The Girl Made of Clay
An emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter…and what it takes to mend it.After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?

The Girl Made of Clay Details

TitleThe Girl Made of Clay
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
ISBN-139781503904637
Rating
GenreFiction, Family, Contemporary

The Girl Made of Clay Review

  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    A woman’s journey from anger to forgivenessFirst, let’s talk about the amazing cover artwork for this book. I just love it when authors and publishers put time and thought in the book cover. This was the entire reason I wanted to read The Girl Made of Clay.Sara has a full life as a mom, wife, volunteer and her time is filled from morning until night. The last thing she needed was for her estranged father to re-enter her life, but enter he does after a devastating fire left him in the burn unit a A woman’s journey from anger to forgivenessFirst, let’s talk about the amazing cover artwork for this book. I just love it when authors and publishers put time and thought in the book cover. This was the entire reason I wanted to read The Girl Made of Clay.Sara has a full life as a mom, wife, volunteer and her time is filled from morning until night. The last thing she needed was for her estranged father to re-enter her life, but enter he does after a devastating fire left him in the burn unit at a near-by hospital. TR, the father, is a sculptor whose most famous piece was based on Sara as a child. They once shared a very close relationship until he abandoned Sara, leaving her to care for her mentally ill mother. Caring for TR puts a further strain on Sara’s marriage which already was in trouble. How can she care for the man who left her – her husband or her father.The author has given us an emotional story that explores the question of forgiveness and its healing powers. Unfortunately the characters that were drawn In The Girl Made of Clay were predictable and uninteresting. I never was able to fully connect with Sara and I couldn’t tolerate her husband, Charlie, or her father, TR. I did like her dog, Acer, very much. However, for the life of me, I couldn’t understand why she wanted to forgive this man who was and had been terrible throughout his life. So, her son wanted to connect with his grandfather… so what. In the real world it isn’t always beneficial to “connect” or to “forgive” and yet we, as women, often are asked to do just that – for our own good. Perhaps it’s time to write books where men are not contemptible in the first place so that women didn’t have to spend their time learning about “forgiveness. There are many good books out there about dysfunctional families and the restorative power of forgiveness, unfortunately this is not one of them.This was an advanced read from #Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing.
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    Rich and vibrant, The Girl Made of Clay is a heartfelt story about family, forgiveness, and second chances. Meier’s emotionally charged writing, vivid settings, and crisp dialogue weave a powerful tale that brings her characters to life and draws in the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of The Girl Made of Clay by Nicole Meier from Goodreads for my honest opinion.I give this book 3.5 stars. I really love the cover of this book, nicely done. The Girl Made of Clay is a book of second chances. Learning in life to forgive and move on. Sara, who grew up having a rough childhood. Now, as adult, she is married to a pilot but because he is gone so much for work she has to everything on her own. One day, Sara gets a phone call, telling her that her father is in I received a free e-copy of The Girl Made of Clay by Nicole Meier from Goodreads for my honest opinion.I give this book 3.5 stars. I really love the cover of this book, nicely done. The Girl Made of Clay is a book of second chances. Learning in life to forgive and move on. Sara, who grew up having a rough childhood. Now, as adult, she is married to a pilot but because he is gone so much for work she has to everything on her own. One day, Sara gets a phone call, telling her that her father is in the hospital. Sara has to decide quickly if she is going to go visit him and forgive him for her childhood or to keep holding a grudge. At the same time she has to decide if she wants to try to save her marriage from falling apart and work on rebuilding it.
