*A PopSugar Fall Pick*

Chosen as one of the best books of fall by Deep South Magazine

Chosen as one of The Best Books of October by Liz and Lisa

“Maddie Dawson writes a charming story about family in her new novel, The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness. Readers are transported back and forth between a mother who gave up her baby for adoption and that daughter’s eventual journey to know the story of her life.” —Associated Press

“Maddie Dawson’s novels should come with a warning label: May cause tears, laughter, or all of the above.” – Sarah Knight, bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

“Maddie Dawson is one of those gifted writers who spins seemingly comic, romantic tales that tackle our most universal longings for love, connection and family. I loved every witty sentence.” – Holly Robinson, author of Chance Harbor and Beach Plum Island

“There are so many things to love about The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness. But what I loved most is how the characters lingered with me long after I turned the last page.” – Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author

“Dawson (The Opposite of Maybe, 2014, etc.) is a generous storyteller, creating characters who are both complex and unexpected while being wholly relatable.” Kirkus Reviews

“In this heartfelt novel, Dawson weaves together the stories of three very different womenwho are bound by blood, delving deeply into the true meaning of family.”—Booklist

 “In Nina, Dawson introduces a lovable, flawed character challenged by day-to-day life and searching for love and a feeling of belonging… Nina is delightful and spirited, and her engaging, charming story illustrates the humor and quirkiness of life.”Library Journal

 “Engaging writing and compelling characters seize readers from the first chapter of Dawson’s latest novel. The examination of family – in all its forms and fashions –makes this an ideal book club read.”—RT Book Reviews

“Maddie Dawson is a brilliant writer, letting us into the character’s minds so intimately that we feel like we know them personally, like only a great writer can do.” — Erin Toland,

“This book should definitely be on your To Read list. It would make a great book club selection, as there is much fodder for discussion. What makes up a family? How important is it? Do we ever really feel like we belong? Is it really crazy to throw food out your back door in protest?” – Christina Huber,



“Dawson’s charmingly eccentric cast of characters is at turns lovable and infuriating, ensuring a quick read helmed by a memorable, complex heroine.” – Publishers Weekly

“Delightfully witty…a messy, funny, surprising story of second chances.”-  Kirkus Reviews

“At turns poignant and funny, this book is brimming with charm.” – Sarah Pekkanen, internationally bestselling author of The Best of Us and The Opposite of Me

“Dawson’s lyrical, realistic portrayal of a modern-day relationship and all its complexities is rich with humor and insight.”  – Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Match and Waiting on You

“A quirky, warm, insightful, feel-good confection of a novel.” – Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author ofThe Beach House and Tempting Fate


“Funny, funny, funny, from page one…Shelton’s writing sparkles with humor and insight.”  (Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief)

“A skillfully constructed, economically written novel that is funny, sad, and almost painfully accurate about human failings.” (The Boston Globe)

“A delightful beach book…Funny/sad and frantic/romantic, but with serious undertones.” (Hartford Courant)

“Smart, warm, and hilarious!” Jennifer Crusie, author of Bet Me


“…delves into family relationships with humor and empathy, making this a pleasurable read.” – Booklist

“Richly textured, insightful novel.” –  Library Journal


“…engrossing, charming, and often funny exploration of love and relationships…” Library Journal, starred review

“…an absolute treat…filled with realistic twists, complex characters and a moving conclusion.”  – Publishers Weekly

“[A]s the seemingly star-crossed lovers navigate their rocky path, with children in tow, they eventually discover their true destination, their true home.” – Booklist


“…a deceptively bouncing, ultimately wrenching novel [that] will grab you at page one…”  – People Magazine

“…enjoyable prose and keen characterizations…” – Publishers Weekly

“…surprising, illuminating and always believable…” – Susan Straight, author of A Million Nightingales

“…a paean to family happiness as much as romance.” – Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing