True Places

True Places

Sonja Yoerg / Jun 19, 2019

True Places A girl emerges from the woods starved ill and alone and collapses Suzanne Blake hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway away from her overscheduled and completely normal life and encounters the girl

  • Title: True Places
  • Author: Sonja Yoerg
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  • A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone and collapses.Suzanne Blake hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her a change she both fears and desperately needs.Suzanne has the perfect house, A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone and collapses.Suzanne Blake hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her a change she both fears and desperately needs.Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world After her discovery of the ethereal sixteen year old who has never experienced civilization, Suzanne is compelled to invite Iris into her family s life and all its apparent privileges.But Iris has an independence, a love of solitude, and a discomfort with materialism that contrasts with everything the Blakes stand for qualities that awaken in Suzanne first a fascination, then a longing Now Suzanne can t help but wonder Is she destined to save Iris, or is Iris the one who will save her Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 347 pages Published January 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing More Details ASIN B07C227DVB Edition Language English Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about True Places, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Why is the first book Ive read with missing pages It stinks that when I am getting towhat seems like EVERY good part a page or two is blank so I have to guess what happens And I bought the book Thanks like 37 days ago See all 3 answers Crislee Moreno This happens to me from time to time with the kindle app So far each time I was able to delete the book and redownload and the pages appear This happens to me from time to time with the kindle app So far each time I was able to delete the book and redownload and the pages appear Sometimes instead of missing pages, the punctuation is symbols The same fix applies Just delete and redownload Has always worked for me And it s rare that it happens at all less flag See 1 question about True Places Lists with This Book 2019 Most Anticipated Releases No YA 189 books 312 voters Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 162 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 01, 2018 Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves kindle first, kindle own This book was wonderful Fog hung in the trees, a hush of silvery damp, but the girl could tell the sun would burn through before long and dry the grasses hunched under the weight of dew The cabin stood in a small clearing, and the trees surrounding it had strained toward the heavens for a long time, long enough for the trunks to have become too thick for the girl to enclose them in the circle of her arms, long enough for anyone with decency to fall silent in reverence The fog had disappeared This book was wonderful Fog hung in the trees, a hush of silvery damp, but the girl could tell the sun would burn through before long and dry the grasses hunched under the weight of dew The cabin stood in a small clearing, and the trees surrounding it had strained toward the heavens for a long time, long enough for the trunks to have become too thick for the girl to enclose them in the circle of her arms, long enough for anyone with decency to fall silent in reverence The fog had disappeared as surreptitiously as it has come The sun was high and all the green in the world was rising toward it She listened as she climbed, her skin and each of her senses bound together into solid awareness Everything surrounds her, impinging on her, she felt and knew One day Suzanne had enough she had to get away from the family and her responsibilities for just a little while so she decided to just drive a little bit She found a little girl next to the woods and took her to the hospital This is where the story of Iris truly begins What happened to her parents Why did she live in the woods People People want to know things about you People want you to follow rules People put chemicals in the water, and ruin good food and hurt animals and waste things that are precious People won t let you live a simple, good life She faced him I don t need people, and I don t want them But life is going to take a different turn for Iris because Suzanne can t leave her alone in a world she knows nothing about Suzanne twisted to look across the treetops and roofs to the rolling hills and the mountains beyond She imagined Iris wandering along the ridges, drinking from the streams, searching for food, sleeping on the forest floor, untethered and unaccountable to anyone but herself Now Suzanne imagined not Iris but herself, alone in the woods The thought made her heart beat faster, and for an instant she wasn t certain whether it was from fear or excitement I loved how this book had POV s for Suzanne, her husband, two kids and Iris We get to find out little things about each of them I loved Suzanne s son, Reid He was a big cool dude I hated the daughter, Brynn until the end And I didn t like the husband, Whit, on and off until the end as well And I m so glad this book had a happy ending for everyone The book had my feel good ending She finished clearing the plants away and squatted on her heels with one hand on the top of the marker, listening The wind sighed through the tops of the trees, shifting the pattern of light falling to the forest floor A pair of dusky blue butterflies, no bigger than her thumbnail, danced in a shifting column of light, then alighted, first one, then the other, on the damp ground, violet blue against brown, before twirling upward once Beyond the clearing, in the undergrowth, a bird kicked through the leaf litter A towhee Happy Reading Mel BLOG REVIEW REVIEW flag 204 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Dec 11, 2018 Meredith rated it really liked it Loved this The girl was not simply ill or lost she was otherworldly True Places is a beautifully written family drama that focuses on materialism and superficiality A family is left in shambles after they take in a 15 year old who has lived off the grid for her enter life, They must either learn to recognize what s really important in life or lose each other.Suzanne, a mother of two, is simply existing in her upper class world in Charlottesville It appears she has the perfect family pe Loved this The girl was not simply ill or lost she was otherworldly True Places is a beautifully written family drama that focuses on materialism and superficiality A family is left in shambles after they take in a 15 year old who has lived off the grid for her enter life, They must either learn to recognize what s really important in life or lose each other.Suzanne, a mother of two, is simply existing in her upper class world in Charlottesville It appears she has the perfect family perfect husband, perfect children, and perfect marriage She spends her time doing charity work and constantly taking care of her husband and children But Suzanne is not living paralyzed by fear from an event in her past, Suzanne has learned to avoid conflict She is physically present, but she s emotionally stilted One day she takes a long drive for an escape, and she stumbles across Iris, a 15 year old girl who has lived her entire life in the forest Without a mother or a home, Suzanne takes in Iris Her family is resistant and Iris does not want to be a part of this new world full of excess and unnecessary things.Iris s appearance exposes the cracks in the perfect facade this family has been hiding behind.Told from alternating chapters, the reader gets to experience the journey and transformation of each character.I really enjoyed True Places. While the plot of a crumbling family is one that felt familiar, the plot surrounding Iris s character was original Iris s character won t be one I forget for a long time While the writing was strong, I felt at times, that it was a bit overly preachy and could have used a little subtlety as the message was pretty obvious However, I was completely transported by Iris s journey and loved the chapters told from her perspective I was moved in the end and became emotionally connected to these characters I would recommend to those who are looking for a family drama with a unique spin flag 157 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Nov 17, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, 2018 five star books, favorite authors, must read 5 Lovely, Lyrical and Marvelous Stars There are times when there are no words When you are writing a review and you know that you just can t do an author s novel justice This is one of those times I was lucky enough to be offered an advanced copy of True Places from the author, Sonja Yoerg and of course, I jumped at the chance after having read her prior novel All the Best People last year as that book and those characters