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  • Marjorie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up. When TR is wounded in a fire, the hospital calls his estranged daughter, Sara, as his emergency contact. Sara is incredibly conflicted as TR abandoned her and her mother when she was a child, however, with his home currently unlivable, he convinces her to let him stay with her for a while as he recovers. Sara is experiencing problems with her husband, bringing TR home does nothing but add fuel to the fire. As TR struggles to mend his relationship with his daughter and forge 3.5 stars rounded up. When TR is wounded in a fire, the hospital calls his estranged daughter, Sara, as his emergency contact. Sara is incredibly conflicted as TR abandoned her and her mother when she was a child, however, with his home currently unlivable, he convinces her to let him stay with her for a while as he recovers. Sara is experiencing problems with her husband, bringing TR home does nothing but add fuel to the fire. As TR struggles to mend his relationship with his daughter and forge a bond with his grandson, tensions are high, hidden secrets are revealed and the opportunity for forgiveness is put into question. The Girl Made of Clay is an emotional story and reminds us that it's never too late to try again when it comes to family. I received an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: September 12th 2018 "For the majority of their lives, they were two lost souls twisting in the wind." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[There were two things that instantly made me want to read The Girl Made Of Clay: the beautiful cover and the promise of an intriguing family drama with an artsy twist. There is no doubt that this story has a lot of potential Finished reading: September 12th 2018 "For the majority of their lives, they were two lost souls twisting in the wind." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[There were two things that instantly made me want to read The Girl Made Of Clay: the beautiful cover and the promise of an intriguing family drama with an artsy twist. There is no doubt that this story has a lot of potential, and I believe in this case the problem is me and not the story itself. I confess that family dramas are a bit out of my reading comfort zone and they can go either way for me. In this case, unfortunately my reading experience went down a negative road. It wasn't because of the writing, which was solid and flowed. The Girl Made Of Clay is a mostly character-driven story where the focus is on Sarah and her father TR, but also on the failing relationship between Sarah and her husband. As always with a character-driven story, the connection to the main characters is extremely important and has a big influence in how you perceive a story. Sadly, in The Girl Made Of Clay, I was unable to make such connection. In fact, TR is horrible, Sarah frustratingly annoying and her husband is no good either... Little Sam is the only one that was able to bring a smile to my face. I'm not saying the character development is bad and having flawed characters makes the story that much more realistic. TR isn't ment to be likeable, and the whole point of this book is that the relationship between Sarah and her father is broken. Still, my aversion towards the characters made it really hard to enjoy the story or to properly care about what would happen to them. I'm not sure about the credibility of some parts of the plot either... But like I said, the main problem for me was the lack of connection to the characters, which made it a struggle to stay focused and keep myself motivated to keep reading. I do think this was mostly me, and I think people who enjoy reading character-driven family dramas and don't mind flawed and potentially frustrating characters will have a good time with The Girl Made Of Clay.Sarah hasn't spoken with her father for decades, not since he left them all those years ago to live the celebrity lifeas a famous artist. But after Thomas 'TR' Harlow is badly injured in a house fire, it seems like he has no one else left to care for him... And suddenly Sarah is forced to care for a man who is basically a stranger to her. Being close to her father again not only brings back old painful memories, but also puts a strain on her already troubled marriage. Sarah is not so sure what to do with the situation, or if she will ever be able to forgive him...If you enjoy reading character-driven stories with flawed characters that are described in a realistic way, The Girl Made Of Clay is without doubt an interesting read. The pace is not the fastest, but the story captures quite well how the characters evolve over time. Did I think every aspect of the plot and behavior was credible? Not exactly. Did most of the characters annoy me and made me enjoy the story a lot less? Most definitely. But as one of the cliches goes: 'it's not you, it's me...'. And I really think that is what happened here. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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  • Travel.with.a.book
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl Made Of Clay is a novel that writes about a journey of a strong woman's life from the worst time to her best ones, Nicole is such a talented Author that merges a lot of different emotions inside the novel and writes about a strong topic that is present in most of us!.The Author brings her writings into healing a very huge love and it explores very detailed story, I like the parts of Sara that she is a strong and independent woman and she menages to schedule a very busy life as a mom, wi The Girl Made Of Clay is a novel that writes about a journey of a strong woman's life from the worst time to her best ones, Nicole is such a talented Author that merges a lot of different emotions inside the novel and writes about a strong topic that is present in most of us!.The Author brings her writings into healing a very huge love and it explores very detailed story, I like the parts of Sara that she is a strong and independent woman and she menages to schedule a very busy life as a mom, wife and a volunteer which is a normal life at most of women but unfortunately it's very tired and not very healthy!.I really felt this novel so much, I enjoyed it and devoured in maximum, Nicole is a great Author whose writings must be read by most of humans that deserve second chances! I highly recommend this brilliant book to my followers that love emotional, family, & second chances books!.The book has a very beautiful cover and the book is very rich, it has a lot of potential and I really love every family drama books but this one is very unique and it will haunt me forever, The novel talks about Sarah's life, her broken relationship with her father, but her failing relationship with her husband too!.One thing I enjoyed was that the story wasn't fast-paced which i enjoyed to understand it fully because not that it's complicated but the novel has very interesting and intriguing drama that I wouldn't like to go fast so it was very enjoyable!.I give this book 5/5 and I'd love to read Nicole's new novels as I highly recommend you to read this fabulous book!
