Review of Mothers and DaughtersBy Rae Meadows
About The Book:Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter’s skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she’s lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.
When a box of Iris’s belongings arrives on Sam’s doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet’s real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?
In confronting secrets from her family’s past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.
Review by Lynda:This novel which spans an inter-generational story is warm, revealing, and poignant. Three generations, three diverse circumstances, three women, each struggling to rise above the uncertainties and tragedies of life. From an orphan train in New York, to the death bed of a cancer victim, to the emotional journey of a young mother and caregiver--this story delves deeply into the realm of 'motherhood'. Told with an insightful touch by the author, Rae Meadows, Mothers and Daughters is a story worth reading. It would be a great selection for a reading group and I think it would span the distance between adult and YA (14-18) reading preferences.