{Blog Tour w/Review & Giveaway} The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield



The Smallest Thing
by Lisa Manterfield
Category: Upper Young Adult Fiction
Publication: July 18, 2017
Binding: Perfect Bound
Publisher: Steel Rose Press


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. 


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This is a powerful and moving story and yes, of course, I found myself crying as the author pulled me into this well-written story line. This is a well-rounded book with a little bit of everything and I even found myself feeling welcomed in the village. The premise of the story does not disappoint and I found myself captivated in this tale.



{I requested a copy for review purposes and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}


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Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and 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.



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