A Scattered Life Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1828 KB
- Publication Date : June 28, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 267 pages
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (June 28, 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B003EJDGBO
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,014 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Skyla and her husband Thomas are cautious and careful about their lives and their parenting. Skyla used to be a wild girl but when she married Thomas, she settled into his very measured life.
Into their lives crashes a new set of neighbors...notably Roxanne who is a true free spirit, mothering five unruly boys while her husband tries to persuade her not to have another baby, though Roxanne really wants a dozen! Roxanne is everything Skyla used to be and Skyla is drawn to her friendship in spite of concerns expressed by Thomas.
Through knowing Roxanne, Skyla even gets the courage to take a part time job in a bookstore where she can use her creativity and she blossoms.
I listened to this book on CD while on a trip and when I got near the end, it was truly a "driveway moment." That is a term coined by NPR for stories that will keep you in your car listening, even when you have reached your destination.
The general themes of the book are how tragedy can make friends into family and your family into friends. Growth, understanding, and forgiveness are all wonderfully shown. A gem.
I immediately felt a connection to the main character Skyla and her new neighbor / best friend Roxanne. While I have a lot in common with Skyla, my husband is much more like Roxanne's husband. When ready Audrey's point of view, I felt like I was her daughter in law and found myself frustrated with the way she carried herself. She felt the need to be in control but instead of communicating her wants and needs, she took the classic mid-western approach and was passive aggressive in all of her actions.
The main character, Skyla, was very easy for me to relate to. Being a mother without a mother is not easy. Not all of us want to seek out someone who will fill that void. I found myself becoming very frustrated with how her mother in law, Audrey, felt she needed to be such a huge part of Skyla's life. What really got to me was how insulted Audrey was that Skyla would not call her Mom. When a woman lost her mom at a young age, she will not take lightly who, if anyone, she chooses to call Mom in the future. I guess it is not something one can relate to unless they are unlucky enough to be in this situation.
Overall, I am going to give this book 5 stars and I beyond excited to read another McQuestion novel!
Top reviews from other countries
A scattered life tells the story of Skyla who having spent her life growing up with barely any family and on the move most of the time has found a settled domestic life in Wisconsin with sensible husband Thomas and daughter Nora. When Skyla takes a job at a local book shop she begins to find her independence and remember he old passions for life and begins to question her life and look for more from it.
I have to say that on the whole I was pretty disapointed by this book, it was a nice enough story and I felt like it had the potential to be something special but it just never got there. The story was well observed and well structured but on the whole I was bored by the characters, there wasnt really any insight into their emotions as the story progressed so you didnt really feel like you were sharing a journey or experience with them.
I think I felt like I was getting to know the characters and waiting for the moment when we would get more involved with them but it just never happened.
If you are looking for a nice enough story to entertain you then this book is good enough but its not a story that stayed with me long after I finished the last page.
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