The truth about love and lightning

by McBride, Susan, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2013
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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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gretchen Brink leads a quiet life on the family farm, caring for her blind twin sisters. When the farm is damaged by a tornado, the women discover a man lying in their field, struck by lightning and suffering from amnesia. The storm's aftermath also brings an unexpected visit from Gretchen's daughter, Abby. As the cleanup begins, the Brink women have much to sort through, including determining the identity of the mysterious stranger. Abby is convinced he is her long-lost father, Sam. Gretchen harbors the same suspicion, although she knows Sam is not really Abby's father, despite telling everyone he was when she became pregnant 40 years ago. As the mystery man's identity is slowly revealed, Gretchen contemplates the eventual discovery of her decades-old lie and its impact on her fragile daughter. Despite a plot that is a bit too neatly tied up, this novel offers an interesting cast of characters, particularly the twins, whose lack of sight gives them insight into everyone and everything. McBride's novel is a gentle reminder of the unexpected and inevitable nature of change.--Gladstein, Carol Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "McBride (The Cougar Club) takes readers on a winding journey to examine the far-reaching implications of dishonesty. It's 2010 and single mother Gretchen Brink-who gave birth as a teenager to now-39-year-old Abigail-is living quietly in Walnut Ridge, Mo., with her blind twin sisters, Bennie and Trudy, when a violent twister rips through their farm. While assessing the property damage, Gretchen finds an oddly familiar man trapped under a fallen walnut tree-and subsequently sees that the long-barren tree has delivered an abundance of nuts. Is the mystery man the long-missing Sam Winston, who disappeared years earlier from a refugee camp in Africa and who Gretchen claimed is Abigail's father? At the same time, Abigail is headed home from Chicago with big news of her own: she's pregnant and soon to become a single mother herself. Abigail is convinced that her father has returned-but how can Gretchen admit that she lied about her daughter's parentage? In working through that knotty problem, the author also takes a detour into the past, exploring generations that came before in the '30s, '50s, and '70s. Seamlessly toggling between decades, McBride delivers a poignant page-turner with flawed but lovable characters. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Family secrets -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :William Morrow,2013
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Cover.
Description 315, 8 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780062027283 (pbk.)
006202728X (pbk.)
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