True Places by Sonja Yoerg

A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller

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?

True Places

True Places by Sonja Yoerg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Filled with beautiful prose that will allow your mind to wander to previously unreached places, this book is worth every minute it takes to read it. From the beginning I was enthralled by this story. The author has such a way of expressing herself through beautiful language, that I quickly became immersed in this story, losing all other reality than her words.

I love it when you can read a book and feel that it consumes you so fully that there is nothing else in the world around you, and this book did that for me. I wanted to hold Iris and make the world right for her again. I could relate to the issues that Suzanne was facing, being a mother of teenagers myself. It has been a long time since I loved a book this much, and I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

If you are looking for a novel that is more than just words, that will make you stop and think about how we live, what we live for and what’s really important, look no further. I went from listening to portions of this book to reading others, and both experiences were lovely. The audiobook version is amazing as well. Definitely give this one a try. You won’t be sorry you did.

Favourite book of 2019 so far.