have stayed with me The same can be said for True Places Ther 5 Lovely, Lyrical and Marvelous Stars There are times when there are no words When you are writing a review and you know that you just can t do an author s novel justice This is one of those times I was lucky enough to be offered an advanced copy of True Places from the author, Sonja Yoerg and of course, I jumped at the chance after having read her prior novel All the Best People last year as that book and those characters have stayed with me The same can be said for True Places There is a beauty in Sonja Yoerg s words that transcends all else In True Places a young girl named Iris is found on the outskirts of the forest, alone, emaciated and deathly ill She is brought to a nearby hospital by Suzanne, a pillar of the community Suzanne is a wife and mother her husband Whit, and her two children, Reid and Brynn couldn t function without her Suzanne is scared for the girl and immediately takes Iris under her wing and together they become a foster family Iris, having lived on her own in the woods for so many years, does not fit in, not at Suzanne s, not anywhere but the woods where she came from When Suzanne took Iris in, she imagined that it would be her helping Iris, little does she realize, it s Iris who helps her Who s to say what defines a person Where you belong and what is right for you In True Places, Sonja Yoerg expresses the ways in which people can be completely different from each other yet still belong and have a place in this world The place in which they feel the most comfortable their True Place Sometimes it s obvious and sometimes it takes a bit of work to find.What stood out for me after having now read two of Ms Yoerg s novels besides the fact that I need every book she has ever written is the fact that she skillfully delves into to the heart of family dynamics, emotions and people in a way that a lot of authors simply cannot Her words are beautiful, poetic and soulful In my opinion, this is a character driven novel, each character fulfilling a different role everyone just as important as the other This novel and these characters, especially Suzanne and Iris, are ones to cherish If you have not read a novel by Ms Yoerg, I can t recommend her novels strongly enough.A huge thank you to Sonja Yoerg, NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on , NetGalley, Twitter and Instagram Will be published on on release date flag 148 likesLike see review View all 94 comments Aug 08, 2018 Christine rated it it was amazing Recommended to Christine by Sonja R4R Shelves contemporary fiction, ebooks, asked to review 4.5 stars rounded to 5 starsWhat a beautiful story I have now read all four of Ms Yoerg s books, and she never fails to deliver a well written tale with significant depth This one focuses on Suzanne, a housewife and mother who is doing the best she can to keep her dysfunctional family rolling on Her co protagonist is Iris, a teenager who has lived her whole life in the Blue Ridge Mountains without ever experiencing a modern lifestyle How these two come together and help each other handle 4.5 stars rounded to 5 starsWhat a beautiful story I have now read all four of Ms Yoerg s books, and she never fails to deliver a well written tale with significant depth This one focuses on Suzanne, a housewife and mother who is doing the best she can to keep her dysfunctional family rolling on Her co protagonist is Iris, a teenager who has lived her whole life in the Blue Ridge Mountains without ever experiencing a modern lifestyle How these two come together and help each other handle their pasts and discover a better way of life is the crux of the story Having grown up near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains I loved the Blue Ridge Mountain area setting in Virginia I believe this is home territory for the author Her descriptions brought back those mountain sounds and smells to me Gee I miss all the times I spent with my family in the mountains of the southeast Tennessee I understand Ms Yoerg is also an avid gardener and plant lover, and her knowledge of the flora of the mountains in her area is clearly demonstrated in True Places Her descriptive imagery is lovely.There is a lot going on in True Places, but Ms Yoerg keeps us on track There are issues between Suzanne and her parents, her husband, and her children despite her efforts to keep things moving as smoothly as possible Each of her two children have problems, and poor Iris is having a hard time without her family and trying to assimilate into the real world At one point I wondered how all of this could possibly be resolved I liked the way the author brought things together at the end, though I wished the resolution had been drawn out a little , hence the withholding of half a star I must commend the artist responsible for the cover and the author for a perfect title Not only does the title sum up the story in two words, it is intriguing and original in this age of so many similar and oh so tired titles My first impressions of a book are almost always based on the cover and the title, and this one hauled me in like a mega magnet.I felt for the realistically drawn characters, especially Suzanne, Iris, and Reid I was pleased Ms Yoerg didn t fluff things up with a perfect , and thus unrealistic, ending I would love to visit this family again in ten years to see how things all worked out for them, but at the same time I m glad the author elected not to have an epilogue Despite it feeling a tad rushed, the denouement is satisfying just as it is.What I liked most about this novel is that the story made me think Have I made the most of my life Am I in my own true place I highly recommend True Places and Ms Yoerg s other three books to all readers of contemporary fiction I await the author s next offering with great anticipation.Thank you, Ms Yoerg, for gifting me an ARC of True Places Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way flag 96 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Jan 10, 2019 Felicia rated it it was ok MY THOUGHTS AFTER READING THE SYNOPSIS This is gonna be so awesome I cannot wait to read about how this child adjusts to her new surroundings I mean, she has never even seen running water or electricity What will she think of this new world and how will it change her How did she even end up in the woods What made her finally leave the only home she has ever known Everything I hoped I would find in this book, based on the description, is the complete opposite of what I got.After the death of MY THOUGHTS AFTER READING THE SYNOPSIS This is gonna be so awesome I cannot wait to read about how this child adjusts to her new surroundings I mean, she has never even seen running water or electricity What will she think of this new world and how will it change her How did she even end up in the woods What made her finally leave the only home she has ever known Everything I hoped I would find in this book, based on the description, is the complete opposite of what I got.After the death of her mother, a child that has been living off the grid in the woods stumbles into the modern world where she is discovered and ultimately taken in by the woman that found her, Suzanne.This story isn t about Iris at all, it is about Suzanne and her shallow, self serving, unrealistic, clich caricature of a wealthy entitled American family I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was also an Prime First Reads choice flag 65 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Maryvic Exactly my take on it Me, me, me, me Did not like any of the characters Jan 30, 2019 07 12PM Felicia Pat Maryvic definitely majorly disappointed with this one Jan 30, 2019 09 43PM Nov 10, 2018 Kendall rated it it was amazing True Places is such an exquisite, emotional, and beautiful story.Sonja Yoerg has an impeccable talent of pouring her beautiful words across the pages with such elegance, love, and inspiration I fell in love with Sonja s writing in All The Best People last year and her new novel is nothing short of amazing.This novel spoke to me in so many different ways Yoerg truly shines with her descriptions of the natural world I was mesmerized with the beautiful words that truly come to light in this nove True Places is such an exquisite, emotional, and beautiful story.Sonja Yoerg has an impeccable talent of pouring her beautiful words across the pages with such elegance, love, and inspiration I fell in love with Sonja s writing in All The Best People last year and her new novel is nothing short of amazing.This novel spoke to me in so many different ways Yoerg truly shines with her descriptions of the natural world I was mesmerized with the beautiful words that truly come to light in this novel Haven t we all felt at one point or another that we haven t found our true place in the world Ironically, I never found my place in the world until I stepped foot in the world of social work This story brings to light the complexities and struggles of a family dealing with this thing called life It s about all of the family members losing themselves and somehow finding what makes them happy The power of