Friday, August 11, 2017

A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt

Abby has returned to the small village she grew up with a child.  She was hoping for marriage with her boyfriend but he was killed in an accident and his parents didn't even tell her.  She left school and tried to leave the pain behind.  Now she's living with her grandmother and helping her run a small cafe.  Life was settling down and so was she.  Then when her grandmother meets her at the door and tells her that her mother's there, her life shatters again...

Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

Her mother left her when she was two.  She ran away from the small village and made her way in the big bad world outside.  Abby could never understand why.  Her mother only came back a few times.  Why would she be back now?

Laura is back because she's become  "too old" for her hostess job at the night club.  They want younger blood.  She also back because she doesn't know her own child and she wants to make amends with her mother.  As they all dance around each other, none of them wanting to be hurt again, another tragedy happens.  Grandma dies.

Now it's just the two of them and Abby is so wary of Laura, it will hard to build trust.  Especially when Laura won't tell her who her father is.

As they work together, they do find some common ground.  Noah, Abby's son, helps bridge the gap.  And eventually the truth comes out.  There's also hope for the future.  Discussing the past honestly and then setting it aside is a smart thing to do.  I see Laura and Abby growing closer in the years ahead.

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