Synopses & Reviews
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?
"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.
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."