Molinda C. (suffolk, VA)
Quirky but rewarding
This is a good story about a mother and daughter finding themselves and each other after long years of estrangement. The writing is somewhat heavy handed with a few too many extraneous adjectives that got in the way of the plot for me. I appreciate that the author avoided a cliched feel good ending and left it up to the reader's own imagination.
Linda N. (Dallas, TX)
Mary Saint, the wayward-has-been rock singer and Jeanne,her mother, are both victims of family violence. Mary acts out in drugs and sings angry lyrics, and her mother tries to quietly put her past behind her. Both have a lot to swallow when an invitation to sing in the small town high school brings Mary's and her mother's reunites the two. I had difficulty connecting with Mary as a believable character. Jeanne, while more credible, did not get my sympathy. I found the book casually interesting.
Daveann (Eureka, MO)
I must say that I wasn't very interested in the beginning. I was curious enough to finish, it was an easy, fast read and I would rate it as average.
Sherrill B. (Columbia City, In.)
I didn't like this book. the language was very offensive and even though I tried to overlook it I couldn't. I didn't like the theme or anything about it.
Debra V. (Kenosha, WI)
I really enjoyed Wayward Saints by Suzzy Roche. It is very interesting to read novels written from the perspective of an author who has actually "done" what they are writing about. In most cases, this type of author does not mix a good story with great writing, however Suzzy Roche mixes wry style with graceful writing and the result is a great book that captures your attention until the last page! The only criticism I have is that the "arch nemesis" Adele is never really formed as a character, so why mention her at all?
Tracy B. (New Castle, DE)
The characters started out living in very different worlds. I was wondering how they would or if they could ever be in the same room. The religious thread challenged almost everyone's belief system and in the end was what brought "family" together.
Stories where people find their voice resonate with me. This was one of those journeys. Struggle's, sorrow, faith and joy were the foundation of the clear development of each character. The twists, coincidences, clashes and surprises made for a good read.
Beth C. (Sioux Falls, SD)
Wayward Saints - Finding Their Way
Literally, "Wayward Saints" by singer, Suzzy Roche, is a quirky novel about a mother and daughter, Jean and Mary Saint. Each is fighting to overcome issues that darkened their lives as Mary was growing up. They are also working through current problems - Jean's abusive husband is now a victim of Alzheimer's and lives in a nursing home. Mary, once a rising alternative rock star, has crashed is trying to put her pieces back together.
However, figuratively there are a number of "saints" in the book. These include friends and acquaintances that somehow help both Jean and Mary on their paths to redemption.
It was a slow starting book, but I enjoyed it. It would make an interesting book group discussion topic.