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  • Cindy Roesel
    January 1, 1970
    "Watching her father sculpt was like witnessing a magician produce something out of air. TR was the enchanted wizard, and Sara was his little fairy muse. At least, that was the story she used to tell herself."In Nicole Meier's new novel, GIRL MADE of CLAY (LakeUnionPublishing), Sara remembers watching her famous father, Thomas Richard Harlow (TR) create art as a little girl, but that was then and this is now. Sara hasn't heard from her father since he left decades ago, leaving her with her unsta "Watching her father sculpt was like witnessing a magician produce something out of air. TR was the enchanted wizard, and Sara was his little fairy muse. At least, that was the story she used to tell herself."In Nicole Meier's new novel, GIRL MADE of CLAY (LakeUnionPublishing), Sara remembers watching her famous father, Thomas Richard Harlow (TR) create art as a little girl, but that was then and this is now. Sara hasn't heard from her father since he left decades ago, leaving her with her unstable mother. Now in her forties, she gets a call out of the blue from a hospital asking if she's the daughter of Thomas Richard Harlow. At first, she hangs up saying no, but then she calls back. Suddenly, TR is back in her life.TR has been living only an hour away for the better part of her life, but now that he's been burned in his house fire, he needs her help.  TR enters her house, more a stranger than parent and disrupts the already tense atmosphere between Sara and husband, Charlie and their ten-year old, Sam who is interested in bonding with this very strange old man. Now that TR is in her house, old wounds open. She must decide if she's willing to forgive the man who broke her hear all those years ago.I enjoyed Nicole's new novel, very much. It made me take a long look at my own relationship with my father. How she used metaphor between healing relationships and damaged bodies could have been very obvious, but she used it with TLC. I appreciate how Nicole's writing continues to bloom. You can see that she's grown since her last novel, THE HOUSE of BRADBURY, which we also loved.
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  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    January 1, 1970
    #FirstLine ~ If Sara had known what was waiting to greet her that morning, she would've stayed in bed.Meier has done it again. She has written a book that has both moved me and made me think. She continues to write stories with characters that captive and enthrall. Each character lends themselves to the story and helps built upon the beautifully fleshed out plot. I love that the story is deep and multi-layered. I enjoyed it cover-to-cover and know the characters and story will stay with me for q #FirstLine ~ If Sara had known what was waiting to greet her that morning, she would've stayed in bed.Meier has done it again. She has written a book that has both moved me and made me think. She continues to write stories with characters that captive and enthrall. Each character lends themselves to the story and helps built upon the beautifully fleshed out plot. I love that the story is deep and multi-layered. I enjoyed it cover-to-cover and know the characters and story will stay with me for quite sometime. It is a story that is easy to relate to and oh so memorable. A hit and a must read!!!
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Nicole’s first book, THE HOUSE OF BRADBURY, I knew she was an author I would forever be a fan of. Her writing immerses you into the characters lives. The good, the bad, and the ugly. With vivid details, relatable characters, and emotions that run deep, you become completely invested. There’s an honesty to her writing and THE GIRL MADE OF CLAY is no different. It’s a powerful story about family, forgiveness (for yourself and others), and second chances.I loved reading about Sara. A After reading Nicole’s first book, THE HOUSE OF BRADBURY, I knew she was an author I would forever be a fan of. Her writing immerses you into the characters lives. The good, the bad, and the ugly. With vivid details, relatable characters, and emotions that run deep, you become completely invested. There’s an honesty to her writing and THE GIRL MADE OF CLAY is no different. It’s a powerful story about family, forgiveness (for yourself and others), and second chances.I loved reading about Sara. A boy mom (Sam was such a sweet boy) who wasn’t afraid to admit she was wrong. Who was loyal, protective, and resilient. Someone who was so selfless for those she loved that she herself was often left depleted. Yet as time went on we got to see secrets unravel, love rekindle, and dreams reappear. This was such a heartwarming read.
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  • Bookish_Sally
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first time reading a book by this author. I very much enjoyed this story. It was heartfelt and beautiful.
