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The Girl Made of Clay

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An emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter…and what it takes to mend it.

After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.

Now TR’s ab
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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A woman’s journey from anger to forgiveness

First, let’s talk about the amazing cover artwork for this book. I just love it when authors and publishers put time and thought in the book cover. This was the entire reason I wanted to read The Girl Made of Clay.

Sara has a full life as a mom, wife, volunteer and her time is filled from morning until night. The last thing she needed was for her estranged father to re-enter her life, but enter he does after a devastating fire left him in the burn unit a
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rich and vibrant, The Girl Made of Clay is a heartfelt story about family, forgiveness, and second chances. Meier’s emotionally charged writing, vivid settings, and crisp dialogue weave a powerful tale that brings her characters to life and draws in the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I received a free e-copy of The Girl Made of Clay by Nicole Meier from Goodreads for my honest opinion.

I give this book 3.5 stars. I really love the cover of this book, nicely done. The Girl Made of Clay is a book of second chances. Learning in life to forgive and move on.

Sara, who grew up having a rough childhood. Now, as adult, she is married to a pilot but because he is gone so much for work she has to everything on her own. One day, Sara gets a phone call, telling her that her father is in
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Girl Made Of Clay is a novel that writes about a journey of a strong woman's life from the worst time to her best ones, Nicole is such a talented Author that merges a lot of different emotions inside the novel and writes about a strong topic that is present in most of us!
The Author brings her writings into healing a very huge love and it explores very detailed story, I like the parts of Sara that she is a strong and independent woman and she menages to schedule a very busy life as a mom, wi
Sara and her mother were abandoned by her father when Sara was a young girl and she was left with an emotionally unstable mother and too much responsibility on her young shoulders. Sara’s father, known as “TR”, was a famous sculptor and his fame pulled him away from his family. Sara is now a grown woman with a husband and a young son. Her marriage is not doing well and Sara needs no further complications when she receives a phone call from a hospital telling her that TR was severely burned in a ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
When Sara's estranged father, TR, reaches out to her while healing from a fire, how will she respond? Will she give him a second chance? Or has she moved on?

I'd recommend this one for fans of stories about forgiveness and second chances!

Location: Portland, Oregon

Jamie Rosenblit
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 stars rounded up.

When TR is wounded in a fire, the hospital calls his estranged daughter, Sara, as his emergency contact. Sara is incredibly conflicted as TR abandoned her and her mother when she was a child, however, with his home currently unlivable, he convinces her to let him stay with her for a while as he recovers. Sara is experiencing problems with her husband, bringing TR home does nothing but add fuel to the fire.

As TR struggles to mend his relationship with his daughter and forge
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“Sometimes folks don’t know what they’re doing until it’s too late.”

This novel was pure honesty wrapped up in 304 pages. However slow-paced and tamed in terms of angst, it was an interesting character-driven story, full of family drama. There were different things that surprised me, in a positive way: for instance how the author chose to portray TR, the father who, once upon a time, forgot about his daughter and unstabl
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it

A man leaves his family, cutting off contact with his little girl who adores him. Many years later, he needs her and she has hard choices to make.

I What I liked about this book: The story. I looked forward to seeing what would happen next and I never felt disappointed.

What I loved: The dialogue was flawless. When these characters spoke, I heard real people with real emotions. There was much too little of it though.

What I didn't like: For me, the book sometimes felt like a swamp of words. I felt
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly I never used to be into books like these, about normal life situations, until very recently. Books like this, have really turned me onto the idea, and gotten me reading them more and more, and really just enjoying them when I thought I couldn't before. I think that's the idea of this book, also. That the things you want, you have to work for, even if they're hard at first, and just keep trying until you figure something out.

Check out the rest of my review here!

Cindy Roesel
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Watching her father sculpt was like witnessing a magician produce something out of air. TR was the enchanted wizard, and Sara was his little fairy muse. At least, that was the story she used to tell herself."
In Nicole Meier's new novel, GIRL MADE of CLAY (LakeUnionPublishing), Sara remembers watching her famous father, Thomas Richard Harlow (TR) create art as a little girl, but that was then and this is now. Sara hasn't heard from her father since he left decades ago, leaving her with her unsta
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ If Sara had known what was waiting to greet her that morning, she would've stayed in bed.

Meier has done it again. She has written a book that has both moved me and made me think. She continues to write stories with characters that captive and enthrall. Each character lends themselves to the story and helps built upon the beautifully fleshed out plot. I love that the story is deep and multi-layered. I enjoyed it cover-to-cover and know the characters and story will stay with me for q
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading Nicole’s first book, THE HOUSE OF BRADBURY, I knew she was an author I would forever be a fan of. Her writing immerses you into the characters lives. The good, the bad, and the ugly. With vivid details, relatable characters, and emotions that run deep, you become completely invested. There’s an honesty to her writing and THE GIRL MADE OF CLAY is no different. It’s a powerful story about family, forgiveness (for yourself and others), and second chances.

I loved reading about Sara. A
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a book by this author. I very much enjoyed this story. It was heartfelt and beautiful.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes folks don’t know what they’re doing until it’s too late.”
When TR’s house is ruined in a fire,he finds himself in the hospital with serious injuries.
He needs to find a person and place to live who will help care for him.
Can Sara give her father shelter and that care? Why should she? Sara has not heard from him in so many years. Sara has her own family that barely knows of this man.
Can she find forgiveness for the years he has been gone from her life?
How will they all move forward t
Katherine (
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, thrillers
I received an ARC of the book from Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Make sure to read more reviews at Katherine's Book Reviews.

