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Little Broken ThingsLittle Broken Things by Nicole Baart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Brenda’s Review:  Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review by Brenda with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Susanne, Jan and Holly

I read Little Broken Things along with six of my Traveling Sisters and it left us in different coulees once again. We were mostly split in two different ones, some sisters were lost in the lush coulee and enjoying this one and others were lost in the dry coulee and finding themselves bored and napping leaving them uninterested in this one.

Little Broken Things starts off suspenseful and caught the attention of some sisters and then slows down quite a bit in the middle leaving us a bit disappointed and then picks up near the end and wrapped up quite nicely for the sisters in the lush coulee. We would have liked it to have been a bit better paced.

Nicole Baart delivers a quieter suspenseful mystery novel with some family drama that is free from using any shock value to surprise her readers, making this one a nice safe read. There is a little dark to the story to add to the dynamics of the family, however, there are no surprises here. The sisters in the dry coulee found that to be predictable and were bored with the storyline. The story is a refreshing yet a little dark that explores the complicated relationships between flawed women and what ties a family together. The story revolves around a little girl Lucy who captured our hearts and we enjoyed the relationships she had with the women in this story.

Norma and I recommend this one to readers who are looking for a safer, suspenseful story with some family drama with no real surprises to shock you.

Publication date: November 21, 2017

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!


Norma’s Review

3.5 stars rounded up!

LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by NICOLE BAART was an engaging, suspenseful, and a slower paced mystery novel which had an intriguing storyline revolving around family secrets and the sacrifices and bond between mothers and daughters. Little Broken Things I thought was the perfect title for this novel which is filled with familial broken relationships and the sacrifices of a mother’s love for her family. With a little honesty, hope, and understanding maybe all the little broken things can be repaired with truth and love.

NICOLE BAART delivers a beautifully written multi-layered story here which is told in multiple points of view which started off quite strong for me but lost me a little in the middle and then picked up again in the end. The story starts off tense with a sense of impending danger from a cryptic text message that Quinn receives from her sister Nora, “I have something for you.” Unfortunately, that sense of danger and tense feeling didn’t follow through the whole story for me but Lucy captured my heart and I was totally invested in the safety and fate of the little girl.

Even though some of this story was a little slow moving for me in the end this book touched my heart. Would recommend to readers who appreciate a safe, steady-paced, and suspenseful family drama mystery story with hidden secrets that are revealed with no shocking moments.

Publication date: November 21, 2017

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!


Lindsay’s Review

3 stars.

This was a story about a mother’s love and sacrifice for her child and a family coming together after years of separation. At times, the book had my heart pounding, my worry intensifying, my stomach churning and my hope growing. There were some wild twists and turns that caught me completely off guard.

I liked the main characters Quinn and Everlee. The remaining characters I had more of a hard time connecting with. Some ended up growing on me, while others began to irritate me and a few relationships felt awkward and forced. I also found some situations questionable from a realistic perspective, but I was still able to endure and enjoy the story unfolding.

This book started off stronger than it ended. The beginning captured my attention and had me drawn into the storyline and characters. The last third of the book lost its spark for me as there was so much aimless going back and forth chasing after characters.

Overall, I’m happy I read the book and enjoyed the story, but it wasn’t a standout novel for me. I loved reading this along with my Traveling Sisters – that experience never fails!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!


4 thoughts on “Traveling Sisters Review: Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart @NicoleLynnBaart @AtriaBooks #travelingsistersread #BookReview

  1. Lindsay says:

    Loved reading this one with my sisters!!!!! xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Loved reading this one with you as well Lindsay! xoxoxo


  2. Rita H says:

    I have never read a book by Ms. Baart but I’ve read some reviews and blurbs about her books and figured that this was a “milder” type of suspense wrapped in a family drama. It’s a good choice to read between the darker and grittier reads that sometimes upset us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I haven’t read a book by this author either. I also appreciate and enjoy a slower-paced and milder book choice in between those intense reads.


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