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Thank Yous & Review – The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

First, I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments! Normally I would try to respond to some of the comments, but I’m already behind on just about everything (email, reader, reviews, etc), that I’m going to request a pass this time and hope that this thank you here will suffice. Everyone has been so kind and sweet and thoughtful! I might get married again just so I can get all these wonderful comments again. 😉

Second, I have a confession to make: I did some reading on my honeymoon. Before anyone says any prayers for my husband, do not despair…he was well taken care of. Even on a honeymoon there’s some down time (get yer mind out of the gutter! I hear you snickering! What I meant by down time was driving, waiting for the airplane…you’re not alone the whole time! THAT’S what I meant.). I took advantage of said down time.

Third, I brought three books on our honeymoon. Should be PLENTY for a week vacation, considering we’re on our honeymoon, right? Well, it would have been if my dear husband hadn’t commandeered one of my books! I had to resort to buying a book in Vegas. Of course, I made sure he knew it was HIS fault that I had to buy a new book. I didn’t even want a new book! He made me do it! 😉

As it so happens, Dave read Water Keep by J. Scott Savage in about two sessions. I’m reading it now, but I don’t think I’ll get through it in two sessions.

I didn’t want to buy a book I already own, so that narrowed my choices significantly. However, The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond caught my eye…I’ve seen it around, though I can’t pinpoint where. I’d made a mental note to pick it up at my first opportunity, and lo and behold, there it was, and there I was! *angels singing* It was a match made in heaven!

The Year of Fog
by Michelle Richmond
397 pages
Published April 2007

My run-on sentence synopsis: This book is about Abby, a photographer, engaged to Jake, who has a daughter, Emma, who is six years old, and Abby and Emma are in San Francisco on the beach and Abby looks away for less than a minute to take a picture and when she looks back Emma’s gone.

WOW. This was an excellent book. Though I imagine this would be hard for a parent to read. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

It’s hard for me to pinpoint what was so good about this book. I loved the writing. I kept on thinking, I’ve GOT to read more from this author!

I loved the characters.

What else? Oh, the complexity of emotions! Abby wasn’t Emma’s mom which added to the complexity. As you can imagine, something like this puts a strain on any relationship, let alone one in which they haven’t yet taken vows (I’m sure the statistics for a couple, married or not, getting through something like this without breaking up is very low).

Did I cry? No, but like I said, I don’t have any chilluns yet myself so it’s easier for me to be a silent observer to this situation.

I was waiting for the whole “Wah! I lost a little girl!” line to get old, but it never did. Abby’s feelings and thoughts are constantly shifting, albeit very slightly, making Abby’s feelings and thoughts always fresh and new.

ALSO, there’s this line that’s repeated a lot in the book, and again, I can’t pinpoint why it works so well, but it does, ’cause this doesn’t always work well in other books. Like in Comfort Food, the line “Thank you very much” is used at the end of some paragraphs, almost like a “So there!” and I was really irritated because it turns out the author says that, too, on her website, and it’s almost like she’s creating characters instead of letting them come to life…it’s a subtle difference, but it’s there. And every time a character said Thank you very much I wanted to pitch the book across the room. But I refrained. Anyway, the line in A Year of Fog that repeats is, “This is what I know.” BUT IT WORKS. It’s not all irritating-like. It’s more like “I don’t know what the hell happened on the beach when I looked away, obviously I’m missing some critical information, so I’m going to repeat exactly what I know until I figure out what happened.” IT WORKS.

I totally recommend this book.

Rating: 90 out of 100.

Side note: I don’t know if it’s my impeccable taste (HA!) or my awesome luck (if you saw what happened to me at the poker tables in Vegas, you’d know this is totally NOT TRUE), but I’ve read some of the best books this year. Not all books I read get such good reviews…I’ve just been lucky lately!

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14 Responses to “Thank Yous & Review – The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond”

  1. Heather

    Hey Trish! Glad to have you back! 🙂


  2. lisamm

    I have picked this book up a few times because I do like a pretty cover, and then I read what it’s about and put it right back. I think it’s the paranoid mommy in me but having my kid snatched away or lost is one of my scariest thoughts. It sounds good but maybe I’ll try it when my kids are a little older (like 30 or so).


  3. Nicole

    That’s funny about books on your honeymoon. I took one of the Harry Potter books on my honeymoon nine years ago!

    I have two little ones, so I may have to wait awhile to check out this book!


  4. J Scott Savage

    Great story Trish. Glad your hubby like Farworld. Hey at least both of you were reading, instead of one reading and one . . . you know . . . waiting.


  5. Lyza

    I, too, read on my honeymoon! Don’t despair! But one thing I will “warn” you: Those books are books that you will remember forever. The books I read during that time made a deep impression on me, especially “The Falls” by Joyce Carol Oates.

    Congrats, by the way!


  6. Florinda

    Welcome back! I reviewed The Year of Fog on my blog a couple of weeks ago, and I was very impressed with it too.

    You may be interested to know that the author, Michelle Richmond, is guest-posting at my blog this coming Monday, June 23.


  7. Literary Feline

    It’s so good to have you back! My husband has been eying Farworld too. Something about the dedication and the mention of the Ultima games, I think he said.


  8. Jill

    I loved this book…and I’m really looking forward to reading her new one, No One You Know…

    And, congrats!


  9. Jill

    I just reviewed her latest…check it out on my blog. I hope it makes your TBR list.


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