Seeking Sarah by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Hi. It’s been a disheartening weekend, hasn’t it? I thought that maybe I could do something to bring a little smile to your face {even for just a minute, because that’s a victory, right?}, so I’m reviewing Seeking Sarah today. It’s a bittersweet tale of a young woman who just finds out that her mother is alive, after thinking the opposite for more than twenty years. It’s also written by a pretty kick-butt lady author, whose books were immediately put on my to-read list the moment I finished this book.

 

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Title: Seeking Sarah {304 pgs.}

Genre: General Fiction {like, this doesn’t fit in just one category}

Publication Date: August 15, 2017 {tomorrow!!}

Summary:

From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn’t fit for motherhood. After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great career…and a brand new family. Stunned, Brooke doesn’t know if she wants answers or revenge against the mother who abandoned her. When she meets Sarah’s husband, Tony, Brooke sees the perfect way to make her mother pay. But her plan for revenge just may leave everyone in danger, and end up costing Brooke more than she ever bargained for.

I’m going to be completely honest right here: while reading this book, I hated pretty much every character but April. Everyone had flaws, and some of these flaws were pretty unforgivable. But then I reached the end, put the book down, and thought, Bree, don’t even think that you wouldn’t be as vengeful and angry as Brooke.

Brooke moves to Atlanta {temporarily} to find her mother. When she finally does, and sees that her mother has moved on with a brand new family {including a new daughter}, Brooke’s revenge goes into overdrive. She befriends her mother’s stepson, Alex, and while she repeatedly tells him that they’re just friends, it’s obvious that Alex wants more from Brooke {or Mona, as she goes by with him}. Then there’s Anthony, the deputy mayor, Brooke’s mother’s new husband. Anthony is a good man, except for the fact that he can’t keep his eyes off Brooke {or Meredith, as he knows her}.

It pretty much dissolves from there, but with a scary twist. You get the idea that one of the character’s isn’t…okay, but I never once imagined that this character could have done…what this character does. {I’m so sorry for the vague language; I really don’t want to ruin it!}

I think the character I most wanted to throw into the river was Trent, Brooke’s fiancé. He’s in the Navy and, even though Brooke said that she wanted to talk to him before he reenlisted, he went and did it anyway without talking with her. He expects Brooke to be the good little wife and follow him wherever he goes, instead of having a partnership. He’s also incredibly rude when it comes to Brooke wanting to find her mother. He’s unsupportive and basically tells her that she can get out of his life if she continues searching for her mother.

Like, what. Trent. NO. Get out of here.

I was also super happy when Brooke defied him and told him that she was going to do what she needed to do for herself. I adore reading strong female protagonists, and Brooke was strong. When she would break down and try to win Trent back, I understood, but she never let herself wallow too deep whenever he was a jerk. Brooke was strong and brilliant, even if she does go down a dark path. But, really, her father had just died and then she was told that her mother was really alive, and she has a new life. I’d go a little crazy, too.

This was one of those books that started off one way and then ended in a complete different direction. I really had no idea that it would end like it did, and there were more than a few times that I actually said OH MY GOD out loud. What I especially liked about the end was that it wasn’t exactly resolved and not everyone was super happy. It felt real, like something a friend would tell you happened to them. I love when things are tied up in a nice red bow, because that means I get to use my imagination and think about where the characters are in ten years {spoiler: Brooke is thriving and Trent is in a river somewhere}.

Seeking Sarah comes out tomorrow, so run out to the stores and get it! If you’re not a running person, then you can use the internet and order it. I won’t hold that against you. I’m not a runner, either.

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