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Hello my friend! I just finished reading Mother Love by Elizabeth Brown, and let me tell you it was a roller coaster of emotions! (On Sale October 29, 2019)
*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this eBook for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Below you will find the description of the book from NetGalley, followed by my review and star rating. Thanks for reading. ♥️
From NetGalley :
When a mother’s life is haunted by a family secret her children can never discover, is her love a blessing or a curse?
Margaret is weighed down by the burden of a secret about her family’s history. Her three children each learn different ways of dealing with her regular flares of anger as they grow to adulthood and forge their own paths.
Caroline, the peace-maker, becomes a wife and mother, gaining eventual contentment and stability with her second husband. Detached and independent, Matthew pursues a successful career in botany, surrounding himself with friends and family on his organic smallholding. Chloe, a skilled violinist and her mother’s adored favourite, cannot escape Margaret’s cloying influence and struggles to stay afloat as her life spirals into mayhem.
As Margaret’s behaviour becomes ever more worrying and bizarre, the dramas that have defined her life become increasingly pronounced. Eventually she is detained under the Mental Health Act. Her secret is safe, but at what cost?
My Review :
So, I took a lot of notes while reading this book and quite a few of them are fairly similar. “Margaret is selfish.” “Margaret is a narcissist.” “Margaret is a hypocrite.”
You get the idea.
I ended up sympathizing with her in the end, but she didn’t make a very nice character. I thought that the way she handled her life was very childish.
Her 3 children each dealt with her demeanor in their own ways. Caroline and Matthew ended up fairly stable, while Chloe never could quite make it on her own. I thought that was sad.
Honestly, until the very end of the story, based on all the allegations that Margaret repeatedly tried to pin on the men in her life…I thought she had been lying about what happened to her. I’m still not 100% convinced it happened, but there is a little glimmer of hope.
This book was fun to read because of the way that it was told. Each chapter was laid out in a way to keep it interesting throughout, and I really appreciated that.
I would recommend this book.