Between a Mother and Her Child
By Elizabeth Noble
(Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425267936, 435pp.)
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
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Twenty years after their impulsive marriage, Maggie and Bill Barrett are happily settled into the quiet comfort of their dream home with their three beautiful children. Then, the day after Christmas 2004, their world is shattered apart.
Feeling isolated, Bill leaves to try to discover peace on his own. Maggie shuts down, incapable of connecting with her children or even sleeping most nights. Getting by in a daze, she has no idea how to begin picking up the pieces of their lives.
Enter Kate: a woman who placed an ad in the paper to be a housekeeper and companion to a family. Kate has secrets and sorrows of her own, but her gentle caring has an immediate effect on the children--and on Maggie herself. When Bill announces that he's fallen for another woman, Maggie realizes that she will have to fight to put her family back together. But after all they've been through, can anything truly fix their broken ties?
- Throughout Between a Mother and Her Child, the issue of “fixing” others often comes up; Olivia is determined to fix Maggie, Aly wants to fix Ryan, and Bill is attracted to Carrie because he can help her. Can you think of any other instances where one character tries to heal another? How do each of these experiences work out for both the fixer and the fixee? Is it helpful for both, or does it harm one?
"How does a family travel the most painful journey imaginable? In this poignant story of rebirth and abiding family love, Elizabeth Noble gently takes us down a path of friendship, understanding and compassion. Her beautifully drawn characters are as tender and big-hearted as they are unforgettable."--Diane Chamberlain, author of Necessary Lies
“An intense, emotional exploration of the devastating effects of grief on a family . . . Noble unfailingly creates beautifully drawn characters you can’t help but love, inhabiting a tightly plotted narrative that will keep you gripped from start to finish.”—Daily Mail Online
“Elizabeth Noble has made a name for herself writing tear-jerking blockbusters, and her fans won’t be disappointed by her latest offering. . . Noble paints a convincing and acute picture of the isolation and even the selfishness of loss.”—Express Online (UK)
“A remarkable narrative that will captivate and ensnare the reader, while fully engaging the emotions. . . A delicate and well-executed treatise that will have the reader utterly transfixed by the characters and their emotional journeys.”—Sunshine Coast Daily