I first read Edie Wadsworth on Margaret Feinberg’s blog. I had read about her book, “All the Pretty Things,” but had not purchased it. Then my mom told me she was reading it then someone else told me they were reading it, and before I knew it, it was Christmas and I was looking for new stuff to read, but still hadn’t read, “All the Pretty Things.” Low and behold there was some kind of settlement with Nook and I was sent a credit to my account. Merry Christmas to me! Let it rain e-books!
“All the Pretty Things,” was a combination of Nicholas Sparks, Margaret Feinberg, and Angela Slaughter. Wadsworth has a way of describing things that makes you feel like you are watching on the side of the road, almost like a secret intruder to her thoughts where you want to apologize for intruding, but you don’t want to leave because you want to see how it ends.
Her story is one of sadness, chaos, redemption, and honesty. This is not a story for the faint of heart but it is a story we can all relate to. We might not have had the same back story but we are all on a quest to forgive others and, most of all, forgive ourselves for any number of things. Having been raised among chaos Wadsworth was easily convinced her story would end with her being like everyone else before her. God’s mercies are new every morning despite our weaknesses, our back stories, and our own thoughts about ourselves.
To make this book even more appealing, there is a discussion guide at the end to make it great for a book club setting.