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ISBN13: 9780062027283
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Susan McBride, author of Little Black Dress and The Cougar Club, gives us her most unforgettable novel to date with this deliciously emotional story of family, forgiveness, love, and magic.

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?

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"McBride (The Cougar Club) takes readers on a winding journey to examine the far-reaching implications of dishonesty. It's 2010 and single mother Gretchen Brink — who gave birth as a teenager to now-39-year-old Abigail — is living quietly in Walnut Ridge, Mo., with her blind twin sisters, Bennie and Trudy, when a violent twister rips through their farm. While assessing the property damage, Gretchen finds an oddly familiar man trapped under a fallen walnut tree — and subsequently sees that the long-barren tree has delivered an abundance of nuts. Is the mystery man the long-missing Sam Winston, who disappeared years earlier from a refugee camp in Africa and who Gretchen claimed is Abigail's father? At the same time, Abigail is headed home from Chicago with big news of her own: she's pregnant and soon to become a single mother herself. Abigail is convinced that her father has returned — but how can Gretchen admit that she lied about her daughter's parentage? In working through that knotty problem, the author also takes a detour into the past, exploring generations that came before in the '30s, '50s, and '70s. Seamlessly toggling between decades, McBride delivers a poignant page-turner with flawed but lovable characters. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The Truth About Love and Lighting is a deliciously emotional story of family, forgiveness, love, and magic from Susan McBride.

A lie that Gretchen Brink told 40 years ago comes back to haunt her when a tornado brings together Sam, a mysterious man who cant remember anything, and Abby, her newly pregnant daughter who is convinced Sam is her long-lost father. Though decades old, when Gretchens secrets are revealed, the ramifications will affect them all in ways they never could have imagined.

A mesmerizing study of family and love, The Truth About Love and Lightning is touching and observant, reminding us that we never know when our lives are on the precipice of change.

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 five-year breast cancer survivor and often speaks to women's groups about her experience. In January 2012, she was named one of St. Louis's 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. She and her husband have just welcomed their first child. As Susan likes to say, "Life is never boring."

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Silvers Reviews, January 20, 2013 (view all comments by Silvers Reviews)
Did the storm really bring Sam along with it....the Sam who disappeared 40 years ago? As much as Gretchen wanted it to be Sam, she was worried that his return may mean that
her secret/her lie would be exposed.

Regardless, it couldn't be anyone but Sam especially since it was well known that his ancestors were famous for storms, lightning, and unusual things happening when lightning struck. Could it really have happened again no matter how strange....rain, lightening, and walnuts?

Strange things do and have happened at the farmhouse where Sam grew up and where Gretchen and her sisters now lived. Strange things such as ghosts knocking on the front door and now the farmhouse being the only place that had electricity when the entire town had none because of the storm that blew through town the day before with Sam on its coattails.

The Truth About Love & Lightening is a book that has lovable, appealing characters with interesting backgrounds. The characters are the basis, the wonder, and the root of what made Ms. McBride's book a marvelous read.

Ms. McBride always pleases her readers with a mixture of splendid characters, great story lines, and a little bit of mystery. Waiting for the answer about Sam and also the answer about Gretchen's secret/lie was cleverly and expertly carried out with flashbacks and details of the current lives of the characters. The unhurried way Ms. McBride melts the reader into the suspense of Sam and his family's past and also into each character's feelings and believability makes you turn the pages not in an unhurried pace but at a hurried, curious pace.

I really enjoyed the book because of Ms. McBride's smooth, splendid writing style. She glides seamlessly from one period of time to the other and gives you just enough information that you keeps you involved.

Don't miss this marvelous read by Susan McBride which also teaches us about love and the wisdom of living our lives where we are now, being happy with what we have now, and not living in the past. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062027283
Author:
Mcbride, Susan
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Author:
McBride, Susan
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.720721 in 10.4 oz

Related Subjects

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Family Life

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McBride (The Cougar Club) takes readers on a winding journey to examine the far-reaching implications of dishonesty. It's 2010 and single mother Gretchen Brink — who gave birth as a teenager to now-39-year-old Abigail — is living quietly in Walnut Ridge, Mo., with her blind twin sisters, Bennie and Trudy, when a violent twister rips through their farm. While assessing the property damage, Gretchen finds an oddly familiar man trapped under a fallen walnut tree — and subsequently sees that the long-barren tree has delivered an abundance of nuts. Is the mystery man the long-missing Sam Winston, who disappeared years earlier from a refugee camp in Africa and who Gretchen claimed is Abigail's father? At the same time, Abigail is headed home from Chicago with big news of her own: she's pregnant and soon to become a single mother herself. Abigail is convinced that her father has returned — but how can Gretchen admit that she lied about her daughter's parentage? In working through that knotty problem, the author also takes a detour into the past, exploring generations that came before in the '30s, '50s, and '70s. Seamlessly toggling between decades, McBride delivers a poignant page-turner with flawed but lovable characters. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The Truth About Love and Lighting is a deliciously emotional story of family, forgiveness, love, and magic from Susan McBride.

A lie that Gretchen Brink told 40 years ago comes back to haunt her when a tornado brings together Sam, a mysterious man who cant remember anything, and Abby, her newly pregnant daughter who is convinced Sam is her long-lost father. Though decades old, when Gretchens secrets are revealed, the ramifications will affect them all in ways they never could have imagined.

A mesmerizing study of family and love, The Truth About Love and Lightning is touching and observant, reminding us that we never know when our lives are on the precipice of change.

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