  • -RadioactiveBookworm-
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly I never used to be into books like these, about normal life situations, until very recently. Books like this, have really turned me onto the idea, and gotten me reading them more and more, and really just enjoying them when I thought I couldn't before. I think that's the idea of this book, also. That the things you want, you have to work for, even if they're hard at first, and just keep trying until you figure something out.Check out the rest of my review here!https://radioactivebookrev Honestly I never used to be into books like these, about normal life situations, until very recently. Books like this, have really turned me onto the idea, and gotten me reading them more and more, and really just enjoying them when I thought I couldn't before. I think that's the idea of this book, also. That the things you want, you have to work for, even if they're hard at first, and just keep trying until you figure something out.Check out the rest of my review here!https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpr...
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes folks don’t know what they’re doing until it’s too late.”When TR’s house is ruined in a fire,he finds himself in the hospital with serious injuries. He needs to find a person and place to live who will help care for him. Can Sara give her father shelter and that care? Why should she? Sara has not heard from him in so many years. Sara has her own family that barely knows of this man. Can she find forgiveness for the years he has been gone from her life? How will they all move forward t “Sometimes folks don’t know what they’re doing until it’s too late.”When TR’s house is ruined in a fire,he finds himself in the hospital with serious injuries. He needs to find a person and place to live who will help care for him. Can Sara give her father shelter and that care? Why should she? Sara has not heard from him in so many years. Sara has her own family that barely knows of this man. Can she find forgiveness for the years he has been gone from her life? How will they all move forward to rekindle their relationship and heal their family?A wonderfully written book of family, truth and forgiveness. Well done!
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  • Katherine (KWBookReviews.com)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of the book from Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Make sure to read more reviews at Katherine's Book Reviews.The Girl Made of Clay is a contemporary fiction novel by Nicole Meier.SUMMARY:After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity li I received an ARC of the book from Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Make sure to read more reviews at Katherine's Book Reviews.The Girl Made of Clay is a contemporary fiction novel by Nicole Meier.SUMMARY:After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?The Girl Made of Clay is a novel that will remind you of the importance of your family. I was initially attracted to this book because of its cover and I was pleased to discover how much this book has to offer. I was surprised by how much the theme of forgiving your family is covered and handled so well throughout.The tension between Sara and TR is palpable at first, but soon they learn a lot from each other. They come to an understanding that it is never too late to start over again. It really made me reflect on my own relationships with my family, and what I would do if I had to learn to forgive them for their past.I like this book a lot. Nicole Meier’s writing is wonderful. Her dialogue had me on the edge of my seat and her descriptions are fulfilling. The plot goes deeper than I expected and I am impressed with the way that the story flowed. I do feel at times the pacing was a little off; sometimes the narrative felt to me like it was going too fast, or too slow. But overall I think this is a great story and I really enjoyed getting to know Sara. She has been through a lot of hardships in her life, especially regarding the men in her life. But it was nice to see that she was still able to hold her head high and stand up for herself when she needed to. I suggest this book to anyone who has family secrets and wants to read an honest book they won’t want to put down until the finish. The Girl Made of Clay teaches you that it is okay to believe in yourself and believe in others even if they have let you down in the past.
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  • Calista Andrechek
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley, Nicole Meier and Lake Union Publishing for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. Sarah has a busy life with her ten-year old son and her husband that is always jetting off for work. Her marriage is struggling, as is it with all the pressure she’s under while her husband is absent. She needs to focus on her marriage and son when she receives a call that changes her life. Her estranged father has been in an accident and needs someone to take care of him. She hasn’t Thank you NetGalley, Nicole Meier and Lake Union Publishing for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. Sarah has a busy life with her ten-year old son and her husband that is always jetting off for work. Her marriage is struggling, as is it with all the pressure she’s under while her husband is absent. She needs to focus on her marriage and son when she receives a call that changes her life. Her estranged father has been in an accident and needs someone to take care of him. She hasn’t heard or seen her father in years, but taking him in may help get the answers she has been looking for since she was a teenager, or it could end her marriage.This book and what Sarah has to put up with from all the men in her life really aggravated me! I was immediately hooked on this novel and it became one of those books where I just kept saying only one more chapter and then I’ll do what I need to do, and suddenly I was 70% done! I just felt like I knew how Sarah was feeling and I felt like I understood their family and all they’ve been through. I enjoyed that she tried to hold both her husband and father accountable for the things that they put her through and stood up for herself and what she needed! This was a really well told and honest novel, one that is definitely believable. I really enjoyed the whole story overall and how heartfelt everything was. I really could imagine many others going through similar situations and I really felt for every character in this novel. This really is a novel about forgiveness and admitting when you’ve made a mistake and trying to move on with those you love. I really couldn’t read this novel fast enough to see how it all played out and I was thrilled by the ending! I definitely recommend this novel!Pick it up September 25th!
