You guys… this one is gonna hurt. In a good way!
Claire Rawlings is having an allergic reaction. It’s getting worse by the minute and she knows, as a medical student, that if she doesn’t pull the car over, she could potentially cause an accident and put her two little girls in danger. She takes the nearest exit, and barrels the car into a seedy gas station, pulls around back, and dives into the restroom. She attempts to prop the door, so she can keep an eye on her sleeping daughters in the car, but immediately passes out. Just minutes later, she hazily wakes into what is her worst nightmare – her car, along with her 2 little girls, is gone.
Nope. Nope. Nope. This is one of those stories you wish you could forget. But you’ll remember for a long, long time. I CANNOT even fathom what it would be like to have something like this happen. I’m not a mother, but if one tiny, little hair of one of my nieces or nephews head was out of place by the hand of a stranger, I would whoop some rear end like no-ones business! And the heartbreak of what follows as a search begins – is staggering. It literally kicks your feet out from under you and smacks you in the face all at the same time.
When Claire and her husband Glenn painstakingly try to aid the authorities in finding their children, the toll that overtakes their marriage is substantial. They wrestle with guilt and heartbreak, and struggle to come to terms with what’s happened individually, while an immense wedge of tension is driven in between them.
The story is unique, in that it’s told from the point of view of several key players in the abduction, as well as one of the little girls. Yes, the emotions run high in this one folks. For a debut of such a riveting story of unthinkable tragedy, the writing is exquisite and memorable. I won’t forget the anguish that is felt by Glenn, the excessive guilt in Claire’s mind, the tension between them and the distress of a scared little girl .
But it’s also filled with lovely little glimmers of hope. And the way the characters lives intersect is so cleverly crafted – it flows so seamlessly. You’ll hang onto every word and savor every feeling. A extraordinary debut!
You get Little Lovely Things HERE when it arrives on shelves on April 2, 2019!
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (April 2, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492672491
- ISBN-13: 978-1492672494
“A shattering adventure.” ― Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
If only things had been different
It is the wrong time to get sick. Speeding down the highway on the way to work, her two little girls sleeping in the back seat, medical resident Claire Rawlings doesn’t have time for the nausea overtaking her. But as the world tilts sideways, she pulls into a gas station, runs to the bathroom, and passes out. When she wakes up minutes later, her car―and her daughters―are gone.
The police have no leads, and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.
As hopeful and uplifting as it is devastating, Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by unthinkable tragedy, and the unexpected intersection of heartbreak and hope.
LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is my debut novel and I am so excited to share it with the world. Through four different POVs, we experience the tragedy and ultimate joy in overcoming loss. NY Times bestselling author, Jacquelyn Mitchard calls it “A Shattering Adventure.”