Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Truth About Love and Lightning
Author: Susan McBride
Trade Paperback, HarperCollins/William Morrow
February 12, 2013
As far as Gretchen Brink is concerned, the tornado that just ripped through her land has nothing on the storms of a different sort happening all around her. Her grown daughter, Abby, has returned home with news that she's pregnant, and no, she's not sure whether she's going to marry the father. A man with no memory has been dropped practically on her doorstep. And the not-so-little white lie she's been telling for years is about to catch up with her.
Abby is sure that the mysterious man is her long-lost father, Sam, who has finally returned just when she needs him most. As Abby, Gretchen, and the Man Who Might Be Sam get closer, the lie Gretchen told all those years ago begins to haunt her. When her secrets come out, and Sam's past is finally revealed, will it tear down this fragile life they've built—or will the truth bring them all closer together?
This is a nicely fleshed out novel that flashes back and forth in time through the eyes of various characters, slowly building to the secret that Gretchen has been hiding for almost 40 years.
Gretchen has spent her entire life since she was 5 taking care of her sisters and then her baby. She has long since given up on love. But suddenly, there's hope in her heart that she might still have that chance again.
Intertwined is also a nice story line with mysticism running through it, a generational ability to create weather that while helping others, takes a terrible toll on the men who own the ability.
A good enjoyable novel filled with love.