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Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly – Book Review

Little Lovely Things


A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire’s symptoms overpower her while she’s driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over. Moments later she wakes up on the floor of a gas station bathroom-her car, and her precious girls have vanished.

The police have no leads and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.

Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by an unthinkable tragedy. Played out in multiple narrative voices, the novel explores how the lives of those affected fatefully intersect, and highlights the potential catastrophe of the small decisions we make every day.

My Thoughts

Have you ever wondered how much of an impact one decision can make in your life? Little Lovely Things explores just that – in a moment of weakness/lapsed judgment, Claire’s life is flipped upside down.

While it wasn’t an easy book to read (the subject matter was extremely heavy), it was such a well written, compelling novel that captivated me from the first pages. I personally find it unbelievable that this is the author’s debut novel – I would’ve thought it was written by a seasoned veteran in the genre. It was so meticulously plotted I truly cannot wait to see what Maureen Joyce Connolly releases next.

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks and MJC for providing my advance review copy! It’s my privilege to share my honest thoughts and opinions with everyone!


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