Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Little Broken Things
By Nicole Baart
Publication: November 21st, 2017 by Atria Books
Paperback, 368 pages

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.

I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn's house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.
The story that unfolded before my eyes is favorable to some other family dramas that I have read before. Though the author takes her time telling us her tale I found it to be a positive aspect reveling in the sublime wording. Furthermore, it’s being told from the point of the two Sanford sisters, Quinn and Nora including their mother Mrs. Liz Stanford. Let's not forget each chapter is told by a different character tossing the story around keeping it interesting making you think you have the plot figured out. Moreover, these characters don't only play a pivotal role throughout the book, each holds a significant piece of the larger picture at the end, so pay attention.

Liz was a good, God-fearing woman and a regular at the First Reformed Church of Key Lake, but she wasn’t the quintessential parishioner. She was fond of Jesus, not so much of people. And they seemed to love Walmart more than seemed strictly conventional.

Unquestionably, the book takes you on an emotional roller coaster one chapter you will be melancholy, then laughing, the next moment angry, and it proceeds by keeping you on your toes never knowing what emotion will blast your psyche next. Additionally, just the blurb alone should give you a good hint that there is not a dull moment to be had though it’s a family drama it contains a devilish mystery. There is no doubt in my mind it will grab your attention and not let go until the end such as it did for me. I am hopeful that my review has you ordering above or running out to the bookstore to grab your copy. It's worth it.

Don’t hate me for what you can’t possibly understand.I feel like I’ve always done my level best with what I’ve been given. Or, at least, usually. But sometimes life doesn’t hand you lemons-it throws a snake in your lap. And what are supposed to do with that?

Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of eight novels, including the upcoming LITTLE BROKEN THINGS. Nicole is a proud Tall Poppy Writer and a firm believer that we are, and always will be, better together. Find out more at or connect with Nicole on social media.

Nicole Baart’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 20th: The Sketchy Reader
Tuesday, November 21st: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, November 21st: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, November 22nd: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Friday, November 24th: Books & Bindings
Friday, November 24th: Jathan & Heather
Monday, November 27th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Tuesday, November 28th: A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, November 29th: Readaholic Zone
Friday, December 1st: The Baking Bookworm
Monday, December 4th: Katy’s Library blog and Instagram
Wednesday, December 6th: Lit Wit Wine Dine
Friday, December 8th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Monday, December 11th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, December 11th: Novel Gossip blog and Instagram
Tuesday, December 12th: West Metro Mommy Reads
Wednesday, December 13th: Laura’s Reviews
Monday, December 18th: Girls in Books blog and Instagram
Monday, December 18th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, December 20th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Friday, December 22nd: Not in Jersey

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