emotion that pours off these pages will truly touch your soul and your heart Iris knew that being strong wasn t enough, because life could weigh then you ever imagined You had to bend , like a branch laden with snow, arcing toward the earth Highly highly recommend 4.5 raw and emotional stars.Huge thank you to Sonja Yoerg, Netgalley, and Lake Union Publishing for the arc in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date 1 1 19Published to GR 11 10 18 flag 54 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Dec 04, 2018 Suzanne Leopold rated it really liked it Driving along a parkway in Virginia, Suzanne Blake notices something on the side of the road As she moves closer, she realizes that it is a young girl who is malnourished and in need of medical care After admitting her at a nearby hospital, she finds out Iris is an orphan who has been struggling to survive in the woods.Suzanne is informed that Iris will be placed in foster care if no relative can be located Without consulting her family, she decides to bring Iris into her household This Driving along a parkway in Virginia, Suzanne Blake notices something on the side of the road As she moves closer, she realizes that it is a young girl who is malnourished and in need of medical care After admitting her at a nearby hospital, she finds out Iris is an orphan who has been struggling to survive in the woods.Suzanne is informed that Iris will be placed in foster care if no relative can be located Without consulting her family, she decides to bring Iris into her household This has lasting ramifications since nobody else is happy with this decision Tension starts to build with her husband and two teenage children where the environment had already been spiraling downward Her husband has a successful career but seems concerned with work than home At the same time, her children are growing up and pushing for independence The arrival of Iris seems like a good catalyst to improve some nagging mistakes from her past Sonja Yoerg s novel provides insight into a woman trying to find her true place in the world People change over time and it takes courage to start on a new path True Places was an engaging view of complex family issues flag 67 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, 5 star reviews, kindle A remarkably descriptive novel that will lose you in its emotionally gripping pagesMMARYSuzanne Blake is hurrying through her busy day, when she spots a figure lying on the road She stops and discovers a young malnourished girl in need of medical attention She transports 16 year old, Iris to the hospital and learns that she has been living on her own in the woods for many years Her mother had passed away in the woods three years ago and her father had disappeared three years before tha A remarkably descriptive novel that will lose you in its emotionally gripping pagesMMARYSuzanne Blake is hurrying through her busy day, when she spots a figure lying on the road She stops and discovers a young malnourished girl in need of medical attention She transports 16 year old, Iris to the hospital and learns that she has been living on her own in the woods for many years Her mother had passed away in the woods three years ago and her father had disappeared three years before that Iris was frightened and overwhelmed being in the hospital and wanted to go back to the woods Suzanne feels a strong connection to Iris s feelings, and is compelled to help her adjust to life in the normal world Although Suzanne s life with two teenage children at home is anything but normal But the encounter with Iris has changed Suzanne and made her take another look at her own life No one gives in without giving something up, and nothing is given up without cost REVIEWThe first thing you notice about TRUE PLACES is it s reverence to nature Author Sonja Yoerg s writing is mesmerizingly descriptive With a PhD in Biological Phychology that s not surprising From the first pages you will feel the beauty of the dense and thick woods surrounding Iris s cabin And you, like Iris, will yearn to get back there, or perhaps even find your own true place TRUE PLACES will appeal to women who are juggling with the sometimes overwhelming demands of being both wife, and mother while perhaps losing your sense of self My favorite part of the book was the expertly drawn character development of Suzanne s family You know you are reading a remarkable book when you are captivated by the book s language and it s real life relevance I found myself highlighting quite a few thought provoking paragraphs This is a must read book for 2019 That was, in fact, what time was a narrow container for a relentless succession of task The container could not be expanded, but the tasks could multiply exponentially In fact, tasks were guaranteed to multiply Without the space and the quiet for contemplating, she could not know her own mind, trust her own perceptions, and she was lost Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you ve drifted from who you want to be, from what s right for you, your true place Publisher Lake UnionPublished January 1, 2019Review bluestockingreviews flag 31 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 18, 2018 Melissa Crytzer Fry rated it it was amazing For starters that cover It spoke to me immediately But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg s novels, this one has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and affluent suburban living If you enjoy book club and upmarket women s fiction in contemporary settings and family drama, replete with difficult teens this book is a must The prose is assured and lovely, and where Yoerg shines the most, I think, is in her de For starters that cover It spoke to me immediately But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg s novels, this one has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and affluent suburban living If you enjoy book club and upmarket women s fiction in contemporary settings and family drama, replete with difficult teens this book is a must The prose is assured and lovely, and where Yoerg shines the most, I think, is in her descriptions of the natural world The foothills tumbled gently down to the valley floor, an undulating expanse, farmland and wood, hazy through lingering mist, still and mute. The colors harmonized within her, melting together like a lazy babble of a stream, the flutter of the wind in the trees, and the excited warble of a bunting.The author s adoration of the natural world and subsequent background in biological psychology animal behavior as well as her belief in nature s healing balm spills on to the pages through the characters of Suzanne and especially Iris, an exceptional teenager, whom I loved from the very first pages.I was impressed by Yoerg s ability to show us, through Iris s eyes, how little sense traditional society might make to someone new to it From Iris People People want to know things about you People want you to follow rules People put chemicals in the water, and ruin good food and hurt animals and waste things that are precious People won t let you live a simple, good life She faced him I don t need people, and I don t want them This book spoke to me loudest in the questions its poses about materialism, overabundance in our society, and the remoteness so many have from the natural world today as well as the devastating emotional consequences of that removal from outdoor exposure And, in that sense, I found the character of Iris in this book, and the character of Kya in the recently published Where the Crawdads Sing, to have interesting parallels While they re markedly different books, they share thematic similarity regarding commune with nature, and subtle overtones that point out man s sprawl and historic lack of thought in altering the natural terrain This book also includes botanical themes I loved learning about Hydnora and herbalism , and even the name Iris has its own thematic ties not only to botany, but also to Greek mythology While the novel covers topics related to parenting and the busyness of today s lifestyles, it also begs readers for introspection at their own choices flag 24 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jan 24, 2019 Erin rated it liked it Shelves kindle, netgalley Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Since I finished reading True Places on Thursday, I have been thinking very intently about my feelings and thoughts I have come to the realization that I didn t hate the book, but I didn t fall in love with it either At first glance, True Places sounds like it will focus on Iris, the young teenage girl that Suzanne finds malnourished and a bit wild Sure Iris s story is there, but it is centere Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Since I finished reading True Places on Thursday, I have been thinking very intently about my feelings and thoughts I have come to the realization that I didn t hate the book, but I didn t fall in love with it either At first glance, True Places sounds like it will focus on Iris, the young teenage girl that Suzanne finds malnourished and a bit wild Sure Iris s story is there, but