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The World Came to Us

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Tommy Poole and her mother Meg have decided to become recluses together. Not forever; only for a year. And not at night when the dog needs to be walked. But in the midst of their grief over the loss of Tommy’s other mother, Sam, shutting themselves off from the outside world seems like the only viable path to recovery.

However, while they have decided to step away from th
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Published October 22nd 2019 by Fiction Studio Books
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tommy and her mother Meg are grieving, and they make a pact to become recluses together, to shut the world out, for one year. They’ll still walk the dog, but otherwise, they will keep to themselves in order to heal.

Their plans go awry when Tommy’s best friend needs to move in, and their neighbor becomes more involved in their lives. All of that is topped off with a teenage girl entering their lives.

The World Came to Us is about walking through grief while letting go and letting in. It’s beautifu
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
A sad book that I could understand very well. Loss is a big deal, grief is different for all of us. I loved how Campbell dealt with this and I hope that everyone who reads this book understands how hard it really is.
You are going to find this book one you want to keep on your shelf after you read it, its just that kind of heartwarming read.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend it if you can overcome the grief in the book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favora
The World Came to Us by Molly D. Campbell

Tommy Poole and her mother Meg have just suffered a huge loss with the death of her other mommy, Sam. Meg was deep in her depression. Tommy decided that the best course of action was to become recluses together with her mother Meg for a year - and can only leave the house at night to walk their ever so sweet pit bull. Shutting themselves off from the outside world seemed to only work in the opposite as they were joined by others into their home. Not quite
David Morgan
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Here I find myself reading another book in the Women's Fiction genre that although is not my first choice, I find myself enjoying, a lot! In this story of loss, depression, grief, belonging, self acceptance and bullying we find Tommy moving home with her mom after the death of her mom's wife, "Mommy". They decide to become recluses for a year to allow themselves time to grieve, not going out in the day and only going out at night to walk their loveable pit bull. Always an outsider, growing up wi ...more
Suzy Michael
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Molly D. Campbell writes a love letter to the lost, grieving, and lonely in the form of The World Came to Us. The novel centers around Tommy and Meg, a mother/ daughter duo where Meg just lost her wife, Sam, and Tommy, her Mother. The two decide to be recluses for one year, only going out at night to walk the family pitbull. But just because you decide to shut out the world, doesn't mean it won't come knocking......and knocking, and knocking!
I absolutely adored this book! It's sad, it's hilariou
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book for me was all about the characters! These two hurting women, the grumpy neighbor, the troubled teen, the friends, the family, and the dogs were all such great personalities and it was a pleasure to get to know them all.

I loved the layers in this book and how it gave you a taste of everyone’s trauma but mixed in plenty of humor and happiness. I loved how so much was covered in this book and yet it never felt overwhelming. I recommend this one when you’re looking for a light read with t
Linda Zagon
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Molly D. Campbell, author of "The World Came to Us" has written a captivating, unique, intriguing, emotional and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction. The timeline for this story is in the author's present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated. The characters are different physically or emotionally from what the community or society's expectations might be. T ...more
Linda (My Reading Chronicles)
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is packed full of feelings. I fell in love with Tommy’s character right away. The book is about a daughter and her mom dealing with grief. They decide to become recluses I order to try and overcome it. Although, things don’t exactly as planned. They don’t need to go out because eventually other people find their way in to them. The way grief is described in the book was so raw and real. I couldn’t help but feel I was experiencing their grief myself and in a way I think I was. If you’ve ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Have you ever lost a person so close to you that you couldn’t figure out a way to move on with your life? I have, when my first husband died in 2007. That’s a small part of the reason The World Came to Us drew me in right away.

After Meg loses her wife to cancer, she is thrown into the depths of grief. She decides that she will stay home for one year in mourning. Soon Tommy, her daughter, moves home to be with her. They make a pact that they will be recluses for one year. They stay at home excep
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, blogtour
This book, it kinda sorta saved me from a slump. Not a real slump but the book I was reading wasn’t pulling me in and I felt I was drifting off here and there. I’d start daydreaming while reading and there just wasn’t that “pull” that we all love.

I knew I needed to read this book for a tour for Suzy so I grabbed it for a change of pace.  Thank goodness.

The World Came to Us pulled me into it right away, so much that I didn’t want to stop reading and go to bed. When I woke up the next day it was a
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
This is my first Molly D. Campbell novel and it most certainly will NOT be my last! Campbell not only has an awesome name (what can I say? I love her name.), but she has an incredible talent! She pulled me in from page one and didn't let me go until the last page was reached. 