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Can second chances and forgiveness be possible in today's day and age?Sarah's father has been gravely injured and she must now be his caretaker, but how can she when she knows so little about him?Two's company and three's a crowd and this new arrangement is causing a riff in the marriage.His grandson wants to get to know him and has already begun bonding but will that end because of her strong dislike of her father?This is heartfelt and emotionally draining upon those of us who felt unloved by o Can second chances and forgiveness be possible in today's day and age?Sarah's father has been gravely injured and she must now be his caretaker, but how can she when she knows so little about him?Two's company and three's a crowd and this new arrangement is causing a riff in the marriage.His grandson wants to get to know him and has already begun bonding but will that end because of her strong dislike of her father?This is heartfelt and emotionally draining upon those of us who felt unloved by our parents and our facing similar circumstances.It shouldn't be fear , shame, or blame that overrides love but it often leads to hate and powerful resentment and this story builds upon those exact emotions.Amazing read!Thank you Nicole Meier and her publisher for this ARC. Thank you NetGalley and Aldiko for providing the stage to entertain.
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  • Gena - My Book Reviews for You
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the tough emotions that were portrayed in this novel! Sara finds out that her father has been injured in a house fire. She hasn’t seen her father since she was a young girl. She allows him to come to her house to help him with his injuries. This creates many difficult situations with Sara, as well as with her husband and her young son. The story is an intricate exploration of the relationship between a child and their long estranged parent. It also explores the relationship of a I really enjoyed the tough emotions that were portrayed in this novel! Sara finds out that her father has been injured in a house fire. She hasn’t seen her father since she was a young girl. She allows him to come to her house to help him with his injuries. This creates many difficult situations with Sara, as well as with her husband and her young son. The story is an intricate exploration of the relationship between a child and their long estranged parent. It also explores the relationship of a marriage. Old wounds and misunderstandings come to the surface for everyone involved as time goes on. Sara discovers more secrets about her father as well. Sara has to fight with her feelings that she has held on to for so many years.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    When Sara's estranged father, TR, reaches out to her while healing from a fire, how will she respond? Will she give him a second chance? Or has she moved on? I'd recommend this one for fans of stories about forgiveness and second chances!Location: Portland, OregonAudiobook
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining and emotional book with the possibility of trying to make amends after many years of being torn apart. A tragedy happens to be the catalyst to set this all into motion. It was a well written book which flowed easily. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced readers copy.
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  • G
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early copy of The Girl Made of Clay and I enjoyed it so much! It was such a great page turner and I loved the characters. Meier intricately told a deeply touching story of a broken family. The book takes you on a journey of several relationships and there is something so relatable in all of them. It is written with a hint of suspense that keeps you wanting more! Meier's writing is so detailed you can feel, taste and touch the details of the book.
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  • NayNay
    January 1, 1970
    This is the kind of book you want to own. It’s about family and forgiveness there is simplicity and elegance to this story, this is the kind of book you read at the beach with no interruptions. It keeps you rooted to your beach towel long after the sun goes down. I was gifted this book by the author. Nicole, thank you for an afternoon of joy.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Sara has a busy suburban life with a ten year old son and a husband who is always traveling for work. In fact, her marriage is struggling with all of the pressure her husband's increasing absences have put upon her. She needs to focus on her marriage but instead gets a phone call that changes her life. Her estranged father, with whom she has had no contact since she was a teen, has been in an accident and needs her. Taking in her father could help ease years of pain and get answers she has been Sara has a busy suburban life with a ten year old son and a husband who is always traveling for work. In fact, her marriage is struggling with all of the pressure her husband's increasing absences have put upon her. She needs to focus on her marriage but instead gets a phone call that changes her life. Her estranged father, with whom she has had no contact since she was a teen, has been in an accident and needs her. Taking in her father could help ease years of pain and get answers she has been seeking, but it could also destroy her fragile marriage.This book pulled all of my emotions. It was heartbreaking to see how much pain Sara had been in because of TR and how his abandonment affected her current relationship. The relationship between TR and his grandson was so sweet. The way that art was used to heal was beautiful as well. I