it is centered on Suzanne who seems to have lost her way in the rush of trying to maintain a perfect life Frankly, this did not bother me because Suzanne is a relateable character Her husband is oblivious to any family problems, her teenage daughter is distant, a son that has trouble connecting with his father and pressures from her parents wanting to control their grown daughter Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you ve drifted from who you want to be, from what s right for you, your true place. Sonja Yoerg creates really fascinating characters, but I have to say that Suzanne s daughter, Brynn, and her parents were just awful They were on my character hate list Yes, it exists but I have a love list too It s all about balance Conflict is an integral part of the stories we tell, but maybe there was too much negative energy weaving in with the central message of the novel to make me ever feel captivated by the narrative flag 19 likesLike see review Angela M A character hate list I need to make one of those Thanks, Erin Jan 27, 2019 04 47AM Nov 02, 2018 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley arc, sonja yoerg, q a with author, 2019 releases, top books of 2019, books read in 2019 Check out my fascinating QA Elevator Ride Interview with Author, Sonja Yoerg An exclusive behind the scenes look behind TRUE PLACES and some fun facts about the author and her latest book Plus learn what is coming next Sonja Yoerg returns following All The Best People 2017 with her best yet TRUE PLACES is moving, emotionally charged and beautifully written story with lyrical prose and tons of heart and soul discovering our true place in life For every woman who feels overwhelmed Check out my fascinating QA Elevator Ride Interview with Author, Sonja Yoerg An exclusive behind the scenes look behind TRUE PLACES and some fun facts about the author and her latest book Plus learn what is coming next Sonja Yoerg returns following All The Best People 2017 with her best yet TRUE PLACES is moving, emotionally charged and beautifully written story with lyrical prose and tons of heart and soul discovering our true place in life For every woman who feels overwhelmed, unappreciated, and has lost a little of herself along the way due to marriage, family, motherhood, and career choices A road to self discovery Readers you will adore the unexpected relationship between Suzanne and Iris Often it takes a stranger to put us back on the correct path and find our true place Set in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains your stress level drops just looking at the stunning cover If you have ever been to the Virginia Mountains, it is just as breathtaking Readers are introduced to Suzanne and Whit Black, parents of two teens, Brynn and Reid We also meet Suzanne s mother Tinsley self absorbed and needy On the outside this looks like a happy family however, there is much lacking Suzanne is a very busy mother and has no time to barely breathe we all have been there She is overwhelmed and needs an escape One afternoon she takes a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway She will drive Clear her head Escape She thinks of all the deadlines and things she must do however, for a moment this will be hers No cell service, no texts, and no little bar Seems like heaven, right Soon she spots a young girl all alone along one of the overlooks, near the wooden railroad tracks, running parallel to the road The girl looks alone and terrified All she can say is, mama She only has a backpack with some essential items to survive outdoors Where is her family The young girl looks sick and since Suzanne has no cell phone service, she decides to take the girl to the nearest hospital The girl goes in and out of consciousness Suzanne is drawn to this young girl She makes a life changing decision.Of course, no one in her family can understand why she becomes involved with this homeless girl Everyone is questioning her in her own family A woman already extended However, this young girl named Iris may just be what Suzanne need to find her true self and at the same time a guardian angel for her Suzanne takes Iris into their home and her heart when she leaves the hospital However, how will this family one that is so different be able to handle a young girl who lived in the woods, without all the social interaction A simple life and one not filled with materialistic things The dad and the teen daughter are especially materialist They will have problems versus Suzanne and Reid, which are down to earth We also flashback to 1995 when Suzanne and Whit met and her own childhood How do choices she made years ago get her to the place she is now She put her own life on hold to care for her husband s career and her own family The conundrum Giving too little, giving too much Subtracting from here, adding there Caring for your marriage, your children, your parents, your reputation, your future, and if you could manage it, your younger, idealistic self This complex calculus was based on theories of love and motherhood, and equations of duty and self worth She wanted a balanced life but had only guesses, wishes, and fears when what she needed was answers There is a mystery surrounding Iris What happened to her family Her dad disappearance , mother recently deceased , and little brother Ash appears to be a mystery A police investigation A social worker Suzanne begins to do digging on her own In the meantime, there is a war going on in their household with the tension of Iris joining their household Iris and Suzanne seem to have developed a strong bond Suzanne is drawn to her and her simple way of life However, people do not want you to lead a simple life They think this way is strange Iris is drawn back to woods Suzanne must continue to defend herself and Iris Can Iris survive in this new environment Can Suzanne continue to survive, living as she has been or is there something new on the horizon which will change all their lives Being true to one s self I loved TRUE PLACES Yoerg is in her element from the setting her own backyard to the complex family dynamics Thought provoking, filled with lush scenery, beautiful botanical imagery, themes, strong metaphors, life lessons, and many takeaways The relation between nature, animals, and humans Each can be beautiful and dangerous at the same time Character driven, the author does an outstanding job with the teen language and each character s distinct voice Many readers will relate and adore the ending I enjoyed the relationship with plants, healing, and modern medicine I survive on an organic plant based diet and use herbal teas and plants for healing, taking no prescription drugs On a side note There is a project in NC, I consulted with several years ago which strongly reminds me of this story It offers the setting of a simple life The property managers told me of the history of the project which is fascinating Located in the mountains of NC Flat Rock with a combination of vacation rentals, condos, old mill, BB, and small village little town old farmhouses, tree swings, porches, lake, mill surrounded by farm animals, and organic gardens, with fresh eggs delivered to your door It allows your children or grandchildren to get the feel of farm simple living I was there one week and it snowed It was like a Hallmark movie scene TRUE PLACES is a mix of Delia Owens Where the Crawdads Sing, Kristin Hannah The Great Alone, works of Jodi Picoult, and Rochelle B Weinstein s Somebody s Daughter combined with Sonja Yoerg s own winning signature style With the author s own background to draw from plus her love of nature and gardening, her passion is reflected throughout each page You will find yourself bookmarking many pages and beautiful phrases TRUE PLACES reminds me of a time I was visiting in NC, dealing with my elderly parents I took off one afternoon and drove to Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway Even though I did not meet a young lady, it clears your mind and fills you with peace, and a renewed spirit I also have fond memories as a child and roadside picnics along the Blue Ridge Parkway Highly Recommend Top Books of 2019 List Jan 2019 Must Read Books A special thank you to the author, Lake Union, and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy The hardcover is stunning and a must for your home library collection Read My Reviews each has been 5 Stars TRUE PLACES 2019 JDCMustReadBooks ALL THE BEST PEOPLE 2017 THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE 9 2015 HOUSE BROKEN 1 2015 flag 18 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 25, 2018 Darinda rated it really liked it While out driving, and taking a break from her exhausting life and family, Suzanne comes across a teenage girl The girl, Iris, is in need of medical attention, and Suzanne rushes the girl to get help While Iris is in the hospital, it is revealed that she has been living on her own in the wilderness Suzanne offers to take Iris into her home while the authorities try to locate relatives of Iris Suzanne s husband and teenage kids, a son and a daughter, all have different reactions to Iris livin While out driving, and