The Truth About Love and Lightning {Review & Giveaway}

by Dawn

Love can be a tricky thing, there’s no denying it. And love as portrayed in fiction can be compelling and exasperating, all at the same time. In Susan McBride’s new novel The Truth About Love and Lightning, there’s a bit of both aspects in several relationships in these pages. Add to that a mystery man and a bit of magic, and you’ve got an emotional and entertaining read.

Family relationships are at the center of character development here, and for readers to truly understand Gretchen Brink, a woman who believed she had lost all chances at true love forty years ago, they must know of her past. The daughter of an unabashedly honest mother, Gretchen saw firsthand the pain that can be inflicted from absolute honesty. She made it through a childhood marked by the departure of her father, and she and her younger twin sisters learned to rely upon each other for support. The path of Gretchen’s adult life was built upon a significant lie, though one that was made with nothing but good intentions. When a tornado blows through her tiny Missouri town decades later, it brings with it the possibility of a second chance, but one that might be accompanied by a discovery she hoped would never be made.

Gretchen’s history wouldn’t be complete without Sam, the boy who loved her since they were young. Before he left on that fateful trip to Africa after high school, Sam declared his love to Gretchen, but she wasn’t in the same frame of mind. When he didn’t return, Gretchen made a decision she would have to live with forever. The lore attached to Sam’s family became as familiar to her as her own family life, though she was never quite sure how much of it to believe. Now she’s forced to face it in a way she never imagined.

Layers of the big picture are revealed through alternating narratives about different characters in Gretchen and Sam’s families, all leading to the closing chapters in which readers will discover Gretchen’s fate all these years later. McBride proves to be a concise storyteller with The Truth About Love and Lightning, creating images and generations of history in a novel that is easily read in one or two sittings.

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Dawn loves escaping into a novel, and when one makes her shed a tear or two while riding the bus on her morning commute, she knows it’s a keeper. Dawn tries to blog every once and a while at my thoughts exactly.

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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 DEBIJOT March 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Mystery and Intrigue are my favorite.


2 Stacie March 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

drama and fiction!


3 DebbieKL March 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

fiction with a bit of romance!


4 Tami Valentine March 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

True crime is one of my favorites


5 chelsea March 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I like historical romance


6 Susan P. March 4, 2013 at 3:17 am

I like thrillers, mysteries and historical fiction.


7 Susan P. March 4, 2013 at 3:24 am

Your automated tweet link has the wrong book title in the tweet!


8 Tiffany Drew March 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

I love all kinds, but mysteries and chick lit are my favorite :)


9 anne March 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

Fiction is my favorite, family sagas. Many thanks.


10 Denise M March 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

i love historical fiction


11 Idaho Jill March 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

So hard to pick a favorite – love mysteries and thrillers, and epic stories (pillars of the earth, etc).


12 Sandra K321 March 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

My top is historical fiction.


13 benita March 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

mysteries, historical romance.


14 Carol Wong March 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I love to read a variety of genres! Amish fisction, mysteries from thrillers to cozies, contemporary, a little bit of YA, historical fiction, history, chick lit.


15 Jennifer Haislip March 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I like scientific fiction (Kathy Reichs), dramas both historical and contemporary, some mysteries, you name it! More than that, once I find an author I like, I read everything they’ve ever written…


16 Daniel M March 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

mostly scifi & fantasy


17 Cindi March 6, 2013 at 12:43 am

I really enjoy reading books with family dynamics!
Also, a favorite genre of mine is historical romance…
Many thanks, Cindi


18 trish March 6, 2013 at 2:00 am

I get the feeling that the ending would make me cry — which makes me want to read it right now! I love books like this!

Thanks for being on the tour!


19 June March 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

I like non fiction books.


20 Carolyn March 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

mysteries and fiction


21 Beth C March 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

I like romance and mysteries.


22 nannypanpan March 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

mystery and romances


23 Anita Yancey March 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

My favorites are thrillers, mysteries, and romance books. Thanks for the great review, and chance to win this book.


24 Charlene S March 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

I like romance books.


25 Don March 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

I like reading autobiographies.


26 Anna March 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

I love mostly romance but I can read anything


27 Heather J. March 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for being a part of the tour!


28 Carolyn Bahm March 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

I am an eclectic reader and would love to receive this book.


29 Lori D. March 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

Sounds so good to me.


30 Heather! March 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

I like classic literature. It’s tried and true, and a classic because it’s (usually) pretty universal.

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31 angie March 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

love ones that are historical based


32 Garrett March 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

This sounds like a good book to me.


33 Amy Baker March 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Historical fiction and mysteries are my favorite but I read everything!


34 Jessica T March 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Any escape literature!


35 tiffany Ibarra March 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

My favorites are inspirational romance. Carla Rossi is my favorite author right now.


36 Karen March 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Mysteries are my favorite, but I love several genres


37 Kimberly March 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I love reading mysteries and chick lit novels :)


38 Melinda March 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I love historical fiction


39 Jennifer H March 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

I love historical fiction
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40 Angela E. March 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

Would read this one for sure!


41 Jennifer L. March 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

I like romances best.


42 Chuck March 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

If I win, I’ll pass on to someone.


43 Terri Menke March 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I love mysterious suspense


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