Book Review: A Scattered Life

January 13, 2011 book review 4

A friend of mine told me about this book, she had read it and told me it was a low price book available on Kindle, and well I’m all excited to find new authors and new things to read………so off I went to download and when the dust settled after Christmas it became my first read of 2011.
A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion is the story of three women really.  Skyla is still who I would consider the main character, and the bond that ties all the stories together.  Skyla is a young woman, who is sort of unformed was my first impression.  She meets and marries her husband and their relationship is good, but somewhat more sedate and orderly than many relationships.  His mother, Audry is the next important character, a middle aged woman with three grown sons and a retired husband.  She is nosy and in everyone’s business.  Skyla has a new neighbor move in, and the family has 5 sons, yes 5!, and they  are anything but sedate and orderly.  There are hilarious and embarrassing parental moments, but the mother of these boys, Roxanne becomes Skyla’s best friend and confidant, she gives Skyla strength and opens new doors for her.  The journey these women and their families take is passionate and made me laugh and cry.
I’m looking forward to reading more of Karen’s books, there is another novel and a book of humorous stores, she has two young adult novels and  a children’s book too. 
A bit more about Karen from Amazon:
Karen McQuestion’s essays have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. She is the author of four novels, one children’s book, and one collection of humorous essays. She originally self-published A Scattered Life as an e-book for Amazon’s Kindle. Within a few weeks, the novel caught the attention of a L.A. based production company and became the first self-published Kindle book to be optioned for film. McQuestion lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.
I hope you will search out A Scattered Life, it’s a read well worth the time.
UPDATE:  If you visit Karen’s blog, which can be located on the link above she is giving away her books this week!!  Good Luck.

4 Responses to “Book Review: A Scattered Life”

  1. Terra

    I am so glad you read it, and so bummed you bought it. We can lend books now. If they are publisher approved! So we need to chat, share books!!!!

  2. Kat

    I downloaded this earlier, and I really loved the book. One thing I love about my Kindle is finding new voices and new genres that I might otherwise not read. Financially I have a hard time plunking down close to thirty bucks for an unknown author, and many times these books don’t make it to the library. Kat

  3. Karen McQuestion

    Anita, you put a smile on my face! Thanks so much, not only for reading, but also for taking the time to write and post such a thoughtful review. I am grateful. <3

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