Book Review: The Truth About Love & Lightning by Susan McBride

The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBrideThis book turned out to contain a little magic, which I hadn’t expected but enjoyed very much.

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

Have you read this book?

What did you think?




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7 Responses to Book Review: The Truth About Love & Lightning by Susan McBride

  1. Charlie says:

    It does sounds disjointed, like you’d want to stick to the main story. With what you’ve said of the magic though, I think I can see how that helped it. Interesting mix of ideas!

  2. Amy says:

    Yours is the first review I’ve read of this book.I enjoyed your review but I’m not so sure about this book for me. Although I laughed about Sam falling from the sky during a tornado, I’m not a big fan of magic in stories. But I think it’s the dis-jointed aspects of the story that really bother me, esp. when it switches from Abby in the past to Hank. I wondered who Hank was and what about Sam and Gretchen?! But I’m going to investigate this book more to decide if I’ll read it.

    Thank you for a terrific review of this interesting book!

  3. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I love a little magical realism in a story if it’s done well. Thanks for sharing your review Judith!

  4. Isi says:

    I also like magical realism; in Spanish and Latin American novels is quite common!
    I think I would like the story, I also love family sagas!

  5. Tesney Ap says:

    It sounds like an interesting book. I really love a little magic in it.

  6. Mel says:

    I’ve never read a book that has magical realism! Thanks for sharing

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