Book Review-The Art of Crash Landing-Melissa DeCarlo | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Art of Crash Landing-Melissa DeCarlo

Saturday, August 29, 2015



What an interesting novel about one woman's search for her roots. Of course she herself is always choosing wrong but is an optimist at heart and just keeps moving along. She harbors both love, resentment and guilt about her mother especially since she has died. and seems to always be searching-for what she does not know. Her step father is the only one who she can relate to a bit anyway.

No one seems to know anything about her Mom--until her grandmother leaves her the house. Using stealth and subterfuge she slowly uncovers what her mother was really like and discovers things about herself that she never imagined possible.

There is a lot of laughter to be found within the pages of this book as well as tears. It was well worth the read in my opinion!


About the Book: (from Amazon)

From a bright new talent comes this debut novel about a young woman who travels for the first time to her mother’s hometown, and gets sucked into the mystery that changed her family forever

Mattie Wallace has really screwed up this time. Broke and knocked up, she’s got all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags, and nowhere to go. Try as she might, Mattie can no longer deny that she really is turning into her mother, a broken alcoholic who never met a bad choice she didn’t make.

When Mattie gets news of a possible inheritance left by a grandmother she’s never met, she jumps at this one last chance to turn things around. Leaving the Florida Panhandle, she drives eight hundred miles to her mother’s birthplace—the tiny town of Gandy, Oklahoma. There, she soon learns that her mother remains a local mystery—a happy, talented teenager who inexplicably skipped town thirty-five years ago with nothing but the clothes on her back. But the girl they describe bears little resemblance to the damaged woman Mattie knew, and before long it becomes clear that something terrible happened to her mother, and it happened here. The harder Mattie digs for answers, the more obstacles she encounters. Giving up, however, isn’t an option. Uncovering what started her mother’s downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.

Hilarious, gripping, and unexpectedly wise, The Art of Crash Landing is a poignant novel from an assured new voice.


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About the Author: (from Amazon)


Melissa DeCarlo was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and has worked as an artist, graphic designer, grant writer, and even (back when computers were the size of refrigerators) a computer programmer. THE ART OF CRASH LANDING is her first novel. Melissa now lives in East Texas with her husband and a motley crew of rescue animals. www.melissadecarlo.com

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30 comments :

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love the storyline of the protagonist looking for her roots. I think that her evolution as a character as she discovers herself must be very interesting.

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for the great review!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I bet it is really hard not knowing who or what your Mom is. I would want to know too.

Ourfamilyworld said...

This sounds like a fun and interesting read. I would love to read this book.

Samantha said...

sounds like a good read, i would like to try this one

Chanelle Kim said...

It's been awhile since I've read a good book, but with a vacation coming up soon, I may check this one out. My life seems so boring compared to this storyline!

Kat J said...

I think to some degree we all are looking for our roots in one way or another. I enjoy books that have an uplifting story line. This sounds like an interesting read.

Felissa Hadas said...

Sounds like a great book! I really wish I had more time to read. I already have a pile of books waiting for me to have some time to relax and pick one up. Maybe this winter I will find some time. Sounds like this is a book I might want to add to the pile. Thank you for sharing.

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

I wonder how finding out about your roots could change you. Of course if there is a road to take to discover them you change but what if you just come upon the information?

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like an amazing mysterious interesting story. I love stories like this one and your review makes me really want to read this one. I would love to find out who her mother was as well as why she ended up the way she did.

Mykidsguide said...

Lately, I was into mystery books. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

Masshole Mommy said...

That sure sounds like a great read! I do love a good mystery, too, so I will be sure to check this out.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I enjoy learning about new books and new authors. I really enjoy reading, and must give myself more time to do it.

Heather Jones said...

This sounds like a book I should read just because I don't have a mother dautpghter relationship at all. I think it would be a good read for me emotionally.

Frugal Qponer said...

OH I wish I had time to read. When I do occasionally I am always looking for good recommendations. Thanks.

Mama to 5 said...

Sounds like a great read! I love books likes this, definitely keeps you wanting to read more to see what happens next!

Sue Lau said...

These look like really great books for kids, ones they will enjoy reading often, building their reading skills.

jcupphoo said...

Sounds like a great book! We'll definitely have to keep this in mind. My wife still has a ton of books she needs to read to reach her yearly goal.

Kristen said...

Looks like another great book to add to my list! thanks so much!

Brooke Fedigan said...

Looks like a wonderful book. Seems to grab you right from the intro. I will put this in my shopping cart for sure. We still have a week or so of Summer here in the NE.

Brooke

Esme Sy said...

Sounds like a book my daughter and I will enjoy reading. Thanks for reviewing this book!

Jennifer Juro said...

I love a good mystery book!!! This sounds like it would be a good read.

Eliz Frank said...

I love books that cheer one up and that tell an uplifting, inspiring, even funny story. This sounds like such a book.

Kerri said...

Seems like a book that I should add to my list of books to read. Maybe I can squeeze one more in before schools starts?

Stephanie Pass said...

This kind of story is one of my favorites. I love when there's a mystery to the past and then they slowly uncover it. I will be definitely checking this one out.

Echo A said...

I always loved these "searching for the truth" novels! Thank you for sharing such a thorough review!

CourtneyLynne said...

Oooo this sounds like a really great read! I need a new book super bad so I will have to check this one out!

Susan Quackenbush said...

This genuinely sounds like a book I would be into. I'm going to check it out on Kindle right now! Thank you for sharing! :)

Manu Kalia said...

The review makes me want to read it. Looks interesting to read this summer.

Adrienne P said...

What an interesting plot. It seems like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

 
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