Dear friends of the Wordspinner’s Place,
Amazon posted another great review of FAMILY MATTERS. I’d like to share it with you:


D. L. Harrison April 15, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

The novel “Family Matters” by Kenneth Janssen is a book you won’t want to put down until you’re finished. I started it late Sunday evening and refused to put it down until I was done reading well after midnight.

There are several strong personalities that exert their egos and agendas in a twisting plot. A small, fictional town in Connecticut called Pebscott is the scene of these family intrigues. By the end of the book you are sure these characters must exist in real life, as the author has done well to make them seem so.

At first it is a bit difficult to determine who is “good” and who is “bad”, but that becomes more clear as they each make moral choices with long-reaching consequences. The author does a good job in showing that, as much as people want to forget about their past and leave it all behind, it has a way of creeping back into the present. One’s past can even become a newly reborn reality that will undermine a carefully crafted public image.

One of my favorite lines in the book was spoken by the oldest living patriarch of the family, Adam Kingston II. The family has kept him a virtual prisoner in his estate, under 24-hour doctor “supervision” and medication. At one point he thinks to himself, “The joke’s on them, though, because even with all their surveillance they haven’t caught me tonguing my medicine. There must be a lot of tipsy rodents running around in Old Pebscotts’s sewers.” And again on the next page, he almost gloats over this fact: “It’s amazing what you can get away with when you’re thought to be incompetent.”

I heartily recommend Ken Janssen’s book – it will surprise you.

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Well, there you have it. I hope those of you that haven’t read Family Matters will come to the realization soon, that you are missing out on a thrilling treat.

Those of you who have read and enjoyed it, I hope you will take the time out to write a review. It will be very much appreciated.

It’s available at:

That’s all for today. Thanks for checking in.

Your friend,

Ken (The Wordspinner)


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