The Girl Made of Clay is a contemporary fiction novel by Nicole Meier.


After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity li
Calista Andrechek
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley, Nicole Meier and Lake Union Publishing for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah has a busy life with her ten-year old son and her husband that is always jetting off for work. Her marriage is struggling, as is it with all the pressure she’s under while her husband is absent. She needs to focus on her marriage and son when she receives a call that changes her life. Her estranged father has been in an accident and needs someone to take care of him. She hasn’t
Donna Hines
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Can second chances and forgiveness be possible in today's day and age?
Sarah's father has been gravely injured and she must now be his caretaker, but how can she when she knows so little about him?
Two's company and three's a crowd and this new arrangement is causing a riff in the marriage.
His grandson wants to get to know him and has already begun bonding but will that end because of her strong dislike of her father?
This is heartfelt and emotionally draining upon those of us who felt unloved by o
Tara Vaglio
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Girl Made of Clay is a great story that focuses on second chances, moving on, and ultimately forgiveness. I found myself in a lot of these pages; the author does a great job on a topic that 'm sure a lot of people encounter throughout their life. Although the story felt a little slow during some sections, the writing definitely made me want to keep reading.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-first
I really enjoyed the tough emotions that were portrayed in this novel! Sara finds out that her father has been injured in a house fire. She hasn’t seen her father since she was a young girl. She allows him to come to her house to help him with his injuries. This creates many difficult situations with Sara, as well as with her husband and her young son. The story is an intricate exploration of the relationship between a child and their long estranged parent. It also explores the relationship of a ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An entertaining and emotional book with the possibility of trying to make amends after many years of being torn apart. A tragedy happens to be the catalyst to set this all into motion. It was a well written book which flowed easily.
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced readers copy.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of The Girl Made of Clay and I enjoyed it so much! It was such a great page turner and I loved the characters. Meier intricately told a deeply touching story of a broken family. The book takes you on a journey of several relationships and there is something so relatable in all of them. It is written with a hint of suspense that keeps you wanting more! Meier's writing is so detailed you can feel, taste and touch the details of the book.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book you want to own. It’s about family and forgiveness there is simplicity and elegance to this story, this is the kind of book you read at the beach with no interruptions. It keeps you rooted to your beach towel long after the sun goes down.

I was gifted this book by the author. Nicole, thank you for an afternoon of joy.

Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sara has a busy suburban life with a ten year old son and a husband who is always traveling for work. In fact, her marriage is struggling with all of the pressure her husband's increasing absences have put upon her. She needs to focus on her marriage but instead gets a phone call that changes her life. Her estranged father, with whom she has had no contact since she was a teen, has been in an accident and needs her. Taking in her father could help ease years of pain and get answers she has been ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishers for this book. My review is mine and does not reflect the fact that I was given a copy.

This book was ok. It was very good in parts but in others I just had a hard time connecting. I do not understand how Sara could or should feel obligated to take care of a man who had not been there for her for the better part of her life. I know she wanted answers and closure. I can personally relate to that. TR was a big jerk to everyone. He was hard to like becau
Tony Parsons
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Portland, OR. Pacific Memorial Hospital. Carrie, & Dr. Burke called Sara Young (wife/mother, Thomas’ daughter, nee Harlow) about Thomas Robert “TR” Harlow (69, father/grand, famous painter/sculptor).
Sam Young (10, son/grand) was off to school.
She had no idea where Charlie (45, husband/father, commercial airline pilot) was.
TR was in the burn unit.
The hospital insisted Sara come see him. She was 16 the last time she saw him.
Sara arrived with Samuel “Sam” Alexander Harlow Young.
Dr. Burke explained
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a beautiful story of family, and all the disappointments and blessings that come with it. I really enjoyed reading Nicole Meier’s new book and I know you will too!

The old saying goes “ you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family” stands true in The Girl Made of Clay. Sara is a stay at home mom to one little boy and a wife to a busy pilot husband. When she gets a phone
call from the hospital asking if she knows TR, everything in her life will change. She hasn’t seen or spoken t
Debi Lantzer
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sara has a busy family life with her husband and 10-year old son, but her marriage is a struggle and the pressure seems to be growing thanks to her husband's traveling for work as a pilot and increasing absences. She knows she needs to focus on her marriage, but instead, Sara gets a phone call that changes her life.

Her father,  famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire and in the hospital.  He needs to find somewhere to live and someone who will help take care for him so he
Chitra Ahanthem
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Nicole Meier’s The Girl Made of Clay is about family and building relationships and cementing hurt with forgiveness. The narrative is from the point of view of two characters: for the most part it is Sara and then on a smaller scale, it is her estranged father, Thomas “TR” Harlow.
I really liked the theme of forgiveness that is the center of the story here but had a hard time warming up to TR who is too curt, too escapist and just plain immature at over 60 years of age. Sara’s character on the o
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a family drama that is so gripping from page one. It has that quiet tension that sucks you right in. You can really feel the conflict between an estranged daughter and her worldly father, while at the same time detect the philial pull.

Sara has been a victim of irresponsible parents, and forced to mature so early in her life. She carries a bitterness inside her that is so evident with her negativity when she reacts to her general environment. The father TR seems like a regular self-cente
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Nicole Meier is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of The Second Chance Supper Club, The House of Bradbury, and The Girl Made of Clay.




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