Friday, January 4, 2019

True Places
by Sonja Yoerg

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 347
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.

Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her—a change she both fears and desperately needs.

Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. After her discovery of the ethereal sixteen-year-old who has never experienced civilization, Suzanne is compelled to invite Iris into her family’s life and all its apparent privileges.

But Iris has an independence, a love of solitude, and a discomfort with materialism that contrasts with everything the Blakemores stand for—qualities that awaken in Suzanne first a fascination, then a longing. Now Suzanne can’t help but wonder: Is she destined to save Iris, or is Iris the one who will save her?


Kritters Thoughts:  A woman, mother and wife has almost hit her breaking point so she decides to give up the commitments and drive away from all the things she has to do while on her drive she comes across what seems like a homeless girl and rescues her and takes her to a hospital, this girl changes the trajectory of her life and her family's lives.  Will they in turn change her life for the better?

I loved this story.  I love how in a moment of sheer frustration this woman makes a decision and it will completely alter her life.  Suzanne had what seemed like the perfect life and as things are piling up she comes across Iris.  She decides to take Iris to the hospital and not just drop her but help Iris beyond the immediate medical needs that she had.  I loved Suzanne, I loved Iris and I loved Suzanne's family and parents.  Even though I am not a parent, there were so many moments where I could relate to Suzanne and her need to to do it all even above taking care of herself.  I love how Iris' outlook on life and what is important makes her question everything she has signed herself up for.  

This book was perfect to read during this time of year when the new year is making me question what priorities from 2018 I will continue in 2019 and what I may need to leave behind.  I love when a book is first a good story but second makes me think and sit down and reflect on my own life.  The story is simple and sweet, but if you really sit with it, it can make you check on yourself and make sure you are where you are supposed to be and heading where you want to go.    


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 91 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  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.

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