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True Places

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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 desperately needs.

Suzanne has the perfect house,
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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    Release date: Jan 01, 2019
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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 disappeared
    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
    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
    Suzanne Leopold
    Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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
    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
    Deborah Blanchard
    Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: for-review, netgalley
    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
    Judy Collins
    TRUE PLACES is another modern "super" emotionally charged addition to her collection—with lots of heart by Sonja Yoerg set in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. Review coming, as well as a Q&A Elevator Ride with the author, coming December. It is going to be a good one!
    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
    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
    Anne Clermont
    Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Sonja Yoerg is one of those authors who not only has an incredible way with creating the setting of a novel as a character but also has an amazing ability to delve into the psyche of modern family dynamics and behavior. TRUE PLACES is a beautifully written novel that immerses us in a story of a woman, Suzanne, who has devoted herself to her family and her community needs while slowly burying who she really is. Suzanne meets and rescues a young girl who has never been socialized or seen the moder ...more
    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
    Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Every once in awhile a book comes along that wakes me up and makes me look at my life and question my path and begs me for change. This book did that for me. As Suzanne, the mother in the story, finds a reason to look at her life more closely because of the arrival of Iris in her life, I found a reason to look at my life more closely because of the arrival of this book in my life.

    And just as Suzanne saw some reasons for change, I also found some things within myself that I could do differently,
    Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I finished reading an advance reader copy several weeks ago and the story has continued to resonate in my soul. I have finally figured out why: in many ways, I am this story.

    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
    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
    Heather Webb
    May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    There's nothing I like better than making a cup of tea and sitting down with one of Sonja Yoerg's books, and this gorgeous story did not disappoint.

    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
    Vivian Payton
    Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Sonja Yoerg’s novel, TRUE PLACES, is the story about family dynamic, love, loss, hardships, lessons learned and giving up what you love most. Ultimately, love always prevails.

    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,
    Betty Hutchinson
    Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: owned-and-read
    I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. I love Sonja Yoerg's books. She creates characters that are realistic and ones that stay with you long after the book has been finished. Sonja's books draw you in and take you to the places in the stories with her vivid descriptions. You can close your eyes and hear the sounds, smell the smells, see the scenes unfolding, and find yourself right next to the characters she has created. True Places does exactly that. An absolute must read for any ...more
    True Places is a beautifully written story of Iris, who has lived her entire life in the woods, away from civilization and Suzanne, the woman who finds her. Suzanne suffers from terrible anxiety and dealing with her two teen children and husband have taken a toll on her. While on a drive to clear her mind, she finds a starving, sick girl at the edge of the woods. Suzanne brings Iris home with her and they both start on a journey of self discovery. Sonja Yoerg's writing deeply resonated with me!
    Rachel Frank
    Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A beautifully-written pageturner. A must whether you're a longtime fan of Sonja Yoerg or new to her excellent work.
    Susan Gloss
    Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I was lucky to read an advance copy of TRUE PLACES. Sonja Yoerg has a talent for creating richly-drawn, realistic characters, and the Blakemores at the center of this novel are no exception. The family's tensions are familiar and universal... a father and son at odds, a distant daughter, and a mother who has repressed her own ambitions in service to the family. I felt as if I were an extended part of their household, which made it all the more compelling when Iris, an orphan raised in the woods, ...more
    Gina Heron
    Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    In True Places, Sonja Yoerg weaves an exquisitely detailed story that juxtaposes the life and experiences of Iris, a girl raised off-grid who emerges from the wild after losing her family, and Suzanne, the affluent suburban mother who finds Iris and brings her home. Iris's arrival shakes the foundations of Suzanne's perfectly ordered life, and Suzanne recognizes that Iris isn't the only one who's lost her way.

    As usual, Sonja's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and engaging. I was completely lost
    Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    True Places was a beautifully written novel that is thought provoking and really stays with you.
    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.
    Carol Boyer
    Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Sonja Yoerg is one of those authors that let you sink into the beauty of nature as if you were there inside her book, listening to the plaintive cry of the doves, imaging how the dabbled sunlight sifts through the leaves landing deep on the forest floor, and flowers bending with beautiful butterflies. Here and there you breathe in the serenity she describes. Iris is a young girl who lived in these woods, and her story is haunting tearing at your heart. Suzanne a perfect wife, finds Iris along th ...more
    Deborah Blanchard
    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
    Lori Boyd
    Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC of this book, opinion is mine alone. 4.5 stars.

    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
    Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Sonja Yoerg does an amazing job with her latest novel, True Places.

    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
    Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
    True Places was my Kindle First selection for the month of December 2018.

    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
    Jaymi Couch
    Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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    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
    Natalia Iwanyckyj
    Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I loved True Places, from start to finish. Wonderful storytelling and insightful exploration of important issues of modern living. This book will particularly appeal to those searching for their own True Places and those remembering their own true selves.

    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
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    I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor. 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.

    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
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