Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her—a change she both fears and desperately needs.
Suzanne has the perfect house, ...more
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Fog hung in the trees, a hush of silvery damp, but the girl could tell the sun would burn through before long and dry the grasses hunched under the weight of dew
The cabin stood in a small clearing, and the trees surrounding it had strained toward the heavens for a long time, long enough for the trunks to have become too thick for the girl to enclose them in the circle of her arms, long enough for anyone with decency to fall silent in reverence.
The fog had disappeared...more
There are times when there are no words. When you are writing a review and you know that you just can’t do an author’s novel justice. This is one of those times.
I was lucky enough to be offered an advanced copy of “True Places” from the author, Sonja Yoerg and of course, I jumped at the chance after having read her prior novel “All the Best People” last year as that book and those characters have stayed with me. The same can be said for “True Places.” Ther ...more
What a beautiful story. I have now read all four of Ms. Yoerg’s books, and she never fails to deliver a well-written tale with significant depth.
This one focuses on Suzanne, a housewife and mother who is doing the best she can to keep her dysfunctional family rolling on. Her co-protagonist is Iris, a teenager who has lived her whole life in the Blue Ridge Mountains without ever experiencing a “modern” lifestyle. How these two come together and help each other handle ...more
Sonja Yoerg has an impeccable talent of pouring her beautiful words across the pages with such elegance, love, and inspiration. I fell in love with Sonja's writing in All The Best People last year and her new novel is nothing short of amazing.
This novel spoke to me in so many different ways. Yoerg truly shines with her descriptions of the natural world. I was mesmerized with the beautiful words that truly come to light in this nove ...more
Suzanne is informed that Iris will be placed in foster care if no relative can be located. Without consulting her family, she decides to bring Iris into her household. This ...more
If you enjoy book club and upmarket women’s fiction in contemporary settings – and family drama, replete with difficult teens – this book is a must. The prose is assured and lovely, and where Yoerg shines the most, I think, is in her de ...more
Suzanne is a wife and mother who has over scheduled her life to ta ...more
She writes strong and impactful stories that leave readers satisfied with a resolved story that will stand out in the readers minds. This latest book is no different—a strong and memorable plot the lef ...more
And just as Suzanne saw some reasons for change, I also found some things within myself that I could do differently, ...more
I am the harried Suzanne who has defined herself through over-busyness—and, while asking nothing in return, is slowly depleted. Like her, I had to learn to build the life I wanted. I hold within me warring teens, each of whom is hoping that their way will lead to love—one clamoring for acceptance and notice (Brynn), one str ...more
To begin, one of my favorite things about a book is the way it transports me to another location or era, and Yoerg does this brilliantly. She paints a picture of the Blue Ridge mountains and of the bush in Africa with loving detail. I could see it so clearly in my mind's eye, that I felt like a fly on the wall, listening in on each character's secre ...more
Suzanne, a wife, mother and daughter is stretched too thin and is too giving to her family. Her husband, Whit, loves her dearly but doesn’t let her be who she really needs to be to let her grow. Her son, Reid is slightly different than most teenage boys and doesn’t get along with his father. Her fifteen-year-old daughter, ...more
As usual, Sonja's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and engaging. I was completely lost ...more
I found myself relating to the main character in unexpected ways and loved that the story is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I live in the area so it was really neat to read about places I am familiar with. A truly dynamic novel. I highly recommend.
I read the first chapter at least twice, not wanting to miss a word of the beautifully and heartfelt emotions of the outdoors and the situation evolving.
Iris, a waif is left on her own, for some time. Suzanne, is an affluent wife and mother, escaping a day of demands, by going on a long drive...very out of character. She sees something in the side of the road and finds Iris, alone and very ill. This starts a story that will change ...more
The characters are so real and you immediately "feel" them. The descriptions are wonderfully done and made Iris's woods and cabin feel like I'd been there.
There is so much to unpack in this book. There's family drama, love, concern for others, a helicopter mom who doesn't know how to stop, a pretty disconnected dad and so many things and issues that are now a part of our everyday lives that we could easily do without or with les ...more
The main character of this novel is a stay-at-home mom named Suzanne. She's one of those moms who tries to be everything for everybody and fills every moment of every day with different tasks and commitments that she thinks will make her the perfect mother, wife, and daughter; however, somewhere along the way she has completely lost herself in the service of others. Her love of botany and passion for life has been buried be ...more
True Places, Sonja Yoerg
I received an advance copy of the latest book by Sonja Yoerg and promptly dropped everything and read it over two days!
The premise sounded fascinating. Suzanne, an over scheduled mother and wife rescues a young girl who’s been on her own, living in the Blue Ridge mountains, completely isolated and feels compelled to take her into her family.
The repercussions of that decision and the result it has on her marriage and her children is both heartbreaking and ...more
A taste of what I loved:
~ Beautiful writing and themes dear to my heart.
"The cabin stood in a small clearing, and the trees surrounding it had strained toward the heavens for a long time, long enough for the trunks to have become too thick for ...more
I've published three novels, HOUSE BROKEN, MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, and ALL THE BEST PEOPLE. My fourth, TRUE PLACES, will be released 1 January 2019. I'm very excited about it, but ...more