Friday, July 22, 2011

A Scattered Life

"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, life in rural Wisconsin is satisfying, but can’t seem to quell Skyla’s growing sense of restlessness. Her 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."

Plot: Only someone who is a talented author could take a plot so simple as a normal life in general and turn it into a beautiful, interesting, story. That is it. The book is about 3 women. Skyla, Her Mother-In-Law and Skyla's next door neighbor and their lives. That is really it and Karen McQuestion did an AMAZING job!

Pros: The book is real, it is raw, it is human and relate-able. You can take any character and find something about them that is relate -able to you, or someone you know.

Cons: I honestly don't think I can say this about any book I have read (well, maybe The Harry Potter Series), but I cannot find anything about this book that I did not like. No Cons.

Final Thoughts: From the first sentence I was hooked. By the end of Pg 1. I knew I would love this book. I cannot express how excellent of a writer you have to be, to take 3 woman's lives, that are no different then any other woman's lives. Skyla, grew up traveling and found stability in her husband Thomas, has one daughter and has a comfortable life, seeking change in getting herself a job. Roxanne, is a mother of five rowdy boys, with a loving husband and carefree attitude and stills wants more boys and Audrey is a mother who raised 3 boys and now is experiencing empty nest syndrome (or something like that). This easily could have been the worlds most boring book, but it wasn't. I completely, enjoyed it! And I cried, I cried SO much.  You see, Audrey reminds me A LOT of my Grandma Thomas who passed away 3 years ago from Pancreatic cancer; which ends up to be another thing about the book that reminded me of my Grandma. All I can say is Simply Beautiful! READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!


  1. Sounds like a great book! I love your new review format too!

  2. I love all of Karen McQuestion's books.She is a friend and fellow author who has worked hard at her craft. Your'e right, Karen is an excellent writer.

  3. Definitely going to read this one, even though it isn't really my kind of book! I love how you've given the pros and cons!
    I'm a new follower :)