Between a Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth NobleI really wish I could give 4.5 stars. 4 was just not high enough, but this wasnt quite a 5 star book for me
This is a beautiful, emotional journey through the lives of the Barrett family. And how a horrendously tragic event in 2004 changed their lives forever.
We are also introduced to Kate, and for a while her story runs parallel, but in no way linked to the Barretts.
The book is written in third person, with the PoV switching between all the main characters seamlessly. I have to admire the writer for her skill in doing this so incredibly well, at no time was I confused or lost amongst the characters.
This is not a book of twists and turns and high drama, although there are back story developments that help you to understand the characters more deeply, some of which I didnt see coming.
Its a book that is tinged with sadness throughout, but as the pages keep turning, there develops a feeling of hope, of new beginnings.
I believed in the characters, and I liked them all. Not because they were perfect, but because they were real. And the relationship between sisters Maggie and Liv reminded me in many ways of my relationship with my sister.
I have only knocked off one star (half really) because the ending was a little too tidy for me. I am not proud of myself for doing this, and I dont want to give too much away about how the book ends, but needless to say, I have discovered a layer of cynicism in me that I didnt know existed
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a story about relationships and families and the web of fine threads that hold everything together. Its not a fast paced psychological thriller, its not a book about distant war torn lands. Its a book about how tragedy and normal life can come crashing together - and how a family deal with the fallout.
Between A Mother & Her Child
It has her hallmark ingredients of attractive characters facing believable emotional dilemmas and insights into bereavement, sibling relationships and marriage break-up. Maggie and Bill were married while still in their teens, with Maggie forsaking Australia to live with Bill in England. When their eldest son Jake dies in his gap year their relationship cracks. Coping with the special needs of their youngest child Stan is a shared project, providing Maggie and Bill with a rare unity. Noble paints a convincing and acute picture of the isolation and even the selfishness of loss.
In a compulsively readable book, Maggie and Bill first meet as teenagers in Australia. He, British, is on his gap year. She, a native Aussie, is a brilliant young swimmer tipped to be a champion athlete for her country. It is love at first sight. She marries Bill and relocates to London, abandoning her burgeoning sporting career.
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Elizabeth Noble, the No. For Maggie and Bill it was love at first sight. One impulsive wedding later and with the arrival of three perfect children, Jake, Aly and Stan, the Barrett family seem to have it all. Until the day their world stops turning. When Jake dies suddenly, they're swept away on a tide of grief that fractures Maggie and Bill's marriage.