taking a break from her exhausting life and family, Suzanne comes across a teenage girl The girl, Iris, is in need of medical attention, and Suzanne rushes the girl to get help While Iris is in the hospital, it is revealed that she has been living on her own in the wilderness Suzanne offers to take Iris into her home while the authorities try to locate relatives of Iris Suzanne s husband and teenage kids, a son and a daughter, all have different reactions to Iris living with them and being in their lives.Told with alternating points of view, this novel focuses on Suzanne and Iris, but also presents POVs from Suzanne s family Whit husband , Reid son , and Brynn daughter Suzanne is dissatisfied with her life, and not really sure where things took a wrong turn She wants , and is increasing frustrated with her husband, children, and parents Iris has lived her life in solitude and has a close connection to nature Her entire world is turned upside down when she meets Suzanne, and she is faced with a modern life she doesn t necessarily want to be a part of Whit works hard and adores his wife, but he has some misguided ideas about what is best for his family Reid is a bit of an idealist, and butts heads with his parents, especially his father, on what is important Brynn is a mean girl who manipulates people to get her way, but is also a little lost herself.The characters are a mix of likable and unlikable The female characters are all better developed than the male characters I would have preferred a little depth on both Whit and Reid, because I believe both of them could have been complex Ultimately, each of the characters is trying to find their own way and be happy Some of the character s decisions and actions comes across as selfish, but some turn out to be uplifting.This was an enjoyable read and one I can think of a few people to recommend it to That said, the story is mostly predictable and the characters are somewhat stereotypical Basically, it s a well written novel that s good for fans of contemporary women s fiction flag 17 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Deborah Blanchard rated it it was amazing Shelves for review, netgalley This is a beautifully written story about the complexities of life and finding your true place in the world This is the story of Suzanne, her family and Iris, whom Suzanne found by the side of the road It is about losing yourself, but then finding what makes you happy The characters are riveting and vividly portrayed I was there I could feel the anxiety, the fear and the joy The landscape is rich in imagery You can feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face We all lose ourselves This is a beautifully written story about the complexities of life and finding your true place in the world This is the story of Suzanne, her family and Iris, whom Suzanne found by the side of the road It is about losing yourself, but then finding what makes you happy The characters are riveting and vividly portrayed I was there I could feel the anxiety, the fear and the joy The landscape is rich in imagery You can feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face We all lose ourselves in this whirlwind called life It is only when we find our true place in the world that we can feel whole I have yet to find mine, but this book gave me hope I was captured into the pages of this book and I lived there Written with exquisite prose, this book will touch your soul It touched mine Iris knew that being strong wasn t enough, because life could weigh than you ever imagined You had to bend, like a branch laden with snow, arcing toward the earth This is my favorite quote from this book We are all like trees, bending in the wind, reaching for the sun, but what is hidden is the strength of our roots Thank you Sonja Yoerg and NetGalley for a book that I will always hold close to my heart flag 15 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Dec 17, 2018 David rated it it was amazing I rate this brilliant creativity 7 stars I ve lived on the edge of the wilderness, so I have witnessed the subtle stirring magic Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you ve drifted from who you want to be, from what s right for you, your true place Yoerg, Sonja True Places A Novel flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 20, 2018 Camille Pag n rated it it was amazing With luminous prose and a story that speaks straight to the heart, Sonja Yoerg has crafted another stunning novel TRUE PLACES is a beautiful reminder that though we may busy ourselves seeking what we want, what we need has an uncanny way of finding us flag 9 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Sue rated it it was amazing I have a huge stack of books to read but when I received a copy of True Places, it went right to the top I have read all of Sonja s books and knew that it needed to be read NOW WOW what a fantastic book I wish I could give it than 5 stars It will definitely be one of my top books of the year The writing is so beautiful that I had to stop several times to re read and became part of the story instead of just the reader.Suzanne is a wife and mother who has over scheduled her life to ta I have a huge stack of books to read but when I received a copy of True Places, it went right to the top I have read all of Sonja s books and knew that it needed to be read NOW WOW what a fantastic book I wish I could give it than 5 stars It will definitely be one of my top books of the year The writing is so beautiful that I had to stop several times to re read and became part of the story instead of just the reader.Suzanne is a wife and mother who has over scheduled her life to take care of her family and lost her own dreams in the harried life that she lives Not only is she busy taking care of everyone else but her kids are teenagers now the son kind of a strange quiet boy and the daughter who at 15 takes out all of her problems with life on her mother She is just nasty to her mother and has no appreciation for her mother as anything but a mother not as a woman who is trying hard to make life pleasant for her family Her husband is little to no help he is too busy making money to get involved in much at home So here we have a family that looks perfect from the outside but is in the process of imploding When Suzanne brings a homeless girl who has been living on her own in the mountains into their lives, things take a turn for the worse within the family.All of the characters were so well written that I felt like I knew them Suzanne was such a fantastic person, realizing that she had lost herself in her busy life but having no idea how to make changes that would make her the person that she used to be who had dreams and plans for her future It s only when Iris is brought into the home that Suzanne begins to see her life for what it is a hamster wheel where she spends all of her time taking care of other people and no one takes care of her or even acknowledges what she does to make their lives easier Through Iris, she realizes that she has lost touch with nature and solitude and taking care of herself Will she be able to step out of the whirlwind of her life to find the peace and dreams that she needs to be happy Along with the wonderful characters, this novel has the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge mountains Sonja describes the mountains so beautifully that I felt like I was in the woods with peace and quietness around me.This is an exquisitely written wonderful novel about family and love and following your dreams It really is a must read for everyone It s a book that I won t soon forget.Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 14, 2018 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you ve drifted from who you want to be, from what s right for you, your true place Suzanne is living a life filled with the busyness of being a mom, a wife, a volunteerl the things that keep her scrambling to keep up with everything that seems vital to her familybut there are cracks everywhere, and Suzanne doesn t recognize herself in the person she s become When she finds a young girl on the side of the road, Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you ve drifted from who you want to be, from what s right for you, your true place Suzanne is living a life filled with the busyness of being a mom, a wife, a volunteerl the things that keep her scrambling to keep up with everything that seems vital to her familybut there are cracks everywhere, and Suzanne doesn t recognize herself in the person she s become When she finds a young girl on the side of the road, a girl who is sick and alone, a girl who has lived in the woods, Suzanne feels as if she s found a purposebut will helping Iris shatter the family she is desperately trying to hold together The relationships in this book are fraught with conflict and this book is a gripping peek into the challenges, expectations and disappointments As a reader, I felt like a voyeur, peeking into this honest, many times uncomfortable, portrayal of a family There is such incredibly beautiful language in each sentence, a delight to read and often a