Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Amy's Review: Motherline by Lisa Rosen


About the book:
You know those days in a family--weddings, funerals, births--when everyone comes together and all that history and garbage fester and boil and sometimes explode?

Well, this is one of those days. Maggie is in labor.

When the first contractions ripple across her belly, she has no idea what to expect. She knows what she wants. She wants that perfect birth from the movies, with her family gathered around, welcoming her baby, helping her become the perfect mother. 

More than anything, though, she wants her mother to be there for her, but relationships between mothers and daughters are often complicated. 

Her husband Sam would do anything for Maggie, but as their families converge on the hospital for this birth, he can't keep the craziness at bay. 

Through a series of flashbacks, as well as events in the labor room, Maggie digs more deeply into her painful past. Memories bubble to the surface, forcing her to re-examine the tragic accident that killed her baby brother. Relationships between mothers and daughters are often complicated. But in order to learn what it means to be a mother, Maggie finally has to face her own mother, and find a way to both forgive and be forgiven.

This book “hooked” me in the first chapter and I had a very hard time putting it down. 
Maggie and Sam are about to embark into the world of Parenthood.  Maggie is already overdue and is worried about what to expect when going into labor, will labor hurt, will she screw up being a mother, etc. 

Maggie is very close with her 93 year old grandma,Yaya, and can’t wait for her baby to meet her.  The thing worried Maggie most was the strained relationship she had with her mother, Katherine.  She stops at her mother's house one day.  She is there to pick up some rose bushes and get a note her mother wrote stating she is putting the house up for sale.  All Maggie wants is to have her mother in the delivery room with her to share in this special day and to be excited to become a grandmother.  This complex story line had me so engaged.

I felt very sorry for Maggie while reading this book.  All Maggie wants is a “normal” family.  This books is one all mothers and daughters would enjoy. 

The author hit on some tough subjects of love, acceptance and forgiveness.  I give Motherline a 5 star rating.

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