Publisher: Blue Feather Books
Billie Charland isn't looking for more complications. She's working two jobs as a paralegal and an aerobics instructor; then she spends time with her son Seth who is in a coma after being struck by a drunk driver. When Caitlan O'Grady joins the aerobics class though, it's clear that the uncoordinated doctor needs some help. Billie agrees to give her private lessons that lead to a relationship developing slowly between the women. Caitlan has a daughter from a previous relationship and her family uses their resources to help Seth, so Billie and Caitlan are well on their way to establishing a new family when Billie's ex-husband catches up with them. This provides more complications for women who weren't looking for any at all.
In A Family Way addresses a number of issues. The characters fight prejudice and a neighborhood that is at first hostile to the lesbians who infiltrate their street. Billie eventually finishes a law degree and becomes a crusader to change the state laws. The main story however deals with creating a family. They face issues of acceptance by relatives, cooperation from school authorities and the adoption of children. There is a lot going on in this story, but it captures a picture of what lesbians go through in trying to gain acceptance for their families.
Karen Badger has experience as a writer from stories she has posted online and previously published books. She knows how to create characters and to make a story flow. She has created a book that makes for pleasant reading.