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South of Superior [PDF / Epub] ☉ South of Superior By Ellen Airgood – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A debut novel full of heart, in which love, friendship, and charity teach a young woman to live a bigger lifeWhen Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast A debut novel full of heart, in which love, friendship, and charity teach a young woman to live a bigger lifeWhen Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan s Upper Peninsula, she isn t prepared for how much her life will changeCharged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters one sharp and stubborn, the other South of ePUB í sweeter than sunshine As Madeline begins to experience the ways of the small, tight knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents It s a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but friendship, community, and compassion run deeper As the story hurtles along featuring a lost child, a dashed love, a car accident, a wedding, a fire, and a romantic reunion Gladys, Arbutus, and the rest of the town teach Madeline about life, love, and goodwill than she s learned in a lifetimeA heartwarming novel, South of Superior explores the deep reward in caring for others, and shows how one who is poor in pocket can be rich in so many other ways, and how little it often takes to make someone happy.


10 thoughts on “South of Superior

  1. Jo Anne B Jo Anne B says:

    The premise of this book was not believeable What 35 yr old engaged woman is going to give up her job, apartment, and relationship in order to go wipe some stranger s butt in another state just because her dead estranged grandfather s lover asks her to Only a fool does that Are we supposed to think Madeline is some kind of good person and martyr for doing this Dumb is the only thing that comes to my mind.Madeline s mother was pregnant with her at 15 and dropped out of high school to work the The premise of this book was not believeable What 35 yr old engaged woman is going to give up her job, apartment, and relationship in order to go wipe some stranger s butt in another state just because her dead estranged grandfather s lover asks her to Only a fool does that Are we supposed to think Madeline is some kind of good person and martyr for doing this Dumb is the only thing that comes to my mind.Madeline s mother was pregnant with her at 15 and dropped out of high school to work the streets in Michigan and after she gave birth, abandoned her daughter and just left Her father refused to take custody of Madeline so she ended up being raised by a neiighbor, Emme, who then moved to Chicago This woman loved Madeline and raised her like a mother would But then she got sick, Madeline tended to her care and inherited her apartment and some money when she died She worked as a waitress and had been with her fiance for 3 years Ok, so she really didn t have a career and spent her most recent times taking care of an elderly woman So it would make sense if she used this time now to think about her career and do something for herself But she gets a letter in the mail from a lady, Gladys, she never met who dated her grandfather whom she doesn t remember other than knowing that he didn t want to take care of her when her mother left So we are supposed to believe that she quits her job, breaks off her engagement, and is on her way the next day to Michigan to take care of a stranger Gladys had promised room and board and a small amount of money in return for tending to Arbutus When Madeline finally arrives Gladys is super mean to Madeline and full of secrets and guilt, everyone in town is poor and can t pay their bills, so Madeline won t be getting paid for her services and they don t have enough money to buy groceries Gladys is being sued by the grocery store for not paying for her food, she hasn t paid her property taxes or utility bills, and owns a decrepid, nonfunctional hotel Madeline barely watches over Abutus, goes on tons of walks, and ends up getting a job as a waitress How is this better than her life in Chicago Madeline went to Michigan because she had nothing to lose despite having a job, apartment, fiance, and friends After being raised by a kind, caring, loving, and compassionate woman she still felt the emptiness inside wasreal andpressing having been abandoned by her biological family Why would she even care about them She never met them She was just a baby and then Emme took her and raised her like her own daughter in Chicago Why would she care about a family that didn t care about her And didn t she care about her fiance To up and leave him like that is absurd Isn t that like what her real mom did to her Didn t she resent that After a while, Madeline feels invested in the town This occurs after crashing her boss s truck and not showing up to work getting her fired from her job And to think that she has the nerve to call her ex fiance and ask him for money to fix the truck And he said yes Who are these people She also left candles burning in the abandoned hotel which ended up starting a fire She was super rude and judgemental of the people in town But she adapts and ends up caring for all of them, selling her Chicago apartment, buying the hotel, falling in love with her former boss who only started a relationship with her after the druggie, prostitute lady he loved crashed her car and got paralyzed and pushed him away and they raise the druggie woman s son together But Madeline wanted to stay there and be a part of something Everybody in this tribe didn t love each other They disagreed and gossiped and argued they laid traps for each other and rejoiced when the trap was sprung they relished placing blame wherever it would stick and took pleasure in one another s mistakes But when there was trouble there was help Pretty messed up that a woman born into a dysfunctional famiy but raised by a normal one can only find true comfort in a dysfunctional town I d say this book is quite a bit ways south of superior


