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South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
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May 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: goodreads-giveaways, adult-fiction, love-story

South of Superior evokes that nostalgic, dreamy-eyed feeling of a simpler time, when the joys of catching your own supper, working hard to restore a forgotten beauty of a building, or loving without worry are yours to grab if you'll just reach for them. Madeline Stone moves to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan after her beloved Emmy dies...an adoptive mother who couldn't have possibly loved her any more than she did. She is in this small town to find her roots...i.e. something about the teenaged mother who abandoned her when she was just a toddler.

What she finds is two sisters, Arbutus and Gladys, who, although, both 80ish, are lively and full of life. In this small town, where everyone knows everyone else, including their histories, Madeline finds a closeness and bonding very different from that with her Emmy. Madeline makes mistakes, struggles to fit in, and falls hopelessly in love with a little boy, Greyson, whose teenaged mother got caught up in a dangerous lifestyle herself. Madeline cares for Greyson while the mom, Randi, is first in the hospital (after a car wreck), then in rehab, then in prison. Greyson becomes part of her and her new found family.

But, what Madeline finds most of all, is a love that is meant to be...not complicated, but right. This she finds in Paul, a pizzeria owner, also trying to make his way in this small town. Paul comes with some demons of his own, yet together they find a way to find the simple joys of life and carry on.

A good story to wrap yourself around when you need to read a heart-warming tale of a modern day couple who just want only those few things in life that make it all worth living. A delight.

Thank you to Lydia Hirt, Riverhead Books, Ellen Airgood, and Goodreads for this ARC.

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