Review of Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly


Thank you so much to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that balled like a big baby at the ending. Happy tears of course but holy moly did that ending get me.

Claire is training to become a doctor and her life is pretty great with her two daughters, husband, and their dog. One morning she wakes up feeling a little off but knows she can’t miss work and needs to drop her daughters off. On the way there she has to pull over at a gas station and in the bathroom ends up passing out while her two girls are still in the running car. Two homeless, drug addicts stumble upon the car and the guy convinces the girl they should take the kids and the car away from what he says is a druggie mom.
When Claire finally wakes up she can’t believe that her car and her two babies are gone. The search begins to find the kids then tragedy hits in more than one way and Claire and her husband give up hope. Except Claire can’t help but feel that her older daughter is still out there. She can’t anticipate how much her life is about to be thrown for a loop again.

I was a little skeptical about this book at first when all of the Native American culture and language started. I myself know absolutely nothing about their culture and beliefs so I was lost more than a few times. I feel that the author could have explained the language and some of the wording better. Instead I found myself constantly having to stop reading so I could google to figure out what they were talking about. But then as I got more and more into the story I found myself hooked. I didn’t want to stop reading because I was dying to know what was going to happen next.

Another thing I liked about the book was how many different points of view there was. Instead of having the whole story told just through Claire’s perspective you also got two other major characters voices and what was going on with them. It made the story so much more in depth and better than I could have anticipated. Such a great read even though the whole book will have you on an emotional rollercoaster.

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