  2. Pamela Pamela says:

    What do you do when the sister of one of your best friends really has a novel published I mean, once you get over your envy that she did what you have only fantasized, but not acted upon I pushed myself to read it and, my own self recrimination pushed aside, I am very happy that I did I grew up in a small town of 250 people and could relate to the characters in this story They are believable Madeline wants to understand the truth of her family, not just the facts And this takes a willingne What do you do when the sister of one of your best friends really has a novel published I mean, once you get over your envy that she did what you have only fantasized, but not acted upon I pushed myself to read it and, my own self recrimination pushed aside, I am very happy that I did I grew up in a small town of 250 people and could relate to the characters in this story They are believable Madeline wants to understand the truth of her family, not just the facts And this takes a willingness to embrace people in a way that I find personally challenging, because there is knowing and understanding, but embracing takes a surrender that few can maintain I could relate to Madeline s decision to leave Chicago for something greater than a metropolis for something greater than ordinary expectations I kept thinking, Ellen, this is amazing I can tell you really know your characters You are wise beyond your years You know love in a way that few people would even be able to imagine The word I use for Ellen is earthy, and by that I mean rich and deep, nourishing, vital South of Superior reflects this I am now reading it again, hopefully, with less mixed feelings love, loyalty, pride, anxiety and envy being a few And I will let you know about that here Meanwhile, I am also enjoying Ellen s blog one particular favorite being written in response to a reader s query as to how she actually gets the work of writing accomplished There is a bounty of practical wisdom there which does not surprise me any , when it comes from Ellen


  3. Kathy Kathy says:

    With reluctance, I ve turned the last page of this book, only to find myself hoping that it s a particularly cold and stormy winter on the northernmost shore of Michigan s U.P, so that Ms Airgood can get started on her next novel Her characters and this reader are just crying out for a sequel I d just finished another novel set in a small town in a location that has personal significance for me, so this seemed like a good choice for another light read Having family in the thumb of Michiga With reluctance, I ve turned the last page of this book, only to find myself hoping that it s a particularly cold and stormy winter on the northernmost shore of Michigan s U.P, so that Ms Airgood can get started on her next novel Her characters and this reader are just crying out for a sequel I d just finished another novel set in a small town in a location that has personal significance for me, so this seemed like a good choice for another light read Having family in the thumb of Michigan, it s a location that holds many memories I confess that I was leaning towards liking this book based only on the setting As it turns out, however, Ms Airgood is an excellent writer, and among all of her strengths, her character development is outstanding Whether the reader falls in love with the array of small town characters or finds them frustrating, nosy, and too stubborn for their own good, you can t help wanting to peer down the road to see where life will take them next If you read it with an open mind, and set aside the general tendency to set limits on the capacity of small town folks, you ll realize that we re all seeking the same treasures They may appear differently depending on the degree of urbanization in your neighbourhood and in your heart, but the treasures of the soul are the same


  4. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    Superficial character development and light on prose The dialog was choppy and sometimes difficult to follow Oh well, I read it for my book club.


  5. Lucy Burdette Lucy Burdette says:

    Set in a fictional town on the shore of Lake Superior, SOUTH OF SUPERIOR tracks the arrival of Madeline Stone into a closely knit community marked by intense winters and the struggle for survival As Madeline discovers the truth about her roots, she also finds the person she was meant to be and the community she was meant to be part of Loved the setting and the crusty characters


  6. Julie Durnell Julie Durnell says:

    This was a terrific and well written debut novel A book that you don t want to race through but letting the complicated relationships take time to develop as you gently fall in love with a small town in Michigan on Lake Superior.


  7. Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day) Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day) says:

