review copy provided by William Morrow via TLC Book Tours
Clearfield, Virginia, is a sleepy, idyllic hamlet where residents welcome its comfortable, familiar routines. But when a newcomer arrives in town, long-buried secrets threaten to surface and destroy their haven . . .
Answering a call that summons her to a stranger’s deathbed, a reluctant Sophie Shepard is too late to hear what he was so anxious to tell her. What was so important that a dying man would think of her in his final moments? With the help of Dr. Drew McCarren, Sophie begins to dig into her past, setting off a chain of events that chills the quiet town of Clearfield, Virginia, to its roots.
With part of her wanting nothing more than to put Clearfield behind her and run back home, Sophie knows she won’t rest until she discovers the truth. But growing closer to the residents also means uncovering their dark secrets—secrets about the woman who gave Sophie up for adoption, the mysterious part these strangers played, and the life she never knew she nearly had.
Something About Sophie is a memorable story about the power of love . . . and the things people will do, both right and wrong, to protect it.
I loved the premise of Something About Sophie. It intrigued me - I mean who doesn't love to read about small towns and their deep, dark secrets? I grew up in a very small town and I could relate to many of the things described in the book. Everyone knows everyone else's business and it is hard to escape your past - good or bad. I found the author's depiction of small town life to be pretty accurate - the cliches are cliches for a reason.
I liked Sophie; she seems very well adjusted and just a nice person. Actually, I like a lot of the characters; Jesse was just great as the small town woman who knows everything about everyone and if she doesn't, she finds a way to get that information, no matter what; also she's a loyal friend and a great mom. I thought Billy was a great character too - the troublesome son and brother, but who has good intentions and you can't help but grudgingly like him. There is another character I really liked, but I don't want to give out information that might change attitudes or ideas before actually reading the book.
I really enjoyed the twist to this mystery - I hadn't really seen that one coming. It is sometimes nice to be surprised at how the story twists and turns. This one was a good one. There were actually a few developments that were a bit surprising - some pleasantly so, some not so much.
I found the book to be a good read overall. The first half is a bit slower in pacing while everything is put into place, but the second half is a real page turner. If you like mysteries, especially those set in small towns, you might enjoy reading Something About Sophie.
About Mary Kay McComas
Mary Kay McComas started her writing career twenty-five years ago. To date she’s written twenty-one short contemporary romances and five novellas; Something About Sophie is her third novel. She was born in Spokane, Washington, and now lives in a small town in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, three dogs, a cat, and her four children nearby.
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