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Senseless Acts of Beauty
     

Senseless Acts of Beauty

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by Lisa Verge Higgins
 

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A towel with a faded camp logo is the only clue that fourteen-year-old Sadie Tischler has to the identity of her birth mother. With her family life in upheaval, the reckless teenager runs away to the Adirondack camp, determined to find her mother and force her to take responsibility for the child she'd so callously given up.

Tess Hendrick has a secret. For

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A towel with a faded camp logo is the only clue that fourteen-year-old Sadie Tischler has to the identity of her birth mother. With her family life in upheaval, the reckless teenager runs away to the Adirondack camp, determined to find her mother and force her to take responsibility for the child she'd so callously given up.

Tess Hendrick has a secret. For years, she has been following the life of the daughter she gave up for adoption, firmly believing that Sadie has a better home than she could have ever provided. Now, with Sadie on the run, Tess has no choice but to rush back to the hometown she swore never to set foot in again.

But Tess's unexpected return has stirred up old memories, probing questions, and a dangerous investigation. The only way Tess can protect her daughter is to hide the ugly truth about the past-and deny, at all costs, that Sadie is hers.

In this deeply moving new novel from Lisa Verge Higgins, the unbreakable bonds of family unknowingly guide two strangers in making difficult choices, adapting to momentous changes, and finally finding their way home again.

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"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Higgins doesn't use flowery verse; she presents hard realities, dysfunction and, best of all, possibilities and hope...in a novel that you won't soon forget."—RT Book Reviews on Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder"

Characters that could have been stock (the rich girl, the Trekkie programmer) have a depth that is strengthened by relationships with family, boyfriends, the past, and, most important, friends."—Booklist on One Good Friend Deserves Another"

Higgins writes with grace and humor, reminding us to hold tight to the ones we love."—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455572885
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/10/2015
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
69,170
File size:
496 KB

Meet the Author

While studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry, RITA finalist Lisa Verge Higgins penned twelve romance novels under her maiden name. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, an attorney, and their children.

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Senseless Acts of Beauty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Rosemary_Pennington More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review. Get those tissues ready.... you are going to need them. This is the first book I have read by Lisa Verge Higgins, and immediately I put her the same category as Jennifer Weiner. After finishing the book, I decided that Lisa Verge Higgins surpassed the emotional level of Weiner. AND, I do love Jennifer Weiner! You get a story with three points of view. The birth mother who cannot let go, the daughter searching for her birth mother, and a lady (already knee deep is family issues) who stumbles upon the runaway. All three are worthwhile, beautiful people filled with passion, anger and the need of acceptance. The life you plan is not always the life you get for you or your child. I loved the book, it was well written and well paced. I could easily imagine being a 14 year old girl abandoned first by my birth mother through adoption, THEN losing my adopted parents through death. But, it doesn't end there. She finally loses her grandmother through dementia. Well-adjusted, our Sadie is not, through her bitterness and rebellion, you see a girl crying out for help. Her story is a powerful one. Love, acceptance is forgiveness is needed on all sides of this trio. I adored this book. I would recommend it for anyone. It is safely among my keepers! Happy Reading.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Senseless Acts of Beauty by Lisa Verge Higgins. Riley Cross has inherited Camp Kwenbook from her grandparents, Mary and Bud. She left her job and husband to return to Pine Lake and the camp. However, the camp is not doing well and Riley is going to have to make some hard decisions. One day Riley discovers Sadie Tischler hiding in one of the sheds on the property. Sadie is a young runaway (14) who is trying to find her birth mother. Sadie’s adoptive parents are deceased and she has been living with her grandmother. The grandmother, though, has dementia and is now being put into a home. Sadie’s only option is to go live with her Aunt Violet (and husband who have four kids). Sadie figured it would not be hard to figure out who her biological mother is in such a small town. Riley who is adopted herself understands Sadie’s need to find out who gave birth to her. Riley gives Sadie a place to stay while Sadie conducts her research. Tess (Theresa) Hendrick grew up in Pine Lake with an alcoholic mother. Tess’ father left when she was twelve, but Tess decided to stay behind with her mother. Tess dealt with her home situation by getting involved with the wrong crowd, drugs, and stealing. Tess left the area and became a trucker in North Dakota. Tess has come to Pine Lake and the camp to keep an eye on Sadie. All three ladies will go through a journey of discovery. I give Senseless Acts of Beauty 2.5 out of 5 stars. I did not enjoy this book. There is a lot of anger and teenage angst. I found a lot of paragraphs were just unnecessary. It is a book that leaves you unsettled and unhappy when the story is over. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I ended up just reading it to get through it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful story. Tess gave her daughter Sadie up for adoption as an infant but has always kept tabs on her from afar. When Tess finds out Sadie ran away, Tess makes the extremely difficult decision of returning home to make sure her daughter stays safe. Tess has secrets of her own and valid reasons for the things that she did and why she did them. This is an extremely well written story by a wonderful author.
TarHeelGirl00 More than 1 year ago
Sadie, Riley, and Tess will tug at your heartstrings in this well-written novel that is hard to put down. The adoption theme is explored from different angles---the adopted child, the birth mother, and even an adoptive mother. I think the reason I love the writings of Lisa Verge Higgins so much is that along with being entertaining, they are so thought-provoking. Amongst the laughter and the tears, there is always a deeper meaning. The beauty of the Adirondack novels is the underlying encouragement to “act.” “Random Acts of Kindness” made me think about all of the little things I could do to help others. “Senseless Acts of Beauty” showed me that the reason people make certain life-altering decisions is not always obvious, and beauty and reasoning don’t always go hand-in-hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago