So, you may know that I'm writing a book. A good one, I hope. Anyway, I've been working on this novel for over a year now, and I'm allllmost nearing the finish. It's very exciting, and a very fulfilling feeling to be so close to completing something I've invested so much of myself into!
But anyway, that's not what I'm talking about right now. This morning I was on Goodreads, and I noticed an add for a new book that's just come out -- Go Away Home. The title intrigued me, and I LOVED the cover, so I clicked on it and read the synopsis. And then I gasped because....
People, this is MY story. Not exactly, of course; but it's pretty darn close.
Okay, here's the synopsis:
For an Iowa farm girl in 1913, Liddie Treadway has big dreams. She yearns to move to town, learn a trade, and live on her own. With encouragement from career-minded Aunt Kate, her goals seem within reach—until her unmarried sister is sent away for becoming pregnant and her father dies in a tragic accident. Now the family needs Liddie more than ever, and she’s certain she’ll be trapped on the farm for good.
The Treadways’ hired man, Joe Bauer, has dreams of his own: to marry and settle down. So when a woman he’s been courting breaks his heart, he leaves Iowa to start over, just as Liddie finally gets her chance to take a seamstress apprenticeship in town…
Though they’re separated by miles, Liddie’s friendship with Joe grows as they write to each other about their new lives. But when Joe returns, will Liddie have to choose between worldly independence and the conventional path of love and family? Or can she have it all?
What?! No! I read through that and just sat there for a minute catching fruit flies in my mouth. It's so close to the premise of my novel. I have a young farm girl with big dreams of moving to a city and being rich. I have a career-minded Aunt who heavily influences her. The themes presented here are so similar to mine: 'worldly independence', the 'conventional path of love and family'? Um, Mrs. Bodensteiner? excuse me, ma'am, but have you been rifling through my desk when I wasn't looking????
Now, it's not exactly the same. In my novel, Addie's father doesn't die and her sister isn't sent away for becoming pregnant. But still. I was pretty taken aback by how similar this book looks to what I'm writing. Now I really want to get my hands on a copy and read it -- because it does look super good. And I want to know just HOW close to my story it is. Because if there's anything else besides what's in the synopsis, that'd make me mad.
Writer friends, has this ever happened to you?