    When Madeline Stone is requested by her late grandfather s girlfriend, Gladys, to move in with them to look after Gladys sister, Arbutus, she decides to take up the offer Feeling disillusioned with her current life in Chicago and no longer feeling any love for her fiance, she welcomes the change brought on by moving to a town near the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan, even though her grandfather had abandoned her as a child In her new life, she relishes looking after Arbutus but strangely G When Madeline Stone is requested by her late grandfather s girlfriend, Gladys, to move in with them to look after Gladys sister, Arbutus, she decides to take up the offer Feeling disillusioned with her current life in Chicago and no longer feeling any love for her fiance, she welcomes the change brought on by moving to a town near the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan, even though her grandfather had abandoned her as a child In her new life, she relishes looking after Arbutus but strangely Gladys is occasionally very hostile with her She yearns to learnabout her family, which has its origins in that town, but Gladys isn t yet ready to get intimate with Madeline Over time, she begins to connect with other residents and begins to transform from being a big city girl to a small town one South of Superior was a delightful summery read about people and their relationships in a small town that was as much a primary character of this book as the people were There is a whole potpourri of characters that lend plenty of vibrancy to this novel as Madeline tries to connect with the town at a deeper level The two sisters Gladys and Arbutus are octogenarians, who find that in spite of their old age, bureaucracy can be very rude declining their loan applications or demanding on time payments on all bills Another principal character, limping Paul Garceau, keeps two jobs so that he can pay the tons of bills that he gets every day His handicap is a matter of unresolved internal crisis that still plagues him many years later In addition, there are several minor characters who know each other very well in this small town Most of the story is told from Madeline s perspective occasionally Gladys, Paul, and a few minor characters weave in their narrations as well While I found this gave a holistic view of the characters, their feelings and murky situations, I found it jarring occasionally, since there didn t appear to be much of a system in the narration shift.I found Madeline Stone much of a mystery initially She appeared to me to be a character who was being fleshed out as I turned page after page, rather than having a strong persona from the very start Not that it s a bad thing, since it made me curious to know whether she ll turn out to be likable But that just made me take a long time to appreciate her either way Eventually, I began to identify with her completely Her desire to help the sisters and her indignation on behalf of those having troubles was so easy to relate to Gladys, on the other hand, sounded wonderful on page one when she asks for Madeline s help, and after that, it was as if a different person took up residence in her body I found her very unreasonable, as she appeared very disapproving of Madeline most of the time Even in spite of her old age and set mannerisms, she didn t have much consideration for Madeline and her willingness to work hard South of Superior is a breezy fast read I was occasionally surprised to see that I had read quite a lot in a short while For a 350 page book, that s always a plus I did have some trouble getting into this book initially The writing wasn t magical and that was what mostly turned me off There were quite a few repetitions and sometimes too many phrases stitched together into a sentence It took me about a 100 pages to actually want to readof it.While the book is primarily about relationships, it is also about the many problems the residents of a small rustic town face, in light of zoning and urbanization plans Several things happen that disrupt their lives the new owners of a grocery store cut their regular customers off their credit because of outstanding bills, the council s plans to modernize the town mean having to relocate some of those who have been living on their own properties for decades It also shows how money, or the lack of it, is usually at the crux of many problems, contrary to what the optimists say that money isn t everything Coincidentally, many of the characters run into monetary troubles quite so suddenly There is every hint that the problems have been around for a while and they just accelerated due to certain circumstances, but I did found it very shaky Still, I liked how the author covered this aspect.Overall, this was a quick delightful read about life in a small town It is also about finding and accepting your roots however embarrassed or disappointed you are of it This element was touched many times through several characters how you should not be held ransom to your past It is also about not clinging to the past just because it happened Someday you wake up in a situation that demands a different action I found this a very interesting thought because I, like many others, tend to be very sentimental about the past and sometimes hesitate to move on Even though this book didn t quite impress me much, I loved the topics that were explored in it and am glad that I didn t give up on it


  8. Tessa in North Florida Tessa in North Florida says:

    A pleasant surprise a book that isn t from any of my favorite genres, and I still really liked it South of Superior is set in the fictional UP town of McAllaster, along Superior s shore Knowing that the author lives in Grand Marais and runs the charming West Bay Diner gives the bookcredibility and really reinforces the authenticity The premise of the story is a little far fetched, that a Chicago woman would agree to come north to care for an older woman she never met and isn t related A pleasant surprise a book that isn t from any of my favorite genres, and I still really liked it South of Superior is set in the fictional UP town of McAllaster, along Superior s shore Knowing that the author lives in Grand Marais and runs the charming West Bay Diner gives the bookcredibility and really reinforces the authenticity The premise of the story is a little far fetched, that a Chicago woman would agree to come north to care for an older woman she never met and isn t related to, but I ve known people to do stranger things with less reason Once you get past that, the transplanted Madeline discovers the charms of small towns and gorgeous northern Michigan Enter the characters Madeline meets Gladys and Arbutus, the women she will live with, before she leaves Chicago Arbutus, or Butte, is a sweet, cheerful lady who needs someone with her to help her get up and down Gladys invited Madeline to come up north, thinking it an opportunity to make up for the guilt of years when her companion, Joe, ignored his grandaughter Madeline But Gladys is prickly As Madeline settles in to McAllaster, she realizes that Gladys is not going to be chatty about the past and the family history Ah, well Then there s Mary Feather, the local fishmonger, among many other things She lives in a mashed together cabin with no mod cons or amenities and sells what she harvests from the wild Old Emil lives in a stinky cabin with his dog and chops wood, mostly The Bensons run the modern grocery and try to run off the locals by cutting off their credit Randi had a baby at age 17, and now she leaves young Greyson wherever while she goes off to take care of something Paul runs the local pizzeria and works in the prison kitchen mornings They mostly care for each other, that shows And everyone loves the Lake the description of winter storms is worth the book, if nothing else This book reinforces my wish to see Lake Superior in winter What a nice new addition to Michigan books Tessa J Eger 4 out of 5 stars


