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
“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
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
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 ...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
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 ...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
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
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
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 ...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
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
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
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
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
Told with alternating points of view, which allows the reader to not only be aware of Clair ...more
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.
I have no doubt that tragic circumstances like these take the worst of tolls on marriages, relationships and pretty much everything around you. T ...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