Mothers and Daughters written by Erica James is a family drama about relationships, love, life, and the lengths a mother would go to keep a secret to protect her daughters.
Naomi, 63 years young, lives in a large wonderful house with a beautiful garden close to the sea. It has been the family home for all of her marriage to her husband Colin.
It is now two years since Colin died. Their marriage wasn’t perfect and there were things that happened behind closed doors that Naomi was sure no one knew about. Well, she hopes no one knows about!
As Naomi rebuilds her life, she finds that she is very happy and enjoying the freedom to make her own choices.
There is a new tenant in the cottage next door. It turns out to be an old friend from her university days. Ellis is now a widower. Naomi and Ellis do have history.
It seems that the time is right for them to continue their friendship, and maybe they will have a chance to have a future together.
But, Naomi worries about how she will explain her relationship with Ellis to her two daughters.
Naomi’s eldest daughter, Martha, is married to Tom. Martha is sensible, a high achiever, bossy and likes to take charge. In fact, she is very much like her father.
Martha is struggling to accept that motherhood hasn’t happened for her at the very moment she planned. Although she does have plans for her mother to sell the family home, downsize and move closer to her in readiness for babysitting.
Willow is Naomi’s youngest daughter. She is the opposite of her sister. Willow is empathetic, and a good listener. She has a sunny and easy-going nature and drifts through life. She is aware of how much she frustrated her father.
Willow has introduced her new boyfriend, Rick, to her family, who approve of him immediately. To them, he will be perfect for Willow.
Willow finds he is perfect, at least in the beginning, but he has secrets too. Willow has her own secrets that she should have shared with her family.
To protect her daughters Naomi has kept her own secrets, but she now realises that by keeping quiet, it didn’t really protect her daughters at all.
The time has come for Naomi to be truthful.
As the three women deal with the present and the past, they each are all able to move on and be their own person in their own right.
This is a great story. The book is easy to read. The characters are lovely and very easy to relate to. There are lots of happy times, but also sad times. It is lovely to see all their relationships move forward once the truth is told. The topic of manipulation and abuse in relationships is dealt with in a relatable and sensitive way.
Thank you to Harper Collins and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this wonderful story.
Copy courtesy of Harper Collins
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