Bookshelves: Adult, Memoir
Rating: 4 of 5 stars (It was good)
Recommended Age: Adult
Language, Drinking, Minor Romance
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an enjoyable memoir focusing on mother-daughter relationships and mothers as a whole. I really enjoyed this book. I liked how her views on motherhood really changed while she was in Australia. I really loved seeing how her small part in the Tanners family really changed her views into motherhood and family life. To me, the Tanners was really the best part of the book. I was somewhat disappointed to see that even though inside she had changed the way she thought about mothers, particularly hers, she still didn't really change their relationship much after that. I guess that's the stuff of fiction though. I liked how even though she and her mother didn't see eye to eye on a lot she still needed her when things got hard. It was good to see how she saw another side of her mother through their working together. The flashbacks and links of her own life to her current situation with the Tanners were done well. As a mother and daughter I enjoyed seeing another viewpoint on mothers and how perceptions can be altered through experiences or lack of them. I really liked how she tied in Evan's explanation of chess (as the queen being able to move anywhere and was the most important piece and without her, you were lost) to the role of a mother. This book was pleasantly deeper than I was expecting. There is some language, drinking and some minor romance.