Have you seen the movie Yours, Mine, and Ours with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda? (just pretend the 2005 remake was never made). This is the true story that the original movie is based on. The movie does a good job of telling the story. A few details are changed, but that doesn't seem to detract from the spirit of the book.
The true story is more amazing than the movie. I can't imagine a single mom with 8 children and a single dad with 10 children could come together and have a happy family. Sure there are mishaps and near disasters, but what family doesn't experience those things? The reality is that the two families came together and were happy. Both parents, Helen North and Frank Beardsley, had a strong faith that things would work out. The book is filled with humorous anecdotes and family pictures.
The book is currently out of print. I don't know why the book wasn't re-released with the re-make, but maybe that was a good thing. Used copies are available from Amazon, but you may be able to get a copy through inter-library loan.
Book Rating: 5 stars