I have to say, after reading a lot of new domestic dramas, it was nice to see one presented in a new way, one dealing with a step-parent trying to find her footing in her family after the sudden death of her husband.
Untethered tells the story of Char, a professor whose husband, Bradley, suddenly dies, leaving her a widow and his daughter, Allie, a high school student, alone in their Michigan home. Allie’s biological mother Lindy is a wedding planner in California and can’t make the time to be there for her daughter. However, she sure likes to make her opinion known and to tell Char how Allie is her child, not Char’s.
After Bradley’s death, Char begins to question herself as a mother, since she’s only mothered Allie with her husband at her side. Allie is struggling to remain stable amongst a group of friends but she does have one constant in her life, her relationship with Morgan, a young girl who she tutors.
The drama of this book really starts to pick up in the second half. With Morgan and her family dealing with a crisis of their own, you’ll be turning the pages eagerly, hoping it all comes to a solid and safe resolution.
If you are really looking for Julie Lawson Timmer at her best, I strongly urge you to read her first novel, Five Days Left. Either of these choices would be good picks for a book club, as they both pose lots of discussion-worthy subject matter. The characters’ motivation and decisions will be highly debated amongst members.
Thank you to BookSparks and their #BestSummerEver campaign for a copy in exchange for an honest review.