Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: A Song for My Mother - A Dreyerville novel
Author: Kat Martin
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Dreyerville MI
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Kat's Website/Blog: katbooks.com
Her decision to return to Dreyerville after a twelve year absence will change her life as well as a handful of othersÖ
Marly ran years ago. Her father was abusive and her mother refused to leave. Something sheís never forgiven her mother for. Now, however, her daughter Katie, who is recovering from treatments for brain cancer, desires to meet her grandmother. No matter how difficult or painful, Marly canít deny her daughterís request.
The plan is to allow Katie and her mother time to get to know each other. Itís a bonus that Katie makes a new friend, Ham. It wasnít in the plan to date or become attracted to Sheriff (and neighbor) Reed Bennett, father of Ham.
Unfortunately Marlyís experiences with men and the bitterness she feels about her mother color her views of relationships; she doesnít know if sheíll ever be able to feel any differently. Itís going to take something bigger than herself, bigger than her hurt and anger to get her to see and feel things from a different perspective.
A Song for My Mother is a touching melody. Itís full of heartfelt and hopeful refrains. Maryís feeling and how her past shaped the woman she became, confident yet guarded, are relatable to the reader.
It was a pleasure to revisit Dreyerville; the small town community where one can actually go home again.
One of Ms. Martinís talents is the way she weaves what may be the heartís fears and far-reaching desires with lifeís knocks and lessons and turns it into something lovely.
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