The Truth About Love and Lightning: A Novel
Gretchen Brink has been keeping a secret for 40 years and when her pregnant daughter Abby comes to visit and an amnesiac man is found after a tornado drops him in their homestead. Abby is convinced that this man is her long lost father Sam and soon Gretchen is beginning to think so too, but this could reveal the secret that she has kept hidden so long and she is afraid.
This a story of love and secrets (although, I figured out the secret long before its unfolding), and was intrigued by the powers of Hank Littlefoot and his power to make it rain, and the importance of knowing this back story to help understand the characters now. The characters are well-developed and likable. I just felt that the secret held for forty years was not a strong reason to keep it a secret. I believe the relationships between Gretchen and her sisters and with her daughter would and could deal with it. Whether, this mysterious man was Sam or not; didn’t matter. The women want him to be the man who they have missed for so long.
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.
Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.