What it means to truly forgive someone you love.
A MOTHER LIKE MINE (Berkley) by Kate Hewitt is the third book in a series, but it stands alone if you haven’t read the other two. It’s an emotional journey of healing, forgiveness and new beginnings, within four generations of one family.
After her fiancé dies, Abby Rhodes returns with her five year-old son, Noah, to live with her grandmother, Mary. Mary is ailing with heart problems and Abby plans to help her run their little town of Hartley-on-the-Sea’s, beach café.
One evening, Abby’s mother, Laura shows up after being away for twenty years. She left Abby when she was two, to be raised by her grandmother and communication has been spotty, at best. She announces she plans on staying, focusing on the future and doesn’t want to revisit the painful past.
Laura Rhodes has made a lot of mistakes in her life (ya think?). As she spends more time with her mother, daughter and grandson, Laura begins to wakeup to the depth of the hurt her selfish abandonment caused.
Abby and Laura begin to take tentative steps toward each other, but then tragedy strikes and life becomes even more complicated. They will now discover truths, both sad and hopeful that will slowly bring them together and to some level of forgiveness.
Kate Hewitt’s writing is beautiful and I got to know her characters well. I appreciate how Laura and Abby’s journey toward forgiveness is portrayed, but I can’t help but feel as if Abby’s entitled to caution, perhaps even some resentment. I also can see how she would want Noah to have a grandmother in Laura, but perhaps over time they’d come to an understanding that I as the reader, understand. I personally have problems with stories of mothers abandoning their children and then coming back as if everything is “going to be a cabaret.” I would think part four may have been perfect for their reconciliation. But that is just me, one reader’s opinion.
Kate Hewitt is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea novels Rainy Day Sisters and Now and Then Friends, and more recently, the Willoughby Close series. A former New Yorker, she now lives in Wales with her husband five children. She also writes as Katharine Swartz.
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