Patricia Richard recently enjoyed True Places by Sonja Yoerg, a novel that serves as "a touching reminder of the importance of family, nature and belonging." Here is her review:
"True Places is a powerfully written family drama by author Sonja Yoerg that immerses the reader into the lives of Suzanne and Iris. Suzanne is an overscheduled mother of 2 and wife who spends her days focusing on her family yet is simply getting by in her upper-class world in Charlottesville. While everything appears to be perfect for Suzanne she lives a life paralyzed by fear from her past and does everything she can to avoid conflict. One day to escape her world she takes a drive. During this drive she stumbles across Iris, a 15 year old girl who is sick and near starvation. Iris had lived her entire life in the forest without power, running water or any modern amenities. Nature fills her with joy. But alone and starving she is found by Suzanne and taken into Suzanne’s family. Iris struggles to understand the modern world that moves so quickly and filled with so much stuff. As the relationship between Suzanne and Iris builds Suzanne’s family falls apart and the rebuilding for everyone makes this novel a touching reminder of the importance of family, nature and belonging. Readers of Jodi Picoult, John Grisham and Diane Chamberlain may enjoy this book."