Saturday, September 16, 2017

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield @lisamanterfield @XpressoTours

The Smallest Thing
Lisa Manterfield
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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.

My Review:

In a small village in the English country side lives a young girl who wants nothing more than to leave her home behind and move to London. Emmott Syddall doesn’t like her mundane life and has plans to leave with her boyfriend Ro when she turns eighteen in a just a few weeks. Just like any other young person Emmott wants to be in control of her own life and not have to do what her Dad says.

But just shy of moving day the village is hit with a deadly virus that is not only killing the older people but the younger people as well. The government comes in and quarantines the village. No one is allowed in or out. This upsets Emmott very much because she doesn’t want to be like her Dad and never leave. She wants out never to return. With this deadly virus running amuck Emmott is afraid that she will never get out.

Emmott did a lot of growing after everyone started getting sick. Like all young folk she thought she was an adult and didn’t need anyone. But as more and more people became sick she saw what her Dad was doing to help make things easier for them and soon realized that she didn’t know it all.

I enjoyed reading The Smallest Thing way more than I thought I would. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I kept comparing it to that movie with Dustin Hoffman and Renee Russo Outbreak as well as Stephen King’s Under the Dome. The connection I was making with Outbreak was probably just the virus and the hazmat suits and with Under the Dome it was just the fact that the people couldn’t get out. They were trapped under the dome while the people in The Smallest Thing had an imaginary line that they were not allowed to cross.

Lisa Manterfield is one brilliant author that can make you feel what the characters are feeling and seeing what they are seeing. I would like to recommend The Smallest Thing to anyone who loves a great story. The Smallest Thing will stay with me for many years to come.

Author Bio:
Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of 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. A Strange Companion is her first novel. Learn more at



diannekc said...

Really enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like a great read.

Penny said...

The synopsis sounds fascinating. I'd love to read this book.

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