Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book Review

Title: Thank You for All Things
By: Sandra Kring
Pages: 289

Book Description:
At twelve, Lucy Marie McGowan already knows she’ll be a psychologist when she grows up. And her quirky and conflicted family provides plenty of opportunity for her to practice her calling. Now Lucy, her “profoundly gifted” twin brother, Milo, her commitment-phobic mother, and her New Age grandmother are leaving Chicago for Timber Falls, Wisconsin, to care for her dying grandfather—a complex and difficult man whose failure as a husband and father still painfully echoes down through the years.

Lucy believes her time in the rural town where the McGowan story began will provide a key piece to the puzzle of her family’s broken past, and perhaps even reveal the truth about her own missing father. But what she discovers is so much more—a lesson about the paradoxes of love and the grace of forgiveness that the adults around her will need help in remembering if their family is ever to find peace and embrace the future.

By turns heart-wrenching and heart-mending, Thank You for All Things is a powerful and poignant novel by a brilliant storyteller who illustrates that when it comes to matters of family and love, often it is the innocent who force others to confront their darkest secrets.

My thoughts:
This is the second book that I've read by this author that I didn't love (that means I won't be reading any more). The book was ok and don't think I wasted my time reading it or anything - but it was just missing something. I did tear up a little while reading this one, but the book still fell flat.

Basically the book is about Lucy trying to figure out who her father is while her grandpa, that she just met, withers away in the house they are staying at. She finds bits and pieces of info around town and from her mothers journals, old and new.



  1. I read this book a while back and also thought it was just okay. What is the other book you read by her? I read The Book of Bright Ideas and thought it was pretty good. I liked it better than this one, anyway.

  2. Yes, it was the Book of bright Ideas, that one was better - but not a whole lot ;-)