Duinn had got a text from her older sister Nora with a cryptic message of “ I have something for you”. This immediately frightens Quinn. Quinn’s family is successful and lives in a quiet neighborhood. Quinn lives near her mother and with her husband walker who is an artist. Quinn wonders where Nora has been for so long. Nora was the older sister and the wild child of the two. Nora took off right after HS graduation. Liz was Nora and Quinn’s mother and she had tried so hard to be the perfect wife and mother to Nora and Quinn that neither daughter could really connect with or trust their mother. Quinn and Nora had never been close. Quinn never in her wildest dreams thought Nora’s summons would involve Nora dropping off a six year old little girl she called Lucy but who was in fact Everlee. Everlee’s mother was Nora’s best friend- Tiffany’s daughter and Nora is determined to protect Lucy from Tiffany's nasty husband. Nora comes and drops off Lucy and tells Quinn not to tell anyone especially Liz with no explanations why. Quinn is to hide Lucy. Nora does promise to come back and get Lucy then Nora disappears. . But it isn’t easy to hide Lucy. But everything Nora cares about is being threatened. Secrets are revealed as time goes on and tells about the damage to the family.
I had mixed feelings about this book. I loved how Quinn did step up to take care of Lucy especially since she really didn’t have much of a choice. I felt this book was filled with emotion, suspense, secrets. Hurt. family drama, tension, and so much more. I did like the different POVs shown. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the book. But I did have problems connecting with some of the characters most of them really. It did drag for me at times. This was also fairly predictable. Also at times I had problems keeping my attention to the story and to want to finish the book. As i said I had mixed feelings but I am sure others got more from this book than I did.
First of all, I did learn that it was apparently the community media operation that created the messed-up advertisement, although they may have had direction -- including text -- from a member of our group. That remains to be seen.
Second, there's some background to this that I chose not to include, but that has now become mildly amusing.
Before each of our events, I compose and send out an email invitation to our "supporters." These are people who sign up at an event, leaving their name and email address, saying that they wish to be notified of future events. I've done this for four or five years now, and the list has grown to the point that I have to send the notice out over the course of a day if I don't want Yahoo to shut my account down for spamming!
At our last membership meeting earlier this month, I was asked by the president of the group if I would send a copy of the invitation to the membership as well. I think part of her reason for this was because she didn't trust that I was actually sending it out, or maybe I'm just paranoid. Anyway, I dutifully sent it out to the membership last week -- a week earlier than it goes to the list. I received a couple of nice responses, thanking me for doing this volunteer task and complimenting me on how well the text was written. (No typos, for one thing.)
One member, however, chose to criticize me on two points. One issue was a judgment call; I explained to her why I chose the option I did. Hardly arguable, since the underlying facts were correct, as she had acknowledged. The other issue was not arguable at all, since the underlying facts were what she herself had provided. So I just laughed it off.
But when the "oh fuck" item showed up, with all its errors, and the question became does anyone even recognize them -- or care -- I just rolled my eyes and engaged in a lot of swearing. Then came the chuckle.
Last night I received another little "thank you" note from another member of the group. She addressed me as "Laura."
Conclusion -- They don't even know enough to care if they wanted to.
Dunning-Kruger rides again!!
By: Nichole Baart
Publication Date: 11/21/2017
My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)
A compelling multi-layered story of family, LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by talented Nichole Baart —a beautifully written story of secrets of the past, motherhood, and sacrifices. Those desperately trying to protect those secrets.
Triumph over tragedy. Loss, hope, and forgiveness.
Set in Minnesota the Sanford family. Two estranged sisters, Quinn and Nora. They have never been close and Quinn is shocked when she receives a cryptic text message from her older sister Nora.
Nora shows up with a six-year-old girl. Her name is Lucy. (Everlee) She instructs her sister to keep her safe and not mention the child to anyone. Particularly their overbearing mother, Liz.
Quinn is married to an artist. Nora always thought her sister was the perfect one. Quinn was the beauty of the family and JJ was the brains – where did Nora fit in?
Turns out Nora was the whole package: whip-smart and lovely, bighearted and wise. She is hiding a secret. Who is she protecting?
Quinn does not understand where this child came from and why is Nora leaving her in her care? Everyone wants answers.
They must protect the child. Slowly the family mystery is unraveled and the parentage of Lucy.
Told from three POV with highly charged topics. When nothing is as it appears. A family hiding behind a façade.
Haunting and heartbreaking, the painful past is revealed. A tragedy turns into something beautiful, bonding a family from the sins of the past.
Powerful, emotional, and suspenseful. Love and friendship. An inside look at a family. A relationship between a mother and two sisters. The lengths one sister will go to protect the ones she loves.
“Broken things are the loveliest.” —Sara Teasdale
For fans of domestic suspense and authors Amy Hatvany, Karma Brown, Joshilyn Jackson, and Heather Gudenkauf.
“We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.”― Ernest
My first book by the author and looking forward to reading more. Would encourage you to read more about the author on her website!
Impressive. Truly, her stories celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and beauty in the midst of brokenness.
A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy.
I've said this before, I'm not a huge fan of the paranormal horror novel, but this series came recommended by one of my favourite authors, so I figured, what the hell, give it a try.
And I enjoyed it!
I liked the main character - the book is written in the first person POV - Eric Carter, who can talk to dead people and can wield some magic. He's what they call a necromancer. His voice is easy to read and he has a sense of humour that hit me in my sweet spot - seasoned with a bit of sarcasm. He's basically a good guy, but he has issues, some of which he actually confronts in this first book of the series. And he likes to dress for the occasion - suit and tie. *LOL*
The setting is contemporary Los Angeles and it abounds in lots of paranormal denizens. Eric has friends there, friends he hasn't really spoken with in 15 years. I liked his friends. He also has enemies. They are good evil enemies. Ghosts and monsters and gods. And when you make a deal with the devil, so to speak, ... well, it's a deal.
Now, there's a lot of blood and gore. Things, living and dead, exploding and melting and destroying and causing mayhem. And lots of blood and gore. Usually it turns me off, but I was willing to go with it this time.
So the book has a paranormal noire detective type feel and noire detective hits a lot of my sweet spots - the paranormal I can take or leave. But this was good. I enjoyed it and I'll be reading the next one.