Monday, July 2, 2012

A Simple Thing

Title:  A Simple Thing
Author:  Kathleen McCleary
Publication Information:  HarperCollins Publishers. 2012. 291 pages.

Book Source:  I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program free of cost in exchange for an honest review. The book arrived as a paperback uncorrected proof.

Favorite Quote:  "I like to remind myself that we all decide for ourselves whether things are bad or good. It's all how you choose to look at things."

A Simple Thing turns out to be anything but simple. Susannah Delaney decides to move to Sounder Island with her son and daughter for a year. Her husband stays behind.

Sounder Island is supposed to be a return to a simpler time - no electricity, no rush of day to day life, a life closer to nature. What she hopes is to bring her family away from the struggles and challenges of life at home - social pressures, bullying, and the rat race so to speak.

What she finds is that no matter where you go, your struggles and your thoughts come with you. A lesson that Betty who has lived on the island for fifty years has learned. The book becomes their story - a story of facing the past, overcoming fears, learning forgiveness, and finding happiness within.

I would consider this book a good beach read. A story about love, the past, and family. Not a memorable book, but not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

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