The Astonishing Thing by Sandi Ward


Welcome to my blog.

Thanks, Kari! The Kensington Books community—and romance writers in particular—have been amazing about helping me get the word out about my new novel. I appreciate it!

 What is your book about?

 The Astonishing Thing is the story of a troubled family and broken marriage, seen through the eyes of a cat named Boo. One day, the human mother of the family goes out and doesn’t return, and Boo is crushed. She’s determined to figure out what happened to her mother. She is very surprised to find out the truth.

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Is there romance in your novel?

 Absolutely! I love writing romantic scenes. Boo gets to see humans being romantic first-hand, because most people don’t kick their pets out of the room when they’re having a private conversation. Pets witness everything—the good and the bad. Boo knows when two people are truly devoted and in love, by their actions as well as their words.

What is your favorite love story novel?

 That’s an impossible question to answer—there are so many great books out there! One that’s stuck with me is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It was a wonderful love story—sad, of course, but when I finished the book I felt uplifted at the same time.


In her inventive, sometimes bittersweet, ultimately uplifting debut, Sandi Ward draws readers into one extraordinary cat’s quest to make sense of her world, illuminating the limits and mysterious depths of love.

Wonderfully tender and insightful, THE ASTONISHING THING explores the intricacies of marriage and family through an unforgettable perspective at the center of it all.

“A unique and poignant tale of a family’s struggle as witnessed by someone who sees everything…a triumphant debut for Sandi Ward.”

— Helen Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Cleo



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Sandi Ward grew up in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts. She attended Tufts University, and received her MA in Creative Writing at New York University, where she studied with E.L. Doctorow. She now lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, teenagers, dog and a big black cat named Winnie. Sandi is a medical writer at an ad agency in New Jersey, specializing in psychiatry and pain management.

Her first novel for Kensington Books is titled THE ASTONISHING THING, and it is available October 31, 2017. Her second novel is titled SOMETHING WORTH SAVING, available November 2018.


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About kari lemor

Author of contemporary and romantic suspense. Love on the Line series now available from Kensington Publishing. Storms of New England series available now from The Wild Rose Press.
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