Little Lovely Things
Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire's symptoms overpower her while she's driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over. Moments later s ...more
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“But nothing makes a room feel emptier than wanting someone in it.”
― Calla Quinn, All the Time
If ever a book was meant to touch the very depths of your soul, then this is it right here!
Claire Rawlings is taken ill whilst driving - so ill, that she fears she’ll pass out, and has no choice but to pull into the nearest gas station. Her daughters, 15 month old Lily, and 4 year old Andrea are asleep in the back of the car, but Claire has to leave them where they are, such is her desperat ...more
Little Lovely Things is a remarkable debut novel from Maureen Joyce Connolly that is enthralling, enigmatic, heart-breaking and full of dark suspense. We anxiously encounter the nightmare every parent dreads. SOMEONE STOLE MY CHILDREN! The story fully engages our emotions and pulls us erratically between hope and despair.
Claire was suffering a dreadful reaction after taking a double vaccine dose, and while driving with her 2 children pulls into a garage where she is violently sick in ...more
Claire Rawlings makes a last minute decision... one that just might cost her everything! On her way into work with her two daughters safely in the backseat, a rush of nausea overtakes her and she feels as though she may vomit. An allergic reaction? Whatever the case, she must stop the car NOW!
Taking the next exit, Claire makes a mad dash into a bathroom behind a local gas station. Rushing into the restroom, she passes out. When she comes to her car is gone. Along with her two beautiful daugh ...more
LITTLE LOVELY THINGS by MAUREEN JOYCE CONNOLLY is a steadily-paced, gripping, dramatic, raw, enigmatic, and dark suspenseful psychological thriller that deeply affected me. This heartbreaking story totally consumed my thoughts and my heart. I was fully engaged right from the very start and my mind didn’t even waver once while I was reading this book.
MAUREEN JOYCE CONNOLLY delivers an intense, well-crafted, believable, and beautifully written story here wi ...more
The tension mounts as the police have no suspects or any direction to go in, while the hours pass by without Claire’s daughters being found. Claire’s marriage is an unhappy one, so she has little social support to help her in this ordeal. A witness comes to light ...more
Maureen Joyce Connelly has crafted a compulsive story. Perfectly paced, vividly told, and emotionally charged, this is one remarkable debut! A book that will make you think about every Little thing you do, and how it could possibly alter the course of your life.
Claire is the mother of two and a medical intern. One day Claire is suffering from what she believes is an allergic reaction, on her way to work with ...more
Claire along with her husband, Glenn, struggle with the hope of seeing their daughters again. Their future together dissolves into coping with t ...more
A parent’s worst nightmare….
Claire Rawlings, a medical resident, and mother of two is driving when she suddenly feels very sick. She needs to pull over, but her daughters are sleeping in the back seat. She finally sees a place to stop. She runs inside the bathroom where she gets violently ill then passes out. When she wakes up, her car and her little girls are gone.
Moira and her boyfriend, Eamon are heading toward ...more
Learn from flowers-always angle towards the sun
Claire is a mother of two girls - Lily and Andrea - and one day she has an allergic reaction. However, she decides to ignore this and starts to drive the girls so she can go off to work. She feels so ill that she eventually has to pull over and stop at a rest stop. She gets out of the car, leaves it running and thinks the girls are perfectly safe. However, once she comes back they are gone. Vanished. Is this a bad dream??
Claire and her h ...more
I’ve read a couple stories of children going missing. This one was different. Odd, actually, because of some of the perspectives the story is told from. I tend to not like extreme coincidences in books, but somehow, in the end, it all worked. ...more
Claire and Glen have a wonderful marriage with two beautiful daughters, Lily, who is fifteen months old and Andrea, who is 4 years of age. Claire has been studying to be a radiology physician and is almost near graduating and Glen is a teacher at a nearby school. All the med students and staff at the hospital must have vaccines, so shortly after getting her shot, Claire seems to be coming down with a cold or just e ...more
Heartbreak & Tragedy.
