Saturday, September 1, 2012

{Glass Road Blog Tour} Mother of Pearl by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as the high school counselor in her close-knit community. Without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out.

Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when her attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail and Pearl shuts her out . . . or when she discovers the unthinkable about her nemesis, the football coach.

Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, MOTHER OF PEARL brings us into the heart of a mother bound by an incredible burden, who ultimately finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger.

My thoughts...

There's nothing like a mother's love and Kellie has given us a peak into the grief a mother suffers in losing a child. This one was hard to read, especially the parts where the parents, Barrie and Steve, are at the mortuary and graveside of their daughter, Pearl. After the service when the family is trying to go on with their lives is just heartbreaking.

Barrie almost sinks to depths where she couldn't come back. Steve buries himself in work and their son feels guilt because he doesn't think his sister knew he loved her. Then they learn something that will change their lives as well as everyone in the community. I don't know if I could've done what Barrie did in putting her daughter's mistakes as well as the entire family's out there for the world to see.

A very well written debut novel, I look forward to more from this author. 5 out of 5 stars!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.