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The Girl Made of Clay by Nicole Meier

Book Review:  3 out of 5 star rating

Sara and her mother were abandoned by her father when Sara was a young girl and she was left with an emotionally unstable mother and too much responsibility on her young shoulders.   Sara’s father, known as “TR”, was a famous sculptor and his fame pulled him away from his family.  Sara is now a grown woman with a husband and a young son.  Her marriage is not doing well and Sara needs no further complications when she receives a phone call from a hospital telling her that TR was severely burned in a fire and was asking for her.  Old wounds are reopened.

While I well understand that family dynamics can be very complicated, this book just didn’t ring true to me.  I could have been in Sara’s shoes in my own life and I know I would have responded quite differently than she did.  Not wanting to give away the plot, it’s difficult to explain but forgiveness is one thing and being used is another.   I also had a hard time connecting with these characters, maybe because I felt out of sync with them.  It was also too drawn out at times.

I did enjoy the artistic parts of the book and the creative passion that Sara never lost despite her father’s abandonment.  I felt compassion for Sara but it wasn’t enough to make this book a really special one.  It was an OK read and I never wanted to give up on it.  It just isn’t one that I will long remember.

This book was won by me in a Goodreads giveaway.