The Art of Crash Landing: A Novel (P.S.) by Melissa DeCarlo

Release Date - September 8, 2015

Melissa DeCarlo

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Her mother's dead. Her latest relationship is over. Mattie Wallace isn't sure where to go or what to do next. With her trash bags in tow, she heads to her step-father's trailer, but he's dealing with his own things and Mattie knows she cannot stay with him forever, especially not when she's pregnant and has no job, no money, and no clear future. When she learns her grandmother is dead and that Mattie is the only heir, she heads off to Gandy, Oklahoma, to talk to the lawyer who keeps calling her.

In Gandy, Mattie learns that the mother she knew was not at all the woman who grew up here. Mattie becomes determined to unravel the truth and find out what happened in Gandy that changed her mother from a vibrant, music-loving teen to a woman who clearly could not keep herself together.

The Art of Crash Landing is Melissa DeCarlo's first novel, and it's definitely one I am so glad I did not miss. Though Mattie makes some horrible decisions, it's hard to find fault with her, especially as you begin to learn more through flashbacks. I found myself rooting for her, even when the town seemed to hold things against her for wanting to know about her ancestors.

There's a touch of romance in the novel, though it never takes center stage. This is clearly a book that is geared for women and one about finding yourself. It's brutally honest and very emotional. I really enjoyed every moment.


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