Book Review: The Truth About Love & Lightning by Susan McBride
February 24, 2013 7 Comments
The Truth About Love & Lightning: What it is about
From the publishers: “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?“
The Truth About Love & Lightning: What I thought
The book started with Abby, in the present time, but soon moved back to the 1930s and Hank Littlefoot, of native Indian descent, who, it seems, can make it rain. I didn’t like the transition away from Abby, but after a short while, I found Hank’s story very intriguing too.
The book also delves into the pasts of Abby’s mother, Gretchen, and Sam, her childhood friend. Although the lengthy stories all were related to the main story, I sometimes felt the book was a bit disjointed.
But the possibility of magic made up for it. I loved the idea that “Sam” had fallen out of the sky in a tornado, and that the electricity at the farm worked fine, even though the electricity cables hadn’t been fixed after the storm.
I very much enjoyed reading this and figuring out what had happened in the past.
Rating: 4 (out of 5)
Number of pages: 336
First published: 2013
I got this book: received for review from William Morrow (an imprint of Harper Collins)
Genre: contemporary fiction
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