The Truth About Love and Lightning: A Novel

The Truth About Love and Lightning: A Novel

by Susan McBride


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The Truth About Love and Lightning: A Novel by Susan McBride

The Truth About Love and Lighting is a deliciously emotional story of family, forgiveness, love, and magic from Susan McBride.

A lie that Gretchen Brink told 40 years ago comes back to haunt her when a tornado brings together Sam, a mysterious man who can’t remember anything, and Abby, her newly pregnant daughter who is convinced Sam is her long-lost father. Though decades old, when Gretchen’s secrets are revealed, the ramifications will affect them all in ways they never could have imagined.

A mesmerizing study of family and love, The Truth About Love and Lightning is touching and observant, reminding us that we never know when our lives are on the precipice of change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062027283
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 315
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of Blue Blood and the Debutante Dropout Mysteries that include The Good Girl's Guide to MurderThe Lone Star Lonely Hearts ClubNight of the Living Deb, Too Pretty to Die, and Say Yes to the Death. She also writes the bestselling River Road Mysteries and has penned three women’s fiction titles: The Truth About Love and LightningLittle Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. She chronicled her bout with breast cancer in the short memoir, In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After Forty. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.

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“Written with touching insight into family relationships and what we call home, The Little Black Dress is a lovely and entertaining journey into the magical side of things. I bet you’ll never look at your closet the same way again.”

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“I’ll read anything by Susan McBride.”

Melissa Senate

“I’m madly in love with this full-of-surprises story about secrets, family ties—and one magical little black dress. One of my favorite novels of the year.”

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The Truth About Love and Lightning 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
PaulaFarrell More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time fan of Susan McBride's work, but The Truth About Love and Lightning would have to be hands down her best work to date. This is the story or Gretchen, her younger twin sisters, her daughter Abby, her childhood friend Sam and a 40 year old secret that could destroy them all. Gretchen's life is peacefully moving along, until a storm rips through her farm, leaving behind a mysterious man (who may or may not be her friend Sam, who has been presumed dead for 40 years), and an unexpected visit from her daughter Abby, (who is seeking the solace of home to help her figure out her own troubles), threatens to out her 40 year old secret/lie. The story seamlessly moves through time periods, never losing you, and the backstory of Sam's Native American ancestor Hank Littlefoot lends an air of magic and mysticism to the story that makes it more powerful. I wasn't able to put this one down once I started reading it. I highly recommend picking up The Truth About Love and Lightning, you will not regret it!
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BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Susan McBride has graciously donated a copy of her latest work The Truth about Love and Lightning. This novel will be part of the giveaway at Stonecrest Library. I am very excited to share this novel! Synopsis: Gretchen Brink started with a lie when she told her daughter Abby that Sam Winston is her father. Years have gone by and there has been no sign of Sam. Abby has grown and moved away from home. She is now living in Chicago and running an art gallery. One day a tornado hits Gretchen’s house and a discovery is made. There is a man in the Walnut grove by the farm. He has no idea who he is. Will he be who everyone hopes he is (Sam Winston)? Maybe Abby’s long lost father? Or will the truth come out? My Thoughts: I feel connected to Susan in some ways because I am from Missouri originally. I have great appreciation for her novels. The settings are familiar and speaks greatly about the culture of the Midwest. One thing you learn in school is about the Indians that lived in that area. To my knowledge Indians don’t really have reservations in Missouri anymore. The character of Sam Winston shows that heritage and a special gift. His character steals the show for me. What happens to him so profoundly affects Gretchen and Abby. Another well written novel!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
A tornado goes through Gretchen’s farmland, bringing with it a familiar stranger.  This stranger is found under a walnut tree with no memory of who he is or how he got there.  The stranger reminds Gretchen of her long lost love Sam Winston the father of her daughter Abby and the man that’s been missing for almost 40 years. Many years ago Gretchen told a very big lie.  She has lived in fear of that lie coming out since she told it.  When the Man Who Might Be Sam comes to the farm, she is scared the truth will come out and that the truth will truly hurt the people who meant the most to her. Susan McBride wrote a clever and smooth story.  The changes in time periods are seamless.  The story is a no-rush, in depth tale of Gretchen, Sam, and Abby.  The suspense of if Sam has returned is built up gradually and kept me having to continue reading in hopes for the happy ending I so wanted for both Gretchen and Abby. I felt a deep connection to both Gretchen and Abby.  Gretchen managed to have a happy life even after her horrible mother kicked her out and left her to take care of her blind twin sisters.  Abby knew what she wanted, or more what she wouldn’t settle for, and kept her head high never compromising.  When the Man Who Might Be Sam appeared I felt the hope they each had, for the man Gretchen loved and lost, and the dad Abby never knew and needed so badly. This is a story of love and hope.  Exquisitely written grabbing me from the very beginning.  I was unable to put this novel down.  I highly recommend everyone picking up The Truth about Love and lightning, you will not be sorry.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings This was an interesting and definitely different kind of book.  It centers around a family with some unique quirks and connections to the weather.  The Winston family has a farm that on and off has produced walnuts for their family business. The Brink sisters ended up inheriting the farm and have been living there for many years.