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Little Lovely Things

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,566 ratings  ·  625 reviews
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
Paperback, 289 pages
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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is a splendid debut by Ms Connolly, full of suspense and emotions, all compressed in a novel that is not 300-page long. Claire Rawlings is a happily married mother of two, with interesting career prospects, when suddenly a tragedy strikes. Due to some most unfortunate circumstances, Claire’s two little daughters, Lily and Andrea, are kidnapped. What happens next is a most heart-breaking story of the girls’ fate and attempts to find them. The plot is told through eyes of seve ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heart-wrenching, authentic, & compelling!

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
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
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
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
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
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3.5 Stars!!

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
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 h
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.
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 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 their
Brenda ~Traveling Sister Book Reviews
Sometimes we make choices, and sometimes life chooses for us, and we are left to pick up the pieces. Little Lovely Things explores a bit of both here while exploring grief, loss and guilt after a devastation twist of fate shatter a family. It is a beautiful and insightful story that is devasting yet hopeful. Claire’s chance decision that left her family shattered had me thinking about how sometimes life throws us the unthinkable and what we do with that creates the story we must live.

As lovely a
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,

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.

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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 l
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
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
This gripping, psychological suspense drama started off with a perfect bang:
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
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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
Kimberly Dawn
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my top favorites this year! A must read!

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
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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Something like cold electricity shot through Claire and she gripped the steering wheel. The dream. It now returned to her with perfect clarity. The girls surrounded by white, playing on a frozen pond, dressed only in summer clothes. Frantic at the thinning surface, Claire called to them, but each crack running from their feet was a delight, another reason to press further from the shore. She watched her daughters grow smaller, tiny as seeds in the distance until finally they were swallo ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Lovely Things is the first novel by American poet and author, Maureen Joyce Connolly. It is any parent's worst nightmare: two young daughters in a car at a gas station, mother having passed out in the rest room from a medication reaction, wakes to find the car and the girls gone.

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
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
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
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I'm a former owner of a consulting firm that helped specialty drug companies to develop medications for ultra-rare diseases. My background in science and love of the natural world informs and inspires my writing. LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is my debut as a novelist, and it is currently on Sale in e-book format!


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