Thank you to Maureen Joyce Connolly for the advance copy of Lovely Little Things…I know…this book was released April 2, 2019 and here we are in May. I am behind on posting and writing reviews, I told you, that class sucked up all my time! Yikes! Better late than never, right?
TRIGGER WARNING. This book was difficult for me to read. I usually don’t find books a challenge to read because of their content, but this one hit. me. hard. If you cannot handle a child’s death or kidnapping, do not read any further.
This story is about a married couple with a woman who may be a little off her rocker. We aren’t really sure what is going on with her. One day she drives into the city and has a sudden attack. She gets gravely ill and pulls her car (barely) over to a gas station and makes it into the bathroom. She leaves her car running with her two small children in the back as it’s in the midst of summer.
She comes out of the bathroom and her car is gone.
A tale of a family on the brink of disaster, a Lakota Indian man with a strong intuition, and gypsies is what this story is based around. The mother, Claire, ends up befriending Jay, the Lakota Indian, and he ends up being the one who is able to give the police the only clues/leads they are able to get.
The story is told between the perspective of Claire (the mother), Jay (the Lakota Indian), and Moira (one of the gypsies who took the car with the girls inside). It offers a unique perspective on a mother’s worst nightmare and the reasoning behind stealing a child.
Once I got past my own reservations, it was a quick, fast paced read. The kidnapping takes place in 1991 and goes through to present day. Trust me when I say it is worth reading. I had tears in my eyes throughout the book. For a debut novel, Connolly did a wonderful job telling this tale.
I am going to give this book 4 stars. It was gripping with a great plot. The ending…you guys know how picky I am with my endings…it melted my heart, I loved it. The last half of the book I couldn’t put it down, I just had to know what happened, because as the reader, you know what is going on more than the characters. I found myself yelling at the book! Eventually they listened to me, haha. If you come across this book, grab it! If you’re in a book club, this would be a great read for your group!
Title: Little Lovely Things
Author: Maureen Joyce Connolly
Publisher: Sourcebook Landmarks
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon