26 February 2010 ~ 2 Comments

A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion

I’ve read my fair share of indie books since I got my Kindle. Some are good, some are not so good. But wow. This is really really good. It’s not a life-altering book. In fact, the story is basically of a pretty ordinary woman, with an ordinary family, on an ordinary street.

There is a plot there and you can read the description for that, but the way this story is told, the way it unfolds… and the writing. The writing is absolutely wonderful. This book made me smile, laugh, cry and my heart ache. It’s beautiful. The author should be proud of herself.

Don’t miss this one. I wish I could explain more about why you should but it’s just a simple touching story of a life.

When free-spirited Skyla marries proper and predictable Thomas Plinka, she finally finds the love and stability she’s craved since childhood. She also acquires a new family: mother-in-law Audrey, disapproving and suspicious of Skyla’s nomadic past; father-in-law Walt, gruff but kind; and Thomas’s brothers, sofa-bound Jeffrey, and Dennis, who moved across the country seemingly to avoid the family.

Skyla settles into marriage and motherhood, but quiet life in small-town Wisconsin can’t quell feelings of restlessness. Then into her life comes Madame Picard, the local psychic from the disreputable bookstore, Mystic Books, and new neighbor, Roxanne, whose goal in life is to have twelve kids even though she can’t manage the five she has. Despite her family’s objections, Skyla befriends Roxanne and gets a job at the bookstore, and life gets fuller and more complicated than she ever imagined.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 17

2 Responses to “A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion”

  1. Karen McQuestion 14 August 2010 at 7:01 am Permalink

    Hi Candy, What a wonderful review of my book! The second paragraph actually made me teary. Thank you,thank you for reading A Scattered Life and then taking the time to share your thoughts with others. I’m so glad I came across your site.

  2. Candy 15 August 2010 at 3:29 pm Permalink

    It always makes me a little giddy when an author stops by to say hello. Thanks for doing so and thanks for writing a book that that stayed with me. Loved it.

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