Wednesday, October 9, 2013

North of Supposed to Be by Marcia Ferguson

Holy set of characters.  There are so many wonderful characters in this book, but the one that counts is Bronwyn.

Bronwyn is a photographer who rescues a Prime Minister's sons from kidnappers, and as she is rescuing them is shot.  She recovers and then gets taken care of by the Prime Minister and his wife and by being taken care of, I mean taken care of.  :)  She has places to live...something she never had before, a servant/bodyguard named Jeeves, and everything paid for.

She wants for nothing even though she has no immediate family to share her newfound wealth with since she was left alone when she was eight years old.  The best gift the Prime Minister and his wife give her is an estate in Maine.

You will follow Bronwyn through her recovery after the shooting and a few other harrowing incidents, but the main gist of the book along with its wonderful details about Pittsburgh is that Bronwyn is designing her estate in Maine and choosing the people she will have live there.  That would be a wonderful dream to have come true.

The book is full of quirky, but great characters you would want to meet.  Bronwyn is someone you definitely would want to meet and actually be.

NORTH OF SUPPOSED TO BE is filled with Ms. Ferguson's marvelous details about each character and places visited by Bronwyn.  She specifically details places in Pittsburgh, PA, which is where I live.

Ms. Ferguson takes you around the world and throughout the United States as you travel with Bronwyn.

A great deal of research went into this book.  It is an enjoyable, quick read even thought it is quite long. The pages just seem to fly by.

Give it a try if you want to meet some great characters and take a trip to Pittsburgh and other places without leaving your  home.  You should enjoy it.

I am going to rate this book a 3/5, though, because of its length and because I got lost a few times with so many characters. :)

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author in return for an honest review.


  1. I've never read anything by this author but this book sounds great! I love Bronwyn's name and what a great set up she is given by the Prime Minister...she did rescue his sons from kidnappers but his return gift to her is very nice.
    Great post! I'm going to look up this book.

  2. I thought this was historical fiction, but it sounds like it is present day. Too bad it has so many characters-yikes! I have a problem with keeping track in some storylines and having to keep referring back, which isn't as easy on a kindle than a print book. Glad you still enjoyed it, though.

  3. I like a book with a lot of characters, it's like a "concentration" game. Thank you for your review.

  4. Hello - message for Irene (I wrote North of Supposed to Be) - I'm glad to see you like a cast of characters; the people who drift in and out of Bronwyn's world are a diverse & warm group of people. If you get a chance to read North (avail in paperback; ebook for Nook, Kindle, iPad) I hope you enjoy it. I enjoyed seeing your blog's sidebar of favorite words in titles - the North of my title refers to both a direction and a place ... a direction away from the hopes and dreams and reliable reality we depend upon, and a place - Maine - where things do become as they're meant to be. It's great to see comments from Elizabeth's blog followers, and I've enjoyed seeing your own blogs and reviews ... Happy Reading!
    Marcia Ferguson

  5. Sounds interesting. And a large cast of characters can be enjoyable, especially if they're quirky and fun. And I like that one of the spots is Pittsburgh.

  6. This sounds wonderful, although I do have trouble at times with too many characters.

  7. Sounds like a good read, and I bet even though my daughter in law is not much of a reader, she'd enjoy this since she was raised in Pittsburg.

  8. Opps, forgot the "h" on Pittsburgh!