  9. Book Concierge Book Concierge says:

    Madeline Stone receives a letter from her late grandfather s girlfriend Gladys offering her a job as a caregiver She is at loose ends since her surrogate mother, Emily, passed away Madeline had been abandoned in Chicago as a toddler and Emily had taken her in and raised her as her own daughter But Madeline has always felt alone and unwanted because her own grandfather, Joe, turned his back on his daughter and granddaughter after they left town Gladys, however, has tried to stay in touch and Madeline Stone receives a letter from her late grandfather s girlfriend Gladys offering her a job as a caregiver She is at loose ends since her surrogate mother, Emily, passed away Madeline had been abandoned in Chicago as a toddler and Emily had taken her in and raised her as her own daughter But Madeline has always felt alone and unwanted because her own grandfather, Joe, turned his back on his daughter and granddaughter after they left town Gladys, however, has tried to stay in touch and knows that Madeline cared for Emily through her long battle with cancer Now Gladys and her sister need someone to help them as Arbutus recovers from a fall In a spur of the moment decision Madeline quits her waitressing job, breaks her engagement to Richard, packs her meager belongings, and heads five hundred miles north to a small town on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan s Upper Peninsula, to maybe fix what was broken in her, if anything could If that paragraph sounds incoherent and vague, well that s how I felt about this entire book I m struggling with what to say about it It s not terrible, but it s far from good The dust jacket promises A rich debut novel that celebrates taking joy in the simple things, and the deep reward that comes from caring for others The characters and the setting are so real and heart felt that you will be drawn immediately into their worldI didn t get any sense of joy or deep reward As for the characters I got really tired of the irascible Gladys, the sweet Arbutus, the confused Madeline, the stoic Paul, etc I heard about this book from a website I frequently use for ideas on what to read next I like books that deal with personal journeys I knew this wouldn t be great literature but was hoping to find a heart warming story I was disappointed If it hadn t fulfilled a challenge, I would not have finished it


  10. Karen Skinner Karen Skinner says:

    This book was a delightful suprise I am one of those people that sometimes wrongly judge a book by it s cover, and this cover design was not at ALL indicative of the complexities of the story within In fact, after reading the whole book I still have no idea where in the world the cover design came from I m glad I overcame my initial skepticism and bought the book This is Airgood s first novel and I will be watching forI am attracted to stories of women who have had it a little tough This book was a delightful suprise I am one of those people that sometimes wrongly judge a book by it s cover, and this cover design was not at ALL indicative of the complexities of the story within In fact, after reading the whole book I still have no idea where in the world the cover design came from I m glad I overcame my initial skepticism and bought the book This is Airgood s first novel and I will be watching forI am attracted to stories of women who have had it a little tough and still choose the hard but interesting route to the rest of their lives The setting,in Michigan s upper penninsula was attractive to me because even though it is in a neighboring state it is in the nether reaches of that state, a place I have gotten close to, but never close enough Who knew, that right around the corner, the climate and the terrain can still present the challenges we associate with days gone by Madeline Stone, in her thirties, living in Chicago and engaged to be married, leaves her old life behind to travel to the upper penninsula and care for elderly almost relatives that just may hold the key to her past I don t generally read mysteries but I do like a story with a little mystery in it, especially if it has to do with missing parents We all have a fundamental need to know where we came from, and Madeleine s heritage in revealed to her bit by bit as she learns to love the tough, cranky woman who was her grandfather s lover, and as she takes over the running of an old, falling apart inn at the same time she sort of inherits a young boy Yes, it s complicated oh, and there is a new love for Medeline, too but none of it comes easy


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