We are bound to our families with ties of love, tears, and history. In Family Ties, bestselling author Lois Wyse explores with wit and insight both the visible and the invisible relationships that connect the generations. From stories of marriages (both old and new), babies (both natural-born and adopted), siblings, grand-parents, and those friends who are loved like family, Wyse has woven a collection that will touch the hearts of all readers. You will meet a father who never knew he had a daughter, a high-powered career woman who went to China in order to become a mother, a little girl who finds a husband for her widowed mother (and a father for herself), a grandmother who pulls her entire family together to welcome a long-lost grandchild -- and, between the lines, stories of the love and understanding that make all families stronger. Here, too, is Lois Wyse's own story of a month she spent in southern France with fifteen members of her amalgamated family: adult children and stepchildren, in-laws, and grandchildren, hailing from different cities. With candor and humor, she tells how three generations of one family grew closer and came to understand their relationships in ways that will always color and strengthen their lives. Family Ties celebrates the bonds that enrich our own families. Delightful and endlessly true, this is a perfect book for everyone from mothers and fathers to grandchildren, stepdaughters, sons-in-law, and second cousins once removed -- all of us for whom family is the core of life.