Review: True Places by Sonja Yoerg

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 more yet left me feeling satisfied by the resolution.

A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.

Suzanne Blakemore 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 Blakemores 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? (summary from Goodreads).

This novel addresses a lot of important and themes that I think women readers will relate to…..difficult 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.

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: True Places by Sonja Yoerg 

  • Kindle Edition
    Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
    ASIN B07C227DVB
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own
  • Recommendation: 5 out of 5
  • Genre: women fiction, contempo lit
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