister, who disappeared from the streets of San Juan twenty-five years ago. Isabella, an artist, has fought hard for the stable home and loving marriage she has today— yet the longing to find Marianna has never left. At last, she’s found a match, and Gabby has agreed to come to Puerto Rico.

But Gabby, as defensive and cautious as Isabella is impulsive, offers no happy reunion. She insists there’s been a mistake. And Isabella realizes that even if this woman is her sister, she may not want to be.

With nothing—or perhaps so much—in common, Gabby and Isabella set out to find the truth, though it means risking everything they’ve known for an uncertain future—and a past that harbors yet more surprises . . .

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About Lauren

Lauren E. Rico is an award-winning author. She is also one of the top classical music broadcasters in the country. Her voice has been heard nationally on SiriusXM and on radio stations in New York City, Charlotte, Connecticut, and Tampa. She’s even been known to accompany travelers as they fly the skies as part of the in-flight entertainment on several airlines. When she’s not talking on the radio or typing on her laptop, Lauren enjoys puttering around the house with husband Tom and their rescue pup Sandy.

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