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True Places

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  22,852 ratings  ·  1,465 reviews
A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller

A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.

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 d
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was wonderful!

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 disappe
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this!!

“The girl was not simply ill or lost; she was otherworldly.”

True Places is a beautifully written family drama that focuses on materialism and superficiality. A family is left in shambles after they take in a 15-year-old who has lived off the grid for her enter life, They must either learn to recognize what’s really important in life or lose each other.

Suzanne, a mother of two, is simply existing in her upper-class world in Charlottesville. It appears she has the perfect family--p
Susanne  Strong
5 Lovely, Lyrical and Marvelous Stars!

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
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Sonja R4R
4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars

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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is gonna be so awesome. I cannot wait to read about how this child adjusts to her new surroundings. I mean, she has never even seen running water or electricity! What will she think of this new world and how will it change her? How did she even end up in the woods? What made her finally leave the only home she has ever known?

Everything I hoped I would find in this book, based on the description, is the complete opposite of what I got.

After the death of
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Driving along a parkway in Virginia, Suzanne Blakemore notices something on the side of the road. As she moves closer, she realizes that it is a young girl who is malnourished and in need of medical care. After admitting her at a nearby hospital, she finds out Iris is an orphan who has been struggling to survive in the woods.

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
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
True Places is such an exquisite, emotional, and beautiful story.

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
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
True Places was not what I expect and I found myself not that interest in the story. The story starts off intriguing with our main character mother Suzanne who has lost herself in her daily life finds herself driving to nowhere. She finds a girl Iris who emerges alone from the woods and takes her in to live with her. I soon started to question who will save who and I really wanted to see some depth to that. I found the story focused more on the dynamics of the family over the depth to Iris who g ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
Moby-Dick—Herman Melville

“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
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh, my......

I feel like the wild violet crushed under the heel of the boot in the field. So much promise, so much disappointment.

Sonja Yoerg presents a story set gently in the surrounding area near the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's early April and Suzanne Blakemore, mother of two teens, is rushing between Super Mom trips. She delivers, picks up, relocates, plans, and follows through on a daily basis. All in the name of her family and her Booster Club activities. Her husband, Whit, enters through th
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A remarkably descriptive novel that will lose you in its emotionally gripping pages.

Suzanne Blakemore is hurrying through her busy day, when she spots a figure lying on the road. She stops and discovers a young malnourished girl in need of medical attention. She transports 16 year old, Iris to the hospital and learns that she has been living on her own in the woods for many years. Her mother had passed away in the woods three years ago and her father had disappeared three years before tha
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This was a slow-build at first but quickly turne d into one of those books you just can’t put down. Suzanne, a wealthy mother of two is driving when she discovers a barely conscious girl who’s been living out in the woods. As the chapters slowly unfold, we’re taken through the disconnected lives of Suzanne, her real estate developer husband who’s focused on financial gain, her parents and their dysfunctional marriage, and her children, who have their own set of troubles. Iris, the girl who has n ...more
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Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to thank Christine, a Goodreads friend, for telling me about Sonja Yoerg, who writes such beautifully interesting stories.
Loving nature as I do, True Places was a balm to my soul! Thanks so much, Christine! Iris is found at the edge of a forest - feral, half starved and ill - by Suzanne, who was driving out in the country in an attempt to temporarily escape the pressures of her unsatisfactory life.
In the end, it is Iris who rescues Suzanne, who has lost her identity and the courage to br
Melissa Crytzer Fry
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For starters: that cover! It spoke to me immediately. But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful. While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg’s novels, this one has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and affluent suburban living.

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
Judy D Collins
Check out my fascinating Q&A Elevator Ride Interview with Author, Sonja Yoerg. An exclusive “behind the scenes” look behind TRUE PLACES and some fun facts about the author and her latest book. Plus learn what is coming next!

Sonja Yoerg returns following All The Best People (2017) with her best yet! TRUE PLACES is moving, emotionally charged and beautifully written story with lyrical prose and tons of heart and soul—discovering our true place in life.

For every woman who feels overwhelmed, un
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Since I finished reading True Places on Thursday, I have been thinking very intently about my feelings and thoughts. I have come to the realization that I didn't hate the book, but I didn't fall in love with it either. At first glance, True Places sounds like it will focus on Iris, the young teenage girl that Suzanne finds malnourished and a bit wild. Sure Iris's story is there, but it is more center
David Lawrence
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rate this brilliant creativity 7 stars... I've lived on the edge of the wilderness, so I have witnessed the subtle stirring magic!

“Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you’ve drifted from who you want to be, from what’s right for you, your true place.”

Yoerg, Sonja. True Places: A Novel
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
While out driving, and taking a break from her exhausting life and family, Suzanne comes across a teenage girl. The girl, Iris, is in need of medical attention, and Suzanne rushes the girl to get help. While Iris is in the hospital, it is revealed that she has been living on her own in the wilderness. Suzanne offers to take Iris into her home while the authorities try to locate relatives of Iris. Suzanne’s husband and teenage kids, a son and a daughter, all have different reactions to Iris livin ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
With all the glowing 5 star ratings lauding “lyrical” and “exquisite” prose, I expected to at least enjoy the writing. Did they read the same book as I did?

It starts off well enough - the first chapter made me think it would be worth the effort - but this is a straight-up bad book. It’s a Hallmark movie, it’s a trashy romance novel without the sex or romanace. In other words, a perfect, yet dissatisfied, white lady has a meet-cute (or at least meet-dramatic) and her life is forever changed. And
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suzanne Blakemore is one harried woman juggling a very full upper middle class life. She feels as if she is the hub of a wheel—allowing the spokes to move while she does not. What she needs is something to shake up her life, and that is just what happens when a girl collapses as she emerges from the woods along the Blue Ridge Parkway right in front of Suzanne. The waif is starved, ill and alone. Suzanne takes Iris to the hospital to recover, but the girl appears to have no family and has been li ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, for-review
This is a beautifully written story about the complexities of life and finding your true place in the world. This is the story of Suzanne, her family and Iris, whom Suzanne found by the side of the road. It is about losing yourself, but then finding what makes you happy. The characters are riveting and vividly portrayed. I was there. I could feel the anxiety, the fear and the joy. The landscape is rich in imagery. You can feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. We all lose ourselves ...more
Camille Pagán
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With luminous prose and a story that speaks straight to the heart, Sonja Yoerg has crafted another stunning novel. TRUE PLACES is a beautiful reminder that though we may busy ourselves seeking what we want, what we need has an uncanny way of finding us.
Bette Crosby
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story - well-written and engrossing. This is a story that makes the reader stop and think about the things that hold a priority in your life.
Susan Peterson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you’ve drifted from who you want to be, from what’s right for you, your true place.” Suzanne is living a life filled with the busyness of being a mom, a wife, a volunteer....all the things that keep her scrambling to keep up with everything that seems vital to her family...but there are cracks everywhere, and Suzanne doesn’t recognize herself in the person she’s become. When she finds a young girl on the side of the road, ...more
Rating: 3 uneven stars

In ‘True Places’, Sonja Yoerg has written a book that unfolds in dual storylines, and then dual perspectives once the storylines merge. First we meet Iris and see her struggle to survive alone in the backcountry of North Carolina after her mother dies and leaves her with a one-room cabin and excellent survival skills. Then we are introduced to middle-aged Suzanne Blakemore who is trying to gain some control over her life. Her day is scheduled down to the minute, and she is
Holly Robinson
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given an early copy of this book for review, and although I finished it weeks ago, I'm still thinking about it. Even without the fast-paced plot, which tells the unique story of what happens when a wealthy suburban woman discovers an orphaned girl who has been living in the woods most of her life, this is an unforgettable novel. That's largely because the writing is so hauntingly beautiful, particularly when Yoerg, who carved out a career in animal behavior research prior to becoming an au ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have a huge stack of books to read but when I received a copy of True Places, it went right to the top. I have read all of Sonja's books and knew that it needed to be read NOW. WOW - what a fantastic book - I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. It will definitely be one of my top books of the year. The writing is so beautiful that I had to stop several times to re-read and became part of the story instead of just the reader.

Suzanne is a wife and mother who has over scheduled her life to ta
The Lit Bitch
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been long impressed with Yoerg’s novels and when she has a new one come up, I am always happy to review it! One of the things that I love about Yoerg’s books is that they are standalone novels and the character arcs are wrapped up in the book rather than stretching it out to multiple novels.

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
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too irritating to finish

The premise was intriguing, but the characters were so annoying I dreaded picking the book back up. Life is too short to waste reading about shallow, self-serving people.
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I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor and a history teacher. In my first incarnation, I was a animal behaviorist who studied learning in blue jays, hyenas and kangaroo rats. I wrote a book about that. Now I make stuff up.

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