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Mothers and Daughters: From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes the most captivating new family drama of 2022

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I don't want to give the story away, but such a hoo hah because mother had found love and with such a convenient ending. With thanks to HQ Digital and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There are things Naomi has kept from her girls, like the fact that her marriage to their father wasn't quite what it seemed.

It's a story about family relationships, mostly those between mother and daughters and the different personalities they have. Relationships that appear to be wonderful on the outside can be very dark and damaging behind closed doors and keeping up cheery appearances when the one thing you long for isn’t happening can be exhausting. Although the POV’s weren’t clearly labelled, it didn’t take me long to figure out who each chapter was dedicated to.Also, you wouldn’t find out the sex at the first scan – they offer gender scans from about 16 weeks but the NHS will offer to tell you the gender scan at 20 weeks. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for giving me an e-book copy of this novel for a review. Family, sibling rivalry, fertility, infidelity, domestic violence, narcissism and finding happiness were a few of the subjects which were intertwined throughout the story.

Partially set in the summer of 1981 when Prince Charles and Lady Diana are about to marry, Libby discovers her fiancé has been cheating on her. I liked James’ story-telling, exploring the connections between three women that goes beyond just being mother and daughter. The cover was the first thing which made me want to read it and it is the perfect introduction to the beautiful story. Ms James doesn’t use stereotypes, there are no wicked people or femme fatales which is so refreshing. Biography: Erica James is the author of twenty-three internationally bestselling novels, with recent Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers including Swallowtail Summer, Coming Home to Island House and, most recently the hardback bestseller, Letters from the Past.We get to meet Naomi and her daughters Martha and Willow, this is a moving and emotional story and so beautifully told. Generational stories are always a winner for me – I love the exploration of family dynamics, and the focus it puts on characters, especially when I can fully empathise with them. I received a copy of Mothers and Daughters from NetGalley and Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review, this is the first book I have read by Erica James, and it won’t be my last and five stars from me.

However, the story then gets a little contrived with a rather irritatingly simple solution that feels too easy. This disparity between the siblings is reflected in their terse relationship, made even more strained when their mother reveals some secrets of her own. Her two adult daughters Martha, who is determined, bossy, organised to the nth degree and her father’s favourite and then there is Willow. The characters were all well-drawn and most were very relatable and likeable, though a few were not, however, they all had a valuable contribution to make to the story.It sends some significant messages to readers about acceptance of life choices and I appreciate this moral message that James is trying to convey. Her relationship with an old flame and her daughters relationships with their respective partners but not all is warm and cosy. At the same time, the situations rang true to life and I could imagine my sisters, or my daughters reacting similarly. Willow is sweet but had always been considered to be lacking in many areas by her recently dead father Colin and sister Martha. The real drama begins when we discover that Naomi, in her middle sixties, has met a man, Ellis, and is having a serious relationship with him.

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