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishers for this book. My review is mine and does not reflect the fact that I was given a copy.This book was ok. It was very good in parts but in others I just had a hard time connecting. I do not understand how Sara could or should feel obligated to take care of a man who had not been there for her for the better part of her life. I know she wanted answers and closure. I can personally relate to that. TR was a big jerk to everyone. He was hard to like becau Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishers for this book. My review is mine and does not reflect the fact that I was given a copy.This book was ok. It was very good in parts but in others I just had a hard time connecting. I do not understand how Sara could or should feel obligated to take care of a man who had not been there for her for the better part of her life. I know she wanted answers and closure. I can personally relate to that. TR was a big jerk to everyone. He was hard to like because of the way he treated people and the way he acted to Sara’s husband, Charlie. Charlie was no better in that he treated Sara like she was stupid for wanting to know her dad and brother, who she never knew existed. TR, Sara’s dad left when she was young. He left her with a very unstable mother and he knew she was unstable. There is no excuse for that. Why didn’t he just take her with him or get her mother help. He sure had the money. Why did TR think Sara owed him anything, much less help or forgiveness, when all he did was lie to her at every turn. Charlie, Sara’s husband should have been more understanding and though in ways I didn’t blame him either. They already had some problems before TR came but his attitude and not even trying to get to know TR was uncalled for on every level. I wanted to like Charlie and TR but both were jerks. My own dad left when I was almost six years old and I didn’t see him until I was 22 and married with a new baby. Then it was another 17 years before him and the woman he left for moved back to this area. He actually didn’t expect to just be welcomed with open arms. He asked for forgiveness for leaving me with a crazy mother who not only was abusive but let her sick husband moleste me. It took a while to forgive my dad but he was remorseful for what he did. TR was not until almost the end. This book was told from Sara and TR’s points of view. I think it was an ok read. It could have been better but it was not the worse book I’ve ever read either. It seemed to go on a bit to much in some area and was predictable in areas. But overall it was a fairly good story. The ending was predictable and part of it was good. I truly did want to love this book but I have to be honest. It was just ok to me. I will read more by this author. I think Nicole Meier will be a good author to read. It was just parts of this book that I was disappointed in.I gave it a 3.5 stars though all that it will show is 3. I’m sure a lot of people will like this book and from the reviews I did read there are lots who love it and lots who feel kind of the way I do. Give it a chance as you may love it.
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  • wellreadtraveler
    January 1, 1970
    Such a beautiful story of family, and all the disappointments and blessings that come with it. I really enjoyed reading Nicole Meier’s new book and I know you will too!The old saying goes “ you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family” stands true in The Girl Made of Clay. Sara is a stay at home mom to one little boy and a wife to a busy pilot husband. When she gets a phone call from the hospital asking if she knows TR, everything in her life will change. She hasn’t seen or spoken t Such a beautiful story of family, and all the disappointments and blessings that come with it. I really enjoyed reading Nicole Meier’s new book and I know you will too!The old saying goes “ you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family” stands true in The Girl Made of Clay. Sara is a stay at home mom to one little boy and a wife to a busy pilot husband. When she gets a phone call from the hospital asking if she knows TR, everything in her life will change. She hasn’t seen or spoken to her father since she was a child, and she has no desire to change that. Her mother died and she has no family, so out of curiosity she calls the hospital to find out what happened to her dad. What she learns is that her dad was badly burned in a house fire, but he will recover. His home is damaged and the hospital cannot let him leave on his own, and because he doesn’t have health insurance, he cannot go anywhere but home with her. How could she take home this man who deserted her and hasn’t reached out to her once? A father she doesn’t even know, and she’ll have to nurse back to health? Sarah is struggling in her marriage and left home alone to raise her son most of the time, so taking on her father will be hard on her. Against her better judgment Sara agrees to take in TR about this man and what he’s been up to all these years, Sara agrees to take TR to her home and help him recover. Sara will start to do her own investigating to find out the truth about the fire, what TR is hiding, and start to rebuild her relationship with her father. Many secrets will be revealed, her marriage will be put to the test, and relationships will be mended.
