Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Things We Wish Were True –by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen [AVAILABLE 1 SEPTEMBER 2016]

Fiction / Modern Woman
288 pages
5 Stars

I chose this book as my August Kindle First Read. I love the opportunity to try a book in a genre I don't normally read, and this was delightful.

This book is, in a word, delightful.

The story is told through several different points of view, each identified as the chapter heading. It is what I'd call, "women's fiction" for lack of a better term. In other words, I think women will enjoy it far more than men will. Women will be able to relate to the women in this story, and it is mostly about women.

It's almost a coming of age story for a small, close knit community instead of a child. There are a couple of mysteries—who stalked the girl in high school?—what happened to the girl who disappeared a couple of months ago?—why did the wife run off and leave husband and children? And, of course, there is the unlikely heroine who solves them.

I read this book in two days. Although it was not an adrenaline gusher, it compelled me to keep reading. I could relate to the characters, I cared about them, all of them, and wanted to find out how they, and the story, ended.

I have a single criterion for liking fiction (book or movie)—I want to feel better when I close the book than when I picked it up. This book meets that criterion.

This is a perfect book to read at the beach—or in the hammock under the shade tree.

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