A Mother Like Mine: Hartley-By-The Sea No. 3. Kate Hewitt. Penguin Publishing Group/Berkley. August 2017. 384 pp. ISBN #: 9780399583797.
Abby Rhodes, now a widow, and her 5-year-old son, Noah, have returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea and remained for two years now. She’s just about taken over running the café on the beach as her grandmother Mary has recently had a heart attack and is not well at all. Imagine their surprise when a knock on the door reveals that Abby’s mother, Laura, has now returned and plans on staying indefinitely. Laura was, as far as Abby is concerned, an absentee mother for as long as Abby can remember!
This is the story of their reunion and attempt to resolve pain from the past, an opportunity to reshape the future as a family. Sounds lovely as an idea, but it’s a difficult labyrinth to travel. No one knows how it will all end!
Abby lives in a constant tension of feeling anger and hurt at her mother’s failure as a mother and a mature attitude and effort to put it behind her. Giving her mother a second chance is a tall order, but Mary begs her repeatedly to try. Noah, as a child and grandchild, is innocent about it all and he is the glue that keeps the whole quagmire from exploding and decimating the family again.
As the story progresses, Abby and Laura discover that each carries an unknown story with elements that were unpredictable, causing choices that may or may not have been best for all involved.
Eventually a great loss and a surprising revelation will change their lives forever. This is a story of love with all its messy and wonderful moments, a healing journey that forges a new relationship to last forever!
Fine, fine story that is a tense, poignant but lovely read!!!! Highly recommended!