Smoke by: Catherine McKenzie

SmokeSmoke by Catherine McKenzie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two families in turmoil, a friendship destroyed, a mountain fire about to consume it all.

The narration is built on two families – their past, present and with the fire that rages, what will their future hold.

Elizabeth and her husband Ben had a storybook romance but with her job with working with fires for 10 years, it has taken a toll on her marriage. A job that has gives her purpose is now destroying her marriage. Wanting to start a family and fighting fires do not mix.

Mindy and Peter have two children that Mindy has devoted her whole life to. Her youngest daughter overcoming medical difficulties has put Mindy’s heart in a vulnerable stage. Mindy will protect her children at any cost. I mostly resonated with Mindy in that your children are your heart walking around and the vulnerability of that can be staggering.

Mindy and Elizabeth have a friendship that is fun and enviable but then the friendship suffers when a double standard remark is made.

With ironies and double standards comes the fire that threatens the town and the families that live there.

I love how an author can take a the prose of a forest fire and make parallels with each of the characters. The description of fighting fires was interesting as well and fit what was going on in the lives of Beth and Mindy. i.e. That in fighting fires, it is important to know where they start. In this case of both Beth and Mindy the fires in their own lives they had to process where they started to contain any more destruction.

A Special Thank You to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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