wonder Woven within the story of this modern family are the most beautiful images of nature and the sights and sounds of the woods, the animals, and especially the plants and flowers Just as I felt placed in the center of the house, I was equally present in the wilderness I felt every emotion, every angrily spoken word, every gesture of love and kindness, every feeling of desperation and conflict and hope Gripping, thought provoking, and powerful, this book asks as many questions as it answers flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 16, 2018 Holly Robinson rated it it was amazing I was given an early copy of this book for review, and although I finished it weeks ago, I m still thinking about it Even without the fast paced plot, which tells the unique story of what happens when a wealthy suburban woman discovers an orphaned girl who has been living in the woods most of her life, this is an unforgettable novel That s largely because the writing is so hauntingly beautiful, particularly when Yoerg, who carved out a career in animal behavior research prior to becoming an au I was given an early copy of this book for review, and although I finished it weeks ago, I m still thinking about it Even without the fast paced plot, which tells the unique story of what happens when a wealthy suburban woman discovers an orphaned girl who has been living in the woods most of her life, this is an unforgettable novel That s largely because the writing is so hauntingly beautiful, particularly when Yoerg, who carved out a career in animal behavior research prior to becoming an author, writes about the natural world Check out this description Even the birds had grown quiet, carelessly leaving molted feathers behind like sleepy people shedding clothes on their way to bed, except for the blue jays, who only got noisier, and the doves, who mourned each dawn as plaintively as the last In addition, this book will force you to reexamine your life choices, especially if you re one of those crazy busy parents who often does things because they are expected of you, not because you feel they are valuable or true Yoerg really gets the cultural forces at work on women, especially, who struggle with balancing family, work, and personal responsibilities with spirituality in the form of being connected to the natural world Oh, and as an added plus, there are some very, very funny moments in this novel, especially in the scenes with the suburban teenage daughter, who takes sarcasm and eye rolls to a new level flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Kathryn rated it it was amazing I finished reading an advance reader copy several weeks ago and the story has continued to resonate in my soul I have finally figured out why in many ways, I am this story I am the harried Suzanne who has defined herself through over busyness and, while asking nothing in return, is slowly depleted Like her, I had to learn to build the life I wanted I hold within me warring teens, each of whom is hoping that their way will lead to love one clamoring for acceptance and notice Brynn , one str I finished reading an advance reader copy several weeks ago and the story has continued to resonate in my soul I have finally figured out why in many ways, I am this story I am the harried Suzanne who has defined herself through over busyness and, while asking nothing in return, is slowly depleted Like her, I had to learn to build the life I wanted I hold within me warring teens, each of whom is hoping that their way will lead to love one clamoring for acceptance and notice Brynn , one striving for individualism Reid , while, deep down, hoping to remain feral within a natural world that is easier to trust Iris I even own two places a home in an upscale town and an unwinterized lakeside cottage in the northern woods both of which feel like my true home All of this conflict, that lives within me, is played out in Yoerg s story, which contains not one false note Her teens pop from the page in full relatable, stubborn, fearful, and hopeful glory, creating fertile soil for Suzanne s growth True Places reminds me of what I love most about fiction the way an author uses made up stories to examine and reveal our deepest truths flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Ann rated it did not like it Shelves 2018, rws winter 18 19, worst With all the glowing 5 star ratings lauding lyrical and exquisite prose, I expected to at least enjoy the writing Did they read the same book as I did It starts off well enough the first chapter made me think it would be worth the effort but this is a straight up bad book It s a Hallmark movie, it s a trashy romance novel without the sex or romanace In other words, a perfect, yet dissatisfied, white lady has a meet cute or at least meet dramatic and her life is forever changed And With all the glowing 5 star ratings lauding lyrical and exquisite prose, I expected to at least enjoy the writing Did they read the same book as I did It starts off well enough the first chapter made me think it would be worth the effort but this is a straight up bad book It s a Hallmark movie, it s a trashy romance novel without the sex or romanace In other words, a perfect, yet dissatisfied, white lady has a meet cute or at least meet dramatic and her life is forever changed And everybody lives happily ever after.EVERYBODY is insufferable The writing is predictable and has so much product placement it s like the author was getting some kickbacks There are tropes a plenty, including color changing violet eyes Now that s something you don t see everyday outside of fantasy and trashy romance that is This would have been a DNF if not for a reading challenge flag 7 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 27, 2018 The Lit Bitch rated it it was amazing I have been long impressed with Yoerg s novels and when she has a new one come up, I am always happy to review it One of the things that I love about Yoerg s books is that they are standalone novels and the character arcs are wrapped up in the book rather than stretching it out to multiple novels.She writes strong and impactful stories that leave readers satisfied with a resolved story that will stand out in the readers minds This latest book is no different a strong and memorable plot the lef I have been long impressed with Yoerg s novels and when she has a new one come up, I am always happy to review it One of the things that I love about Yoerg s books is that they are standalone novels and the character arcs are wrapped up in the book rather than stretching it out to multiple novels.She writes strong and impactful stories that leave readers satisfied with a resolved story that will stand out in the readers minds This latest book is no different a strong and memorable plot the left me wanting yet left me feeling satisfied by the resolution.This novel addresses a lot of important and themes that I think women readers will relate todifficult families, marriages, and children, as well as finding yourself and finding your place in your world Many of her book dwell on the same subject but in different and unique ways and they never get old.Yoerg s ability to write realistic and honest characters is mesmerizing That to me is one of the hallmarks of her writing style Suzanne was very much at the center of her family, but who is she really So many people in her life have projected their issues on to her that in the process she has lost herself and who she really is Her losses and insecurities felt so real and haunting to me This book, though serious and heart wrenching in content, left me feeling satisfied with its ending I won t give it away to anyone, but let s just say I thought about this book long after I finished it.I loved how much the landscape factored into the plot as well The Blue Ridge Mountains is an area that I am not very familiar with so the have is described so elegantly and with such knowledge was unforgettable The landscape kind of took on it s own role in the story and I loved that about this book It was a great tool to foreshadow the novel when it needed it.Also the Blue Ridge Mountains are front and center with the cover and I thought the cover art captured how important the landscape was to the narrative This is an enchanting cover and the artist who designed it did a fantastic job capturing the heart of this novel.I have read all of Yoerg s books and its so hard to pick a favorite, but I must admit that this one is at the top of my list If you haven t discovered Yoerg, you need to add her books to your TBR list and I would say start with this one, it really shows off her ability to create memorable, relatable, and haunting characters.See my full review here flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Laura Gelinas rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you ve drifted from who you want to be, from what s right for you, your true place True Places was a wonderful story, about a girl named Iris, who only knew the ways of the world through nature and living in the woods It s also the story of a woman named Suzanne, who has lived her own life through her husband and children s