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Friday, July 7, 2023

Book: The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise

 Book: The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise

Author: Collen Oakley

Pages: 352

This is my 58th book for the year

This is the story of Tanner and Louise (hence the title).  Tanner is a 21 year old girl who had it all - a scholarship to college to play soccer and a hope to someday go pro.  Until one fateful night when she went to a party with a friend and fell and injured her leg so badly she will never play soccer again.  Louise is an octogenarian who fell and broke her hip and now her children insist that she have a live in nanny to help care for her.  Louise just wants to be left alone, so when a broody, quiet Tanner is hired for the job - she feels like it might just work out.

The arrangement is working well - Tanner driving Louise to and from appointments and activities and then spending the rest of the time on her beloved video game - until Tanner starts to notice weird things around the house.  Locked doors and drawers, a locked shed, and finally a news broadcast where the person they are reporting bares a striking resemblance to a younger Louise.  One night - Louise appears in Tanner's room telling her to pack a bag and that they were leaving town.  This begins an adventure that neither of them expected to be one and one that reveals all the secrets Louise has never told anyone else - including her husband.

This was a great book.  While Tanner is infuriating and her brooding an attitude at the beginning of the book made me crazy, the overall story was wonderful.  As these two characters start an adventure together to get to someone from Louise's past, and the secrets that Louise has come to light, the story unfolds nicely and I was anxious to see where it went.  It was beautifully written, and has good humor, and life lessons, and found family elements that made it a treasured story.  Ending even had some surprises, even after Louise's secrets were reveals - things I didn't see coming.  

Highly recommend this one.

Stars: 4.5

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