Author: Susan McBride
Published: February 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Category: General fiction
Source: A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
The Truth About Love and Lighting is a deliciously emotional story of family, forgiveness, love, and magic from Susan McBride.
A lie that Gretchen Brink told 40 years ago comes back to haunt her when a tornado brings together Sam, a mysterious man who can’t remember anything, and Abby, her newly pregnant daughter who is convinced Sam is her long-lost father. Though decades old, when Gretchen’s secrets are revealed, the ramifications will affect them all in ways they never could have imagined.
A mesmerizing study of family and love, The Truth About Love and Lightning is touching and observant, reminding us that we never know when our lives are on the precipice of change.
Forty years ago, Gretchen told a lie that saved face for her but which haunted her years later. The lie, she felt, was justified because, unlike her mother who believed in honesty at all cost no matter whom it hurt, she believed in twisting the truth if necessary to spare someone from pain. Her twisted tale, however, is one she has to face years later but she fears doing so may hurt those she loves and feels responsible to protect.
Susan McBride seamlessly travels back and forth in time, filling the gaps between the past and the present with a warmth relative to the heat of the storms conjured within. Aptly named, The Truth About Love and Lightning is a story about love, forgiveness, and the strength of family, and how, with a little magic, true love can find its way home again. The Truth About Love and Lightning is a novel I would recommend for a quick read that'll make you smile.
Susan McBride is the author of women’s fiction, including The Truth About Love and Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club, as well as the award-winning Debutante Dropout Mysteries. She calls herself an “accidental cougar” after meeting a man nine years younger in 2005 when she was a St. Louis Magazine “top single.” They were married in February 2008 and live happily ever after in a suburb of St. Louis. She is a six-year breast cancer survivor and often speaks to women’s groups about her experience. In January 2012, she was named one of St. Louis’ “Most Dynamic People of the Year” by the Ladue News. In April 2012, she was given the “Survivor of the Year” Award by the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In late June of 2012, Susan and her husband, Ed, had their first child, Emily. As Susan likes to say, “Life is never boring!”
Visit Susan at her website, susanmcbride.com.