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Little Lovely Things

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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 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
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Published April 2nd 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*4.5 STARS *

“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
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
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire Rawlings is a busy mom of two. She’s also a medical resident and finds herself in the throes of an allergic reaction as she’s driving her daughters to work with her. She wakes up in a gas station bathroom, and her girls are gone.

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
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, blog-tour
A compelling and addictive story that will keep you glued to those pages all night long!

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
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
4 stars!

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 hus
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Claire Rawlings is feeling feverish and worried she might pass out while driving to her medical residency. She is forced to pull over at a gas station while her two young daughters sleep in the car. In her weakened state, she runs to the bathroom while leaving her girls in the car. After passing out, she awakens to find her car and children are missing.

Claire along with her husband, Glenn, struggle with the hope of seeing their daughters again. Their future together dissolves into coping with t
Susanne  Strong
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.5 Stars* (rounded down)

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 th
Theresa Alan
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire gets incredibly ill while driving to work with her four-year-old daughter and baby daughter in the back seat. Dizzy, she pulls into a gas station, and staggers in a blurry haze to the bathroom. When she comes back out, her car and daughters are gone.

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.
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Maureen Joyce Connolly’s debut novel, Little Lovely Things, every parent’s worst nightmare plays out as two parent’s search for information about their young daughters who’ve gone missing. With a rawness that makes the story authentic and emotional, Connolly still manages to add lightness and hope to a difficult subject matter.

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
4+ Stars.

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,

In 1991 Claire Rawlings is a busy but happy wife and mother of two beautiful little girls, four year old Andrea and toddler Lily. Studying to complete year last year of Medicine, her marriage is financially and emotionally strained but soon she'll be a fully qualified doctor and her family life should become more relaxed. But that all changes in an instant when she experiences every mother's worst nightmare. Driving the girls to day care one morning while suffering an allergic reaction to a vacc ...more
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

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 stat
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel is beautifully written and at the same time riveting and heartbreaking!

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
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly from NetGalley for my honest review.

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
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
4.5 Stars

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
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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
Margaret Mary
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
Little Lovely Things starts conventionally, setting the scene of a typical modern family with two kids, mum and dad. Both parents are working and struggling to maintain the balance between work and quality time with the kids, portraying the feeling of a hectic but cohesive loving family environment.

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
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

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
Susan Peterson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was completely spellbound by this book...a riveting and heart-wrenching story that illustrates how our lives can change in an instant. One minute Claire is the mother of two daughters, happily married, a busy medical resident, in the next moment she is grief-stricken, a shell of her former self. I was on the edge of my seat throughout, turning pages so quickly it was as if they turned themselves. Along with a compelling story, the characters are so wonderfully written that their emotions becam ...more
Claire Rawlings gets sick while driving with her young children in the car. While her girls sleep in the back seat, Claire pulls over at a gas station. When Claire comes out of the bathroom, her car, and her girls, are gone. The guilt of leaving her children alone and the search for them weighs heavily on Claire. Her health, marriage, and work all suffer as the search for her daughters seems to go nowhere.

Told with alternating points of view, which allows the reader to not only be aware of Clair
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so honored to be asked to be part of the book tour for this wonderful book! I began reading this book during the wonderful polar vortex in Michigan, it was a nice surprise to see that this book took place partly in Michigan as well! Yes I’m a Michigander! Claire a mother of two beautiful little girls happily married to her husband Glen she’s a physician in training. Claire wakes up with a fever and a small rash but she doesn’t want to miss her rounds, she rushes around packs the girls in t ...more
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Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I must admit that this story exceeded my expectations. The intensity of the story line kept me thoroughly riveted and engrossed. With a complex and realistic cast of characters, the author does a phenomenal job of showing Claire's undying mother's love and emotional quest to find her daughter(s). The author transports the reader into this fast-paced white-knuckle story line with her creative interweaving of psychological tension that leaves the reader's heart palpitating until the ending leaves ...more
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting for a blog tour I’m participating in. I was flying home from vacation and reading this book definitely made my flight feel short. This book grabs you right from the beginning and keeps you hooked until the end. Claire is driving her children to day care so she can get to work at the hospital where she is in her residency. En route Claire becomes violently sick and pulls over to a gas station. She parks right outside the restroom door and props the door open so she ...more
Donna Hines
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Claire is suffering from an allergic reaction but she never dreamed of losing her two precious girls because of her illness.
Her marriage has become strained. Her job requires her to be healthy. Her girls need her.
How will she be able to hold it all together, or can she?
Will she ever see her girls alive?
This is a drama like no other.
Thank you to Maureen, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Oh Claire.... One poor decision leads to so much heartbreak. Could you imagine your body starting to fail you and you're on the brink of a panic attack with your two little girls in the back seat? I'm not sure anyone would be in any shape to make any great judgments. Then waking up from this horrible reaction to find them gone? PARENTS WORST NIGHTMARE!

I have no doubt that tragic circumstances like these take the worst of tolls on marriages, relationships and pretty much everything around you. T
Linda Zagon
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Little Lovely Things” by Maureen Joyce Connolly, Sourcebooks Landmark, April 2, 2019

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
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed my heart and didn’t let go for one moment. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc ebook. I absolutely loved this book. It was heart wrenching and made me cry but also made me not want to put it down. What do you do in the face of unimaginable loss? Glen and Claire have to face this question after their daughters are taken in broad daylight and no clues for the police. I loved this book and hope the author continues to write more spectacular books
Kate Vocke
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire Rawlings is having an allergic reaction. It's getting worse by the minute and she knows, as a medical student, that if she doesn't pull the car over, she could potentially cause an accident and put her two little girls in danger. She takes the nearest exit, and barrels the car into a seedy gas station, pulls around back, and dives into the restroom. She attempts to prop the door, so she can keep an eye on her sleeping daughters in the car, but immediately passes out. Just minutes later, s ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Little Lovely Things is the story of a parent's worst nightmare. Claire was driving her two young daughters to daycare when she had a terrible allergic reaction to meds. She pulled into a gas station, left the car running with the girls still inside and ran into the restroom. After passing out in the restroom, she found her car and her daughters missing. I was pulled into this story from the first page. Little Lovely Things is a page turner! Maureen Joyce Connolly has written a captivating debut ...more
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Maureen is a former owner of a consulting firm that helped specialty drug companies to develop medications for ultra-rare diseases. Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. Her background in science and love of the natural world informs and inspires her writing. LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is h ...more
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