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Little Lovely Things: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"Combining the suspense and razor-sharp outlook of a Gillian Flynn novel, Maureen Connolly's debut sizzles. I finished Little Lovely Things in one heartbreaking, tear-batting gulp. Connolly takes risks that make the reader's heart start anew. Finding shards of hope amidst the chaos of tragedy is a testament to both the writer, and the characters she creates." - Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Wicked River
"Little Lovely Things is an insightful and moving read that is well worth the journey." - Vivian Schilling, bestselling author of Quietus
"A shattering adventure." - Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07L43VYGV
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (April 2, 2019)
- Publication date : April 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1315 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1492672491
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #126,650 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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It's literally every parents worst nightmare, you look away for one minute and your children disappear! You can be Mother of the Year 364 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes a year and then literally have one bad minute and lose everything.
Glen and Claire are very busy but loving parents to 4 year old Andrea and 1 year old Lily. Glen is a teacher and high school football coach and Claire is finishing up her residency, very close to becoming a full fledged doctor. With two little girls, a mortgage and crazy schedules, they cannot wait for Claire to complete her training, earn a full salary and begin to have a more stable schedule! They are both exhausted but extremely happy.
"That Day" was no different than any other Saturday morning. Glen helped get the kids ready before running out to coach the football team, Claire was scrambling to get ready for work, the kids were fighting over a toy. It really could have been any other day. But then as she was driving down the highway in her way to work with the kids napping in their car seats, Claire started feeling funny. Was it possible she was having an allergic reaction to a vaccination she recently received? She was forced to pull over into a has station in a shady part of town, barely making it to the bathroom before being horribly sick. She left the door open so she could keep an eye on the car, but she passed. When she awoke, the bathroom door was closed and her car was gone, along with her babies!
The book tracks the police investigation and follows the family through the horror of not knowing what happened. It's told from the point of view of Claire, Andrea, Moira (the woman who was involved in the kidnapping) and Jay (a man who accidentally became involved in the story).
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
I cannot lie, I was completely hesitant to read a book about children being abducted. I picked it up and put it down twice but ended up reading it because it had received so many great reviews from my GR Friends. I am glad I did!
The most impressive part of this book is that it's author, Maureen Joyce Connolly's debut novel. I am definitely looking forward to her second!
Jay White may have been my favorite part of the book. He, reluctantly, became involved and brought so much depth to the story. I loved the whole mysticism that came along with his Lakota Indian heritage.
The setting was interesting on a couple of different levels. I absolutely LOVED the Chicago and small towns surrounding Lake Michigan as the physical setting. It's such a lovely part of the country. Author, Connolly, did a fantastic job bringing it to life through her vivid descriptions.
Another interesting aspect to the setting was the time period. The kidnapping took place in 1991, which opened the possibility of the story ending with the family being reunited fifteen or twenty years later. I'm not saying that is what happened, but as I was reading, I was preparing myself for that as an ending. The 1991 setting made me wonder throughout the book if the crime would have been solved faster or prevented with modern technology such as Amber Alerts, car trackers, social media etc. I spent a lot of time having "deep thoughts" about it.
I'm addition to being immersed in Lakota Indian culture, the reader was also introduced to Traveller (modern day gypsy) culture. I found this particularly interested since it tends to be a very closed society.
I loved Claire. She is so relatable as an over worked, over tired mom trying to do it all! I think many women can relate to her constant state of chaos. I think that as moms, most of us have had at least one moment in a lifetime of responsible parenting that we wish we could take back. Most of us don't end up losing out children over that moment, but it's all the luck if the draw. Its impossible to be perfect all the time.
<b>WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE</b>
I loved almost everything about this book, but there were a couple parts that were hard to read!!! No one wants to be inside the read of a terrified 4 year old who misses her mommy. That was difficult, but aside from that, it was such a great story.
A fantastic debut novel! This would make a great book club selection.
By #amreading on April 9, 2019
Why did this book affect me? The book blurb, and many reviewers, tell the beginning of the story. Claire is driving with her children when she is overwhelmed by sickness. She pulls into a gas station, leaves her kids in the running car, and the car is taken while she’s in the bathroom.
Moms, how many sleep-ending 3 am panic attacks begin with, “What if someone took my kids?” But this is just the start of the story. The point of view shifts throughout the rest of the book so that we see the aftermath through the eyes and hearts of the other characters. The kidnappers, the interested witness, and a young girl are vivid, colorful and deep characters.
There are many “little, lovely things” in this book. The kidnapped children, a dress with special charms, a stone from Lake Michigan, the legends of the Lakota and Irish, a child’s drawings, a memory of bubble bath, isn’t this what fills a life? Author Connolly is a masterful storyteller, who blends lyrical metaphors and similes with grim passions and uplifting sweetness to create a story you can’t put down, and can’t forget.
In some ways, this book reminds me of What was Mine by Helen Klein Roth, which also focuses on the kidnapper and the years after. Like this book, the point isn’t so much on who is good or who is bad, but rather on how we all manage to keep going day after day. And how, once the dust settles, we still have our little lovely things.
I’m glad I overcame my mommy anxieties and bought and read this book. Highly recommend.
By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2019
Top reviews from other countries
Initially I thought this was going to be a crime/thriller...but there was so much more to this book that makes it quite difficult to categorise into one genre, and also quite difficult to write about without giving too much away.
Alternating between 4 character perspectives, Connolly deals with the emotional aftermath of trauma, and the question of identity. She touches on fate and spirituality, predominantly through the character of Jay, which was perhaps my favourite element of the book, and the only element I wish she had explored just a little more, perhaps with an extra chapter.
Maintaining an element of uncertainty throughout its entirety, Connolly succeeded in ensuring that this was not a predictable read. Though I must admit, once it did conclude, I was craving an epilogue just to extend what I felt was a slightly rushed ending to pull all of the strands together.
As I was reading, I felt I was almost visualising this as a screenplay, and think with the depth of characters and element of suspense, it would make for a brilliant film!
Unfortunately it all goes downhill after this.The action slows,the prose becomes more descriptive and the characters aren't strong enough to generate any interest.
Predictable from more than halfway out with a safe,formulaic ending.
Beautifully written with the themes of guilt and intuition.