“…a multi-generational novel that plucks the heartstrings.”

-Entertainment Weekly
Top 10 book of summer 2010

Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin

“Griffin’s carefully crafted characters ring heartbreakingly true and her finely wrought plot will snare readers from the first page.”

—Publishers Weekly

(Starred Review)

Life Without Summer

“Griffin challenges parents to assert their authority differently. This book, rich in anecdotes, will make a great addition to any parenting collection.”

—Library Journal



Stories entertain, enlighten, energize, and educate. I’m a registered nurse, family life educator, and novelist. I’ve spent over twenty years speaking, counseling, and writing about relationships. I believe in storytelling as a means of learning valuable life lessons. Through my novels, essays, interviews, and videos, I share compelling family stories that provide insight into the human condition. Thanks for stopping by.

Best, Lynne

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Favorite Family Fiction of 2014

Book enthusiasts love to compile “best of” lists and post them at the end of December. Every year I consider doing it too, but when I sit down to write, I find myself bristling much like Emily Nussbaum did over creating a top ten list of TV shows. Not only is it impossible to have read all

Crossing To Safety

Complex Marriages in Fiction

Since the moment my husband and I announced our engagement—twenty-six years ago—I’ve heard just about all the marriage advice imaginable. “Marry your best friend.” “Marriage is work.” “Don’t go to bed angry.”  Cliches without specifics didn’t resonate with me then, and now that my daughter is about to marry, I’m thinking long and hard about the pearls of


Characters With Special Needs Make for Exceptional Stories

In May I had the honor of speaking at the American Montessori Conference in Dallas alongside the remarkable Temple Grandin, author of many nonfiction books, including The Autistic Brain. She mesmerized the audience, sharing anecdotes about her childhood and how her insightful mother nurtured her at a time when little was known about autism. Her real life stories stole my


Father-Daughter Novels

My father walks me down the aisle. He does not look ahead to the altar, but rather stares adoringly at me. He whispers, “You will always be my girl.” Daddy is the first to arrive at the hospital after the birth of my daughter. He holds the tiny child so close and for so long