Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Smallest Thing by Lisa Mansfield - Review Tour






The Smallest Thing
Lisa Manterfield
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.





Review 
3 Stars
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Although this story is fictitious, it's based on the historical events of the devastating plague in the small village of Eyam during 17th century.

Emmott is a seventeen year old who lives in the small village of Eyam. Her family has been residents of this village for centuries. She doesn’t like living in this environment. She has itchy feet and wishes to go to live and work in London. Deb, her best friend and her boyfriend Ro are aware of her plans. She has yet to tell her parents.

Her mother and younger sister are away on holiday whilst she is helping her father with the family business. Her plans are coming to fruition when tragedy strikes the village. There has been a series of unexplained deaths and all of a sudden, the village is in quarantine. This thwarts her plan but, she is not about to give up very easily.

She is self centered and rebellious. She despises her father and is not very kind towards him. With the quarantine in place, she has no choice but to spend her time with him. She is insistent on leaving without thinking of the implications. Her failed attempt proves to her that Ro is not who she thinks he is. This epidemic brings a few truths home to her. She uncovers unpleasant family secrets. She sees her father in a different light and the reasons for his dedication to his community.

The friendship between Deb and Emmott is refreshing. My favourite character is Aiden, the community liaison who befriends Emmott. He cares! Even though Emmott becomes more considerate towards the end, it was difficult for me to warm up to her. Too many risky "rebellious" decisions.

It's a sad story. A close community plagued with deaths and sorrow. It shows the impact on close relationships during a time of crisis. Fear can change people. Some for the better and some for the worse. It's a great concept with in depth details of this natural disaster.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
 

Author Bio


Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. A Strange Companion is her first novel. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.





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