Title: The Truth About Love & Lightning
Author: Susan McBride
Summary: 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?
My Thoughts: The Truth About Love & Lightning by Susan McBride was a lot of fun to read. While everything is related, there are a few stories going through the book. We have Gretchen and her daughter, Abby, following the tornado mentioned in the summary. We also have the history of Gretchen and Sam’s relationship, as well as some of his ancestors. Put all together, it’s an amazing look at a few generations within one family.
I found myself really rooting for all of the characters – well, except the sheriff. Didn’t like him one bit, and really wanted Gretchen to stand up to him more than she does. And, honestly, I’m not entirely sure what his purpose is so far as the wider plot is concerned, (spoiler – highlight to read) except maybe to mislead readers into thinking he’s Abby’s father. But, otherwise, he’s just an annoying fly of a character.
With the exception of the stories from the past, this book is pretty much about a few short days in the lives of these characters. We jump into Abby’s ordeal, and are kicked out before she even reaches the end of the first trimester. It’s not a problem, though, as the story works perfectly. And, really, I think the story is more Gretchen’s story and Sam’s story – and not necessarily their story together. While their stories do intertwine at various points, there is much that is separate, too. But, it’s all valuable insight into these characters, their lives, and how things are in April 2010.
I really liked this a lot and would highly recommend it.
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About the Author: Susan McBride is the author of women’s fiction, including The Truth About Love and Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club, as well as the award-winning Debutante Dropout Mysteries. She calls herself an “accidental cougar” after meeting a man nine years younger in 2005 when she was a St. Louis Magazine “top single.” They were married in February 2008 and live happily ever after in a suburb of St. Louis. She is a six-year breast cancer survivor and often speaks to women’s groups about her experience. In January 2012, she was named one of St. Louis’ “Most Dynamic People of the Year” by the Ladue News. In April 2012, she was given the “Survivor of the Year” Award by the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In late June of 2012, Susan and her husband, Ed, had their first child, Emily. As Susan likes to say, “Life is never boring!”
Visit Susan at her website, susanmcbride.com.
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