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Clearing in the Woods

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Roberta escapes her humdrum middle-class existence and the persistent ache of her dead mother’s secrets by fleeing to Alaska. Having abandoned everything she’d spent her life building, Roberta remakes herself in another place, doing anything other than responding to the demands of her self-absorbed husband, her entitled kids, and her Pottery Barn home. Taking her first job ...more
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Published October 31st 2019
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Madeleine Holly-Rosing
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, suspense
Roberta is a fed-up soccer Mom who lives in Indianapolis. Her husband and kids treat her like a servant and she is done. In a last ditch effort to find some meaning in her life, she takes the urn containing her mother's ashes and heads for Alaska. (Only because it's the farthest she can go without a passport.) Once there, she tries to make sense of her life until things go sideways and she's accused of murder and theft. There is no one to turn to until a handsome Treasury Department Agent steps ...more
Wanda Adams
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Roberta's story could be an "everywoman" story, in that there are days, even weeks and months, when a woman who takes care of seemingly everything and feels as if she's taken for granted simply wants to run away from home, that "Calgon, TAKE ME AWAY" moment. For Roberta, one day, she's absolutely had enough. Her excuse for running away is that she has to find a place to scatter her mother's ashes. She has the cremains in an urn, and she leaves her cookie-cutter Indiana home, heading for the airp ...more
Tonja Drecker
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once it got going, this was a book I couldn't put down. Roberta is a slightly older, middle-aged housewife, who's oldest children are basically out of the house but still expect her to constantly be there for them. Her husband isn't any better, and she's feeling down. In a spur of the moment decision, she grabs an urn with her mother's ashes and flies to Alaska, hoping to find a wonderful spot to finally lay her mother to rest. She also discovers the need to reflect on her own life, and decides ...more
Virginia Babcock
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Go Momma!

When Roberta became conscious of the true state of her dead-end life, she follows a wild impulse and abandons home and hearth in the Midwest for the wilds of Alaska. This book is a fast-paced, keep you guessing, murder mystery. Roberta escapes the life where she sublimated herself to spouse, children, and house and finds a whole heap of trouble. I enjoyed how it all came together at the end. It has an intriguing and satisfying ending. And Roberta + Tim have an interesting relationship;
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Justin Alcala
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read the cover blurb of "Clearing in the Woods" I thought, "Oh, great. A story about a privileged protagonist whose happy life wasn't what she thought it would be, so she cheats on her husband." Still, I gave it a chance. What I learned was that Clearing in the Woods says a lot by not saying much at all. The protagonist, Roberta, is stuck in a rut she put herself into. She thinks she has the American dream, what we all aspire to achieve, but all of it rots in her hands. Then, by a chance ...more
Cynthia Austin
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unfulfilled with her role of wife and mother, Robert Blakenship took her mothers ashes and boarded the flight that would take her as far away from Indianapolis without a passport.

Trying to create a new life in Juneau, Alaska, it doesn't take Roberta long before she is fully surmised in a jewel heist that could very well end her life.

While the book does have intrigue, mystery and suspense, it's hard for me to root for the heroine as she is not a person I care for. From the very first chapter, w
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Lesa Tobiason beach
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun read

The story of a woman's journey to find herself and her past begins with an impromptu trip to set her mother's ashes at rest.
Although an unlikely story, it was a fun read with a few twists. It gets a little slow at times. The author enjoys describing the landscape right down to the basics, and does a good job of making the reader see what she sees.
Equally well written are the emotions of a woman who has lost herself and tries to make sense out of her journey. There are many facets to e
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
What a strangely exciting story! Roberta has taken a flight of fancy and decided now is the time to do something with her mothers ashes so she hops on a plane to Alaska with nothing but the clothes on her back, her handbag and her mothers urn.

Little does she know that in being a generous soul to two backpackers in the airport would lead her life to become endangered and find herself embroiled in a murder case, and jewel smuggling ring!

Clearing the woods was quite an exciting crime novel and I th
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Shari Lorbach
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Clearing in the Woods just blew me away! I couldn't put it down. Newman really knows how to tell a story and keep her readers turning the page. I really connected with the main character Roberta, and I think many women who have husbands and children could as well. Newman's vivid descriptions put me right at the scene with Roberta in many heart-pumping situations. Can't wait to read Newman's next book! ...more
Vickie Fisher
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
An underappreciated wife and mother Roberta takes off without a word to bury her mother’s ashes. Little did she know that she was about to stumble into the world of dangerous intrigue. Clearing in the Woods, is an edge of your seat page-turner. If you are looking for a mystery that is not the norm, this is the book for you.
Dorothy Garino
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The beginning hooked me right away. I read so fast trying to find out what happened to Roberta and why she was leaving her life behind! The author sucks you into Roberta's backstory with insightful memories. I love the twists and turns that the story led me on, this was a great mystery read. ...more
Joyce Wagner
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The majority of this story is set in Juneau and having just been there late last year made it interesting. Even without that context though this was an enjoyable story. Pretty quick read.
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