needs, forgetting her own, and trying to live up to those expectations of her Mother s Together, Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you ve drifted from who you want to be, from what s right for you, your true place True Places was a wonderful story, about a girl named Iris, who only knew the ways of the world through nature and living in the woods It s also the story of a woman named Suzanne, who has lived her own life through her husband and children s needs, forgetting her own, and trying to live up to those expectations of her Mother s Together, Iris and Suzanne happen upon one another and they discover their True Places all along, as Suzanne helps mend Iris and brings her into her world, and Iris helps to heal Suzanne, and remind her of her own dreams she once had flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 19, 2018 Jen rated it really liked it I was originally planning on reading this on a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but unfortunately that trip never panned out True Places would have been the perfect book to bring along on my travels Set in the mountains and rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we find a devoted mother at her wits end, and a young girl found on the edges of the wild Incredibly malnourished, sick, and frail for her 16 years, Iris is found by Suzanne, a mom who presumably has everything, but is lacking some I was originally planning on reading this on a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but unfortunately that trip never panned out True Places would have been the perfect book to bring along on my travels Set in the mountains and rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we find a devoted mother at her wits end, and a young girl found on the edges of the wild Incredibly malnourished, sick, and frail for her 16 years, Iris is found by Suzanne, a mom who presumably has everything, but is lacking something.Their stories collide, bringing the solitude of one and an extreme loneliness of the other together Two similar, but incredibly different feelings, you start to wonder who is helping the other The setting descriptions and character development of True Places were exceptionally well written So well in fact, I wanted to take Suzanne s teenage daughter and give her a firm talking to, a grounding, and a removal of phone privileges I may have also wanted to smack some sense and backbone into Suzanne, but her story unfolds as it should She needed to discover everything on her own, without my help, throughout this novel Yoerg writes a family that is true A family that is real Life and marriage and kids aren t always perfect, and sometimes you just need to take a drive Who knows what you might discover when you hit the road I was provided an advanced copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Letty rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, arc, kindle read, netgalley, womens fiction, favorites 2018 Sonja Yoerg has become one of my favorite authors and her latest book, TRUE PLACES, is her best yet All of the characters are so well written, especially Suzanne who I feel will resonate with many women who read this book She certainly did with me, a mom who, at one point, tries to be perfect, volunteering for many school events, and just does for others without taking much time for herself I applauded her for taking Iris into her home until other family could be found It made me think about Sonja Yoerg has become one of my favorite authors and her latest book, TRUE PLACES, is her best yet All of the characters are so well written, especially Suzanne who I feel will resonate with many women who read this book She certainly did with me, a mom who, at one point, tries to be perfect, volunteering for many school events, and just does for others without taking much time for herself I applauded her for taking Iris into her home until other family could be found It made me think about what I d do in such a situation The writing here is just outstanding I found myself rereading and highlighting many passages This book about family struggles, love, forgiveness and understanding left me in awe TRUE PLACES has truly found a place in my Favorite Books list I highly recommend it Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance copy flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Anne Clermont rated it it was amazing Sonja Yoerg is one of those authors who not only has an incredible way with creating the setting of a novel as a character but also has an amazing ability to delve into the psyche of modern family dynamics and behavior TRUE PLACES is a beautifully written novel that immerses us in a story of a woman, Suzanne, who has devoted herself to her family and her community needs while slowly burying who she really is Suzanne meets and rescues a young girl who has never been socialized or seen the moder Sonja Yoerg is one of those authors who not only has an incredible way with creating the setting of a novel as a character but also has an amazing ability to delve into the psyche of modern family dynamics and behavior TRUE PLACES is a beautifully written novel that immerses us in a story of a woman, Suzanne, who has devoted herself to her family and her community needs while slowly burying who she really is Suzanne meets and rescues a young girl who has never been socialized or seen the modern world, a girl who touches her heart and soul in ways she hadn t realized she d been missing or craving The depth of family dynamics and choices made along the way had me turning pages late into the night, and I m sure you will too flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley read, read in 2018, read in december 18 True Places is a beautifully written story of Iris, who has lived her entire life in the woods, away from civilization and Suzanne, the woman who finds her Suzanne suffers from terrible anxiety and dealing with her two teen children and husband have taken a toll on her While on a drive to clear her mind, she finds a starving, sick girl at the edge of the woods Suzanne brings Iris home with her and they both start on a journey of self discovery Sonja Yoerg s writing deeply resonated with me flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Michelegg rated it it was amazing Every once in awhile a book comes along that wakes me up and makes me look at my life and question my path and begs me for change This book did that for me As Suzanne, the mother in the story, finds a reason to look at her life closely because of the arrival of Iris in her life, I found a reason to look at my life closely because of the arrival of this book in my life And just as Suzanne saw some reasons for change, I also found some things within myself that I could do differently, Every once in awhile a book comes along that wakes me up and makes me look at my life and question my path and begs me for change This book did that for me As Suzanne, the mother in the story, finds a reason to look at her life closely because of the arrival of Iris in her life, I found a reason to look at my life closely because of the arrival of this book in my life And just as Suzanne saw some reasons for change, I also found some things within myself that I could do differently, things that would make my life fulfilling And I loved that about his book It was definitely a book that brought about deep thoughts, and made me question some things about my life And made me want to be braver and not hide away so much I love when a book of fiction can touch my heart as this one did and become so personal, I found I had so much in common with Suzanne And then, as always with this authors writing, I found myself immersed in the earth, her descriptions of the flora and fauna of the setting were gorgeous and I could see myself walking in the woods surrounded by the plants and wildlife there The place where Iris grew up was a beautiful one and I can see why it was so hard for her to not be there any This is such a beautiful family drama, a book about change and why it s so important to do so sometimes, and about relationships and how they change as well And I highly recommend this one It will be staying around in my head and my heart for a long time to come and I will remember it with fondness for the things I learned as well as the beautiful story flag 5 likesLike see review May 15, 2018 Heather Webb rated it it was amazing There s nothing I like better than making a cup of tea and sitting down with one of Sonja Yoerg s books, and this gorgeous story did not disappoint To begin, one of my favorite things about a book is the way it transports me to another location or era, and Yoerg does this brilliantly She paints a picture of the Blue Ridge mountains and of the bush in Africa with loving detail I could see it so clearly in my mind s eye, that I felt like a fly on the wall, listening in on each character s secre There s nothing I like better than making a cup of tea and sitting down with one of Sonja Yoerg s books, and this gorgeous story did not disappoint To begin, one of my favorite things about a book is the way it transports me to another location