As a person who lost her mother, I could feel the sadness in this book like it was my own. It's hard to deal with death and grief. But, Campbell chiseled her characters perfectly and really had their emotions shining in thi
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story took a different turn for me, as I kept reading it. Not what I expected....alittle slow in the beginning with good humor, but I gave it a chance and continued reading it later.I was abit confused who was who and realized its a story about judging feelings and  bullying and yet compassionate people and neighbors who bring  those who hate,...bringing them together and find freindships, and empathy in each other.
When Tommy Toole's mom  Sam dies, his  other mom Meg is heartbroken and want
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A recluse, hermit..those weird neighbors who never come outside? Could you ever consider staying inside….for a whole entire year?

Tommy and Meg Poole decide to do exactly this. Meg is suffering the loss of her wife Sam, and just can not deal with the world yet. What else is a daughter supposed to do, but join her mother and make sure she doesn’t go crazy?!

Although, there are some exceptions. Of course Herkie, Tommy’s sweet pitbull needs to be walked. So they decide she can go out at night. During
Marilyn Goncalves
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
So this book turned out to be not what I expected and just what I needed to read.

This story is about dealing with grief, bullying, stereotypes, discrimination, love and family.

There are many layers to this story as each character has a story of their own and brings a few twists and turns here and there .

Tommy and her mom become recluses to morn the death of Tommy’s Mommy Sam for one year.
It’s not as easy as it seems because they can’t keep the outside world out.
Before they know it there’s a fri
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you could just take a year off, would you? I thought about this over the weekend and not sure if I could do it. Though sometimes I would like to take a couple weeks off. In The World Came to Us, Tommy and her mother Meg decide they will be recluses together. They are mourning the loss of Sam, Tommy’s other mother and Meg’s partner. They decide that for one year they will shut themselves off from the rest of the world and that should help them both heal.

Just because they decided to shut the w
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
First novel for me by this award winning author and not the last. Good story with great themes and quirky real characters
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have read several of Molly Campbell's books and notice I gave 5 starts to them. This story deals with a range of topics that usually aren't high on my interest list. Gay marriage, transgender relationships, grief, and bullying. The areas all blend together perfectly and the page turning won't stop, even at midnight. Thomasina returns home to find her mother Meg awash in grief over the death of her wife Sam. They decide to become hermits for a year to deal with their grief to ...more
Rebecca D
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @suzyapprovedbookreviews and @mollydcampbell for my copy of The World Came To Us in Exchange for my honest review. This was a sweet look into the lives of a family struggling with the loss of a spouse and a mother. The story is vividly drawn with strong descriptions that lets you feel immersed in the story.

Tommy’s mom Meg has decided to become a recluse to morn the death of her spouse and Tommy’s mommy Sam. Tommy can not allow her mother to live like this alone so with the help of s
K Fray
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic book. I'll admit that it took me far longer than it should have to realize that Tommy was Meg's daughter but once that was clarified in my brain, I was sucked right along. As a gender non-conforming person myself, who has been able to watch a child be raised by two women, I could not take my eyes off the pages. It was so easy to imagine the little one I know growing up with some of the same questions and concerns. And the sideline characters are hysterical!! Truly wonderful, goo ...more
Susan Peterson
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The World Came to Us is a captivating, entertaining, and thought-provoking novel. Tommy Poole and her mother Meg are grieving the loss of Tommy’s other mom, Meg’s love. Worried about her mom, Tommy joins her in solidarity and the two become recluses, living together and staying inside for a year. But the unexpected happens, as the two women, prepared for solitude, find themselves opening up their lives to new friendships and relationships—as the world comes to them. This wonderful story is fille ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise is a bit odd with a woman refusing to leave her home after her wife’s death so her daughter made a deal with her to stay with her for a year after which time she would return to the world. Eventually the daughter’s friend and dog moved in for support as well. Various damaged people come into their lives as they build a new life in the house.
It’s a well written book about overcoming and/or dealing with discrimination of one type or another. My thought was why would the mom, her wife
Julie Rhinehart
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Not at all what I expected. The family dynamic took a bit to understand, but interesting twist. A year of solitude, not leaving the house after losing Mommy is what Meg and Tom decide on. In addition to their story, novel is about bullying, discrimination of many types and how it affects the characters. It is a bit of a slow read.

Thank you NetGalley and Fiction Studio Books for this advanced reader edition and hearing my honest review. Looking forward to reading more with you
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A heartwarming story about life, love, loss, grieving, and the power of community.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Molly is a 2 time Erma Bombeck award winning writer. She hosts her own humor blog in addition to writing for the popular Moms' website, "Moms Who Need Wine."

Molly has two grown daughters, who pay their own bills. She is proud of them. Molly is also married to an accordion player. This isn't such a wonderful thing.

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