Claire Rawlings has her two young daughters, Andrea and Lily in the car with her when she is overcome by illness. An allergic reaction. She stops at a gas station, delirious. She runs to the bathroom and unawares, she passes out. When she comes to, her car and her children are gone. Claire and Glen never recover.
There is guilt for having left her children alone and for not doing enough and then there is guilt for having deserted each other at their ...more
As lovely a ...more
Very Well Done Debut! And another new author to keep on my radar.
Most of us have probably read stories, both fiction and non-fiction involving child abduction, but LITTLE LOVELY THINGS has one unsettling, gut-wrenching part, in particular, that will stay with me for a long time that occurs after a mother's violent illness and frightening decision.
What you'll find here is a compelling read about a struggling, loving family with two adorable children and great prospects for the future,...more
About the Book
A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.
Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not l ...more
Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly is a gripping debut novel about the choices we make that will be sure to move you to tears.
What it's about: Claire Rawlings seems like superwoman, a mother of 2 little girls she is also juggling a husband and a medical residency and seems to be holding everything together perfectly. But this illusion will completely shatter one day when she has a bad allergic reaction and her daughters get kidnapped while she is in the bathroom at a gas ...more
A beautifully written yet gripping and emotional read. Claire Rawlings and her husband Glen, have two young daughters, Lily and Andrea. Claire becomes violently ill, while driving with the girls in the car and has to pull over into a gas station. She leaves the girls, sleeping in the car and keeps the bathroom door open so she can see them. Unfortunately, she passes out and when she wak ...more
Little Lovely Things is an excellent, compelling debut by Maureen Joyce Connolly. It's a must read that grabs your attention from the beginning of the novel and never ends as Connolly writes with such vivid, eloquent prose!
Medical resident Claire Rawlings is on her way to work with her two young girls, Andrea and Lily, in her car when she's suddenly so sick from an allergic reaction. The dizziness, weakness, and nausea are so overwhelming that she must pull over at a gas station, so sh ...more
When Claire Rawlings thought of her family, it was more with the mind of a geologist than a physician—the sweeping drumlin of Andrea’s collarbone, the narrow plain of Lily’s sternum, the sculpted features of Glen’s face. Her dreams, too, were crowded with images of rocks and continents gliding, meeting at ragged seams, and then drifting apart.The drama immediately introduced the reader to Claire's foggy and f ...more
I felt like I read a completely different book to everyone else? I connected with little of this novel – too spiritual, philosophical and superstitious for my taste, not to mention overly long, with a lot of filler.
Driving to work with her two young daughter's, Claire Rawlings is overwhelmed by an allergic reaction so severe that she is forced to pull into a gas station in a bad neighbourhood. Nauseous and disorientated she makes a split second decision that will alter the c ...more
Little Lovely Things begins with Claire, the main character, waking up sick. Claire is a mother of two, wife, and a medical resident, soon to be a physician. As Claire sets off for work with her two girls in tow, her condition soon worsens, and she must stop the car to get to a restroom. It is when she passes out in the restroom that her car is stolen and her girls are abducted.
This book grabbed my full attention right from the start. I read the bo ...more
Glen, Claire, Andrea, and Lily had the perfect life until the day Claire had to pull off the road because of dizziness, leave the car running with her daughters in it because of the heat, and then return to find the car and her daughters gone.
Could anything worse have happened? Of course the answer is no. A missing child is a parent's worst nightmare.
We follow the Rawlings family as they move through the heartbreaking days as the police investigate with no luck. As you read you will feel their ...more
I was not prepared for how suddenly the story was going to take a dramatic turn, plummeting this nuclear family into the depths of emotional turmoil and heart-wrenching tragedy, by the cruel abduction ...more
Lily Rawlings is just fifteen months old; her sister Andrea is four and a half; but despite police barricades quickly set up, there’s no sign of the girls or the car. Their parents, Claire and Glen are distraught ...more
OMG! WOW! Maureen Joyce Connolly, Author of “Little Lovely Things” has amazingly written an intense, thought-provoking, intriguing, emotional, riveting, page-turning, captivating, and suspenseful nightmare for any parent. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller. The timeline for this story starts in the past and goes several years into the present when ...more
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