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A Scattered Life Kindle Edition
“McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me.” —Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel
Free spirit Skyla Plinka has found the love and stability she always wanted in her reliable husband, Thomas. Settling into her new family and roles as wife and mother, Skyla finds life in rural Wisconsin satisfying, but she can't seem to quell her growing sense of restlessness. Skyla's only reprieve is her growing friendship with neighbor Roxanne, who has five kids (and counting) and a life in constant disarray—but also a life filled with laughter and love.
Much to the dismay of her intrusive mother-in-law, Audrey, Skyla takes a part-time job at the local bookstore and slowly begins to rediscover her voice, independence, and confidence. Throughout one pivotal year in the life of Skyla, Audrey, and Roxanne, all three very different women will learn what it means to love unconditionally.
With the storytelling ingenuity of Anne Tyler, the writing talent of Jodi Picoult, and the subtlety of Alice Munro, McQuestion offers a satisfying debut that proves she is a gifted portraitist, a natural storyteller, and an author to watch.
- ASIN : B003EJDGBO
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (June 28, 2010)
- Publication date : June 28, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1828 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 267 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,968 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A Scattered Life is a book with so much life in it that it was hard to put down. Every character was real and relatable, with all their flaws, quirks and annoyances. I’ve known people like Skyla who got restless and moved on, not realizing what she wanted was behind her. Thomas, the reliable and sensible guy who seems so set in his ways that it becomes boring. And the lovable Roxanne, whose loud and messy house seems to be from a lack of control and caring, but hides a mother’s love that is more than just a clean and spotless house. I immediately liked Roxanne. At one point in the story, Skyla complements her organization as Roxanne had anything one of her children could have asked for. I loved Roxanne’s response, “it’s not hard, people only make it hard.” It is a lesson in life, love and belonging. It is the lesson that opening yourself up to love can hurt but it is oh, so worth it. It is discovering you are worthy of a family and a place to call home. There were moments of laughter, of anger and of tears. Just like in life, we must go through the bad to see the good. I recommend A Scattered Life.
A Scattered Life is available in paperback, eBook and audiobook
What makes writing this review challenging is that I don't want to to ruin the story by telling you about. It is a novel to experience without expectations. Karen McQuestion has done a wonderful job; wow!
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A scattered life tells the story of Skyla who having spent her life growing up with barely any family and on the move most of the time has found a settled domestic life in Wisconsin with sensible husband Thomas and daughter Nora. When Skyla takes a job at a local book shop she begins to find her independence and remember he old passions for life and begins to question her life and look for more from it.
I have to say that on the whole I was pretty disapointed by this book, it was a nice enough story and I felt like it had the potential to be something special but it just never got there. The story was well observed and well structured but on the whole I was bored by the characters, there wasnt really any insight into their emotions as the story progressed so you didnt really feel like you were sharing a journey or experience with them.
I think I felt like I was getting to know the characters and waiting for the moment when we would get more involved with them but it just never happened.
If you are looking for a nice enough story to entertain you then this book is good enough but its not a story that stayed with me long after I finished the last page.
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