or era, and Yoerg does this brilliantly She paints a picture of the Blue Ridge mountains and of the bush in Africa with loving detail I could see it so clearly in my mind s eye, that I felt like a fly on the wall, listening in on each character s secrets Which brings me to my next point Her characters are at once familiar and unique, and the family dynamics are drawn with clear insight into human behavior I found myself utterly caught up in their distinctive voices as their needs crash against each other I connected well with Brynn, the teen girl struggling for attention and acceptance, felt sympathy for Reid who was at odds with his dad and longed to know himself apart from his family, and Suzanne, the monarch trying to hold it all together And then there s Iris, the feral and uneducated young woman who emerges from the woods, turning the family s world upside down Will Iris allow herself to be adopted and streamlined into modern society, in spite of the cost to the others She has plans of her own At times gripping and others heart rending and always buoyed by a powerful voice this lyrical and lovely book will sit on a prominent place on my bookshelf Plus THAT COVER Stunning flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Deborah Blanchard rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is a beautifully written story about the complexities of life and finding your true place in the world This is the story of Suzanne, her family and Iris, whom Suzanne found by the side of the road It is about losing yourself, but then finding what makes you happy The characters are riveting and vividly portrayed I was there I could feel the anxiety, the fear and the joy The landscape is rich in imagery You can feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face We all lose ourselves This is a beautifully written story about the complexities of life and finding your true place in the world This is the story of Suzanne, her family and Iris, whom Suzanne found by the side of the road It is about losing yourself, but then finding what makes you happy The characters are riveting and vividly portrayed I was there I could feel the anxiety, the fear and the joy The landscape is rich in imagery You can feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face We all lose ourselves in this whirlwind called life It is only when we find our true place in the world that we can feel whole I have yet to find mine, but this book gave me hope I was captured into the pages of this book and I lived there Written with exquisite prose, this book will touch your soul It touched mine Iris knew that being strong wasn t enough, because life could weigh than you ever imagined You had to bend, like a branch laden with snow, arcing toward the earth This is my favorite quote from this book We are all like trees, bending in the wind, reaching for the sun, but what is hidden is the strength of our roots Thank you Sonja Yoerg and NetGalley for a book that I will always hold close to my heart flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Amy Impellizzeri rated it it was amazing She had given herself away If she wanted herself back, there had to be pieces of her, sacred and proprietary, that no one else could ever have Sonja Yoerg has done it again She s crafted a story with characters that draw you in with their relatability while still surprising you at every turn When Suzanne, a busy mother of rebelling suburban teens, brings a 16 year girl into the home who has been raised in the woods, the consequences are poignant and unexpected A story of discovering what i She had given herself away If she wanted herself back, there had to be pieces of her, sacred and proprietary, that no one else could ever have Sonja Yoerg has done it again She s crafted a story with characters that draw you in with their relatability while still surprising you at every turn When Suzanne, a busy mother of rebelling suburban teens, brings a 16 year girl into the home who has been raised in the woods, the consequences are poignant and unexpected A story of discovering what it means to truly be lost And found flag 7 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag True Places by Sonja Yoerg 4 stars 5 14 Dec 29, 2018 04 21PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor In my first incarnation, I was a animal behaviorist who studied learning in blue jays, hyenas and kangaroo rats I wrote a book about that Now I make stuff up.I ve published three novels, HOUSE BROKEN, MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, and ALL THE BEST PEOPLE My fourth, TRUE PLACES, will be released 1 January 2019 I m very excited about it, but I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor In my first incarnation, I was a animal behaviorist who studied learning in blue jays, hyenas and kangaroo rats I wrote a book about that Now I make stuff up.I ve published three novels, HOUSE BROKEN, MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, and ALL THE BEST PEOPLE My fourth, TRUE PLACES, will be released 1 January 2019 I m very excited about it, but then again, I get excited about a lot of things When I m not writing or pretending to be writing, I run, garden, cook, eat, drink wine, then run some My husband and I live in central Virginia with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains It s quiet and pretty, like Vermont Join me all over the place twitter SonjaYoergfacebook SonjaYoerginstagram SonjaYoergsonjayoerg


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    1. This book was wonderful Fog hung in the trees, a hush of silvery damp, but the girl could tell the sun would burn through before long and dry the grasses hunched under the weight of dew The cabin stood in a small clearing, and the trees surrounding it had strained toward the heavens for a long time, long enough for the trunks to have become too thick for the girl to enclose them in the circle of her arms, long enough for anyone with decency to fall silent in reverence The fog had disappeared Thi [...]


    2. Loved this The girl was not simply ill or lost she was otherworldly True Places is a beautifully written family drama that focuses on materialism and superficiality A family is left in shambles after they take in a 15 year old who has lived off the grid for her enter life, They must either learn to recognize what s really important in life or lose each other.Suzanne, a mother of two, is simply existing in her upper class world in Charlottesville It appears she has the perfect family pe L [...]


    3. 5 Lovely, Lyrical and Marvelous Stars There are times when there are no words When you are writing a review and you know that you just can t do an author s novel justice This is one of those times I was lucky enough to be offered an advanced copy of True Places from the author, Sonja Yoerg and of course, I jumped at the chance after having read her prior novel All the Best People last year as that book and those characters have stayed with me The same can be said for True Places Ther 5 Lovely, L [...]


    4. 4.5 stars rounded to 5 starsWhat a beautiful story I have now read all four of Ms Yoerg s books, and she never fails to deliver a well written tale with significant depth This one focuses on Suzanne, a housewife and mother who is doing the best she can to keep her dysfunctional family rolling on Her co protagonist is Iris, a teenager who has lived her whole life in the Blue Ridge Mountains without ever experiencing a modern lifestyle How these two come together and help each other handle 4.5 sta [...]


    5. MY THOUGHTS AFTER READING THE SYNOPSIS This is gonna be so awesome I cannot wait to read about how this child adjusts to her new surroundings I mean, she has never even seen running water or electricity What will she think of this new world and how will it change her How did she even end up in the woods What made her finally leave the only home she has ever known Everything I hoped I would find in this book, based on the description, is the complete opposite of what I got.After the death of MY T [...]


    6. True Places is such an exquisite, emotional, and beautiful story.Sonja Yoerg has an impeccable talent of pouring her beautiful words across the pages with such elegance, love, and inspiration I fell in love with Sonja s writing in All The Best People last year and her new novel is nothing short of amazing.This novel spoke to me in so many different ways Yoerg truly shines with her descriptions of the natural world I was mesmerized with the beautiful words that truly come to light in this nove Tr [...]


    7. Driving along a parkway in Virginia, Suzanne Blake notices something on the side of the road As she moves closer, she realizes that it is a young girl who is malnourished and in need of medical care After admitting her at a nearby hospital, she finds out Iris is an orphan who has been struggling to survive in the woods.Suzanne is informed that Iris will be placed in foster care if no relative can be located Without consulting her family, she decides to bring Iris into her household This Driving [...]


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