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A Million Reasons Why

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

By Jessica Strawser




When two strangers are linked by a DNA test, it’s an answer to a prayer for one woman. For the other, it changes everything she knows about her family.

Caroline is happily married, a creative problem solver as an event director and the mother of three kids in the single digit range. Her extended family is extremely close and celebrates everything together. Caroline’s life is good, but now, somehow...she has a half-sister.

Sela is fragile and suffering from irreversible kidney failure. Her marriage has crumbled in the wake of her illness and her mother, who she was close to, had recently passed away. She refuses to be defined by her grief, but still, she worries what will happen to Brody, her two-year-old son if she doesn’t find a donor match in time.

Caroline might be Sela’s only hope for a future. But can Caroline afford the risk?


A Million Reasons Why is a heartbreaking story that will draw you in like a moth to a flame. It’s a labyrinth of secrets and lies making you rethink what it means to be family. Caroline and Sela’s characters are both well-developed and creatively intertwined.

Jessica Strawser’s wiring is poignant. She effortlessly makes you feel the drama and pain that envelopes both Caroline and Selena’s characters. It’s an emotional roller coaster of a ride, leaving you with an exhilarating feeling at the end.

The dilemmas in the story would be a treasure for book clubs. There is much to think about here. Jessica Strawser is the author of several novels including Almost Missed You (2017), Not That I Could Tell (2018) and Forget You Know Me (2019).

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher St. Martin’s Press

Published March 23, 2021

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