Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Simple Thing by Kathleen McCleary

Publisher: William Morrow 
Pages: 304 
Format: ARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon 


Goodreads:  When Susannah Delaney discovers her young son is being bullied and her adolescent daughter is spinning out of control, she moves them to remote, rustic Sounder Island to live for a year. A simple island existence--with no computers or electricity and only a one-room schoolhouse--is just what her over scheduled East Coast kids need to learn what's really important in life. But the move threatens her marriage to the man she's loved since childhood, and her very sense of self.

For Betty Pavalak, who moved to Sounder to save her own troubled marriage, the island has been a haven for fifty years. But Betty also knows the guilt of living with choices made long ago and actions that cannot be undone. The unlikely friendship between Susannah and Betty ignites a journey of self-discovery for both women and brings them both home to what they love most. 




Kritters Thoughts:  Two stories build at the same time and overlap in the most interesting ways in this book that takes the reader from suburbia Northern VA to an island with no amenities off the coast of the state of Washington.  Susannah is trying to save her children and herself from the past and possible future mistakes, so she grabs her two children and flees to this remote island, while Betty is nearing the end of her life and still trying to heal from the tragedies that have taken over her life.


The author blended these two stories without any confusion and gave these two women distinct characteristics that made me want to find out how they were going to overcome their personal issues.  For awhile the reader was kept in the dark as to the whole story of each of these women's past, but they were revealed at just the right time.


I wanted to know where these women would end up and more importantly how they were going to get to that spot.  I think this is a great book for women to read to hear how different relationships and struggles can impact a lifetime.


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.



Here's the tour schedule

Tuesday, July 24th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, July 25th: Mutant Supermodel
Thursday, July 26th: BookNAround
Monday, July 30th: Chaotic Compendiums
Thursday, August 2nd: A Worn Path
Monday, August 6th: A Novel Source
Monday, August 6th: Being 5
Tuesday, August 7th: Mommy Uncensored
Tuesday, August 7th: Bookworm “Another Book Please”
Wednesday, August 8th: My Convertible Life
Wednesday, August 8th: Paperback Princess
Thursday, August 9th: Kritters Ramblings
Friday, August 10th: Moments of Exhilaration
Friday, August 10th: Mother Fog
Monday, August 13th: Kind of a Mess


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