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  • Sadie Newell
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a solid read! Thanks to NetGalley, for providing me with an advance reader copy. Four stars: I've known for a long time that I don't do well reading books that just tell a ... story. I live for books that hook you, thrill you and leave you guessing until the very. last. page. Unfortunately, all those books basically read the same and I have grown sick of those, too. The Girl Made of Clay made my transition to "basic stories" easy, and I so enjoyed these characters. A wife with an w This book was a solid read! Thanks to NetGalley, for providing me with an advance reader copy. Four stars: I've known for a long time that I don't do well reading books that just tell a ... story. I live for books that hook you, thrill you and leave you guessing until the very. last. page. Unfortunately, all those books basically read the same and I have grown sick of those, too. The Girl Made of Clay made my transition to "basic stories" easy, and I so enjoyed these characters. A wife with an workaholic husband, a pre-teen child, an estranged father and a dream she gave up on years ago? Yeah, sign me up for that hot ass mess. I'm so glad I read this book. Highly relatable, a main character that isn't too whiny or impossible, and a solid storyline. You know when you read books and really get into it, and you're in a bad mood if the characters are? Yes. That was me! If you're stuck in a reading rut, give this one a try!
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  • Patriotic Bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    With that awesome cover, you wonder what is this book all about and how does a broken clay pot fit into the storyline? It's when Sara gets an unexpected phone call about her father that she is forced to look into her past and what went wrong with that relationship. Along with having a father back into her life, she is also dealing with marriage issues that seem to come at the wrong time for everything or is it? As Sara navigates this tricky path with both her husband and father who seems to have With that awesome cover, you wonder what is this book all about and how does a broken clay pot fit into the storyline? It's when Sara gets an unexpected phone call about her father that she is forced to look into her past and what went wrong with that relationship. Along with having a father back into her life, she is also dealing with marriage issues that seem to come at the wrong time for everything or is it? As Sara navigates this tricky path with both her husband and father who seems to have a major secret about his past, it will all come to a head when Sara finds out about the secret and what she is willing to do about it. Along the way, Sara has to rediscover what she is to everyone and that is how the broken clay pot comes into play but that's all I'm gonna reveal about that, y'all have to read this book to find out for yourselves! Having read Nicole Meier's first book (The House Of Bradbury) I wondered how she was gonna top that book and this book is a fine example of what great things we are to expect from this up and coming Author! Thank You to Nicole Meier for a book that will have everyone wondering what is next from you!!I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
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  • Louetta Waters
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley, Nicole Meier and Lake Union Publishing for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing.This story made me ugly cry more than once..so needless to say I loved it!!So very touching, heart warming, frustrating, sad...the book was darn good!The writing was interesting from the first sentence and never lagged. I loved the plot! The characters were rich and made you like them..or mad at them..or cry for them, Thank you NetGalley, Nicole Meier and Lake Union Publishing for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing.This story made me ugly cry more than once..so needless to say I loved it!!So very touching, heart warming, frustrating, sad...the book was darn good!The writing was interesting from the first sentence and never lagged. I loved the plot! The characters were rich and made you like them..or mad at them..or cry for them, you joined along in their lives. This is the first I've read of this author but interested in exploring more of her work. Because she took me in a rollercoaster ride of emotions and kept me there the book gets a 5 star rating! It's a must read!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from a GoodReads giveawayI know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I did and I was less than impressed. I'm more inclined to look up the artists and designers that worked on the cover. The plot was so predictable that I stuck around until the end only because I wanted to be proven wrong. I wasn't, everything was wrapped up in a nice little bow within the last two chapters. None of the character's were likable, with the exception of Acer. Also Sara's fears of h I received this book from a GoodReads giveawayI know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I did and I was less than impressed. I'm more inclined to look up the artists and designers that worked on the cover. The plot was so predictable that I stuck around until the end only because I wanted to be proven wrong. I wasn't, everything was wrapped up in a nice little bow within the last two chapters. None of the character's were likable, with the exception of Acer. Also Sara's fears of her emotionally/physically distant husband cheating on her were addressed in one single sentence in the last ten pages of the book? That could've been at least a whole chapter of Sara's lamentations. I hope that this author is much more successful as a sculptor because the only writing that resonated with me were the passages about art and art-making.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Sara is more generous to her father TR than many of us might be, especially when he expects her to nurse him back to health even though he abandoned her and her mom when she was ten. She's got a lot on her plate- her marriage to Charlie is floundering and her son Sam is, well, a kid. When TR moves in things get more chaotic and stressful but then peace begins to fall. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is all about forgiveness and it's a well written positive read.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Meier gives the reader a chance to see that it is never too late, for so many things. Relationships can be mended, wounds can heal, and new adventures are always there. The biggest take-away for me was the profound power of being and saying, "I'm sorry". No one is perfect, mistakes will be made, but seeing your own faults in situations and owning up to them is good for yourself as well as others. This review was possible with an ARC provided by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing.
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