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Clearing in the Woods

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Roberta escapes her humdrum middle-class existence and the persistent ache of her dead mothers secrets by fleeing to Alaska. Having abandoned everything shed 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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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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Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
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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!
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.
Joyce Wagner
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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