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Between a Mother and her Child [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Noble
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The love of a family is stronger than even the greatest tragedy . . .

Twenty years after their impulsive marriage, Maggie and Bill Barrett are happily settled into the quiet comfort of their dream home with their three beautiful children. Then, the day after Christmas 2004, their world is shattered apart.

Feeling isolated, Bill leaves to try to discover peace on his own. Maggie shuts down, incapable of connecting with her children or even sleeping most nights. Getting by in a daze, she has no idea how to begin picking up the pieces of their lives.

Enter Kate: a woman who placed an ad in the paper to be a housekeeper and companion to a family. Kate has secrets and sorrows of her own, but her gentle caring has an immediate effect on the children—and on Maggie herself. When Bill announces that he’s fallen for another woman, Maggie realizes that she will have to fight to put her family back together. But after all they’ve been through, can anything truly fix their broken ties?

Editorial Reviews

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Maggie Barrett can’t sleep, so she cleans. Her house is spotless since her husband, Bill, moved out and moved on with someone new. Her teenage daughter, Aly, and young son, Stan, seem better able to cope with the death of the Barretts’ oldest child, Jake—or are they? Meanwhile, Kate Miller’s life has been all shades of gray since the death of her husband. Maggie’s sister, visiting from Australia, answers Kate’s unusual ad for a sort-of-housekeeping position. Kate becomes a rent-a-granny for Stan, then a trusted friend to Maggie and Aly, who is dealing with more than just A-levels. But it’s not quite Mary Poppins, for Kate has a secret grief of her own. Though Noble piles on plot twists (good grief, the women in this book are fertile), none of it feels contrived—just the normal things, both crappy and wonderful, that happen in life when things change. Realistic but not maudlin (Stan’s ebullient energy helps), this is a moving portrait of family love and the many unexpected shapes it takes. A best-seller in the UK and a sure bet for women’s-fiction readers here. --Susan Maguire


"How does a family travel the most painful journey imaginable? In this poignant story of rebirth and abiding family love, Elizabeth Noble gently  takes us down a path of friendship, understanding and compassion. Her beautifully drawn characters are as tender and big-hearted as they are unforgettable."--Diane Chamberlain, author of Necessary Lies

“An intense, emotional exploration of the devastating effects of grief on a family . . . Noble unfailingly creates beautifully drawn characters you can’t help but love, inhabiting a tightly plotted narrative that will keep you gripped from start to finish.”—Daily Mail Online

“Elizabeth Noble has made a name for herself writing tear-jerking blockbusters, and her fans won’t be disappointed by her latest offering. . . Noble paints a convincing and acute picture of the isolation and even the selfishness of loss.”—Express Online (UK)

“A remarkable narrative that will captivate and ensnare the reader, while fully engaging the emotions. . . A delicate and well-executed treatise that will have the reader utterly transfixed by the characters and their emotional journeys.”—Sunshine Coast Daily

Product Details

  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425267938
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1N96UE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit soap operish March 6, 2013
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I expected this book to have a bit more depth. I liked it, but it was all a bit soap operish for my liking. An easy and quick read though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Optimistic and heartwarming, but somewhat bland September 16, 2013
There are natural disasters so horrifying that they dominate the airways 24/7, high-jacking our consciousness and our everyday discourse. The 2004 tsunami was one such event. Yet in time, for most of us, inevitably if heartlessly, the terrible images faded and more mundane, immediate concerns again took precedence.

But what if the nightmare were to continue? BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILD is about a London family shorn of its oldest son, leaving some of its members frozen in shock and grief, unable to mourn and move on.

It is nearly two years after the tsunami when the novel opens, and the Barretts are still reeling from the death of 18-year-old Jake, who was traveling in Thailand when the wave hit. Bill moved out a year ago, an amicable separation; Maggie is all but sleepwalking through her days and nights, emotionally unreachable; their daughter, teenaged Aly, hides her pain beneath a good-student/good-daughter mask. Ten-year-old Stan is the only person whose life has actually improved in the past year. He suffers from dyslexia and dyspraxia (I was familiar with the first but not the second, a neurological disorder leading to coordination problems), and he is flourishing in a special-needs school rather than bullied and unhappy, as before, in a mainstream classroom.

Bill, meanwhile, has recently made a fresh start, embarking on a love affair with the widowed Carrie --- they met in a bereavement group --- and breaking the uncomfortable news to Maggie and the kids. He is torn, wanting to allow himself happiness yet determined to reassure his "old" family that he is not abandoning them. (May I just say that the title is awkward as well as slightly unfair to fathers?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grieving parents November 16, 2012
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As a bereaved mother, I could totally relate to the couple in the book. Their feelings and actions were so well-written that I felt that the author must have also suffered the death of a child. Although I cried often whilst reading this book, I wouldn't have missed doing so!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Between a Mother and her Child May 11, 2012
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I thought this was a thoughtful and well written book that was easy to read. A book for women that tugs at the heart strings. The characters had depth and sympathy was felt for all of them. While it wasn't a very happy book I enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different Kinds of Healing Love! September 7, 2013
There is no deeper love than that between a mother and child and there is no greater loss than that experienced by a parent who has lost that beloved child to death. The life of Maggie and Bill Barrett changed irrevocably the day their son, Jake who died in the tsunami of Indonesia in 2004. Bill chooses to grieve in a totally different way from Maggie, and their daughter Aly. But Maggie senses that Aly is drawing farther and farther away from her. Yes she excels in her school work and is planning to go to med school but she's like a taught spring ready to lash out and Maggie doesn't have a clue about Aly's grief and how she perceives the time since that momentous day that forever altered their lives.
Maggie asks Bill to leave and he begins to move on with his life which includes meeting a women with whom he is developing a loving relationship, different though it is from what Maggie and Bill once had. Maggie, on the other hand, relies totally on her emotional connection with her sister Livy or Liv, who lives in Australia and now on another anniversary of Jake's death visits Maggie in England. But Liv's life is about to change as she will soon marry Scott. She would do anything for her sister but can she be as available to Maggie's needs and should she be. And Aly will meet someone special too, a surprise to the reader, the outcome which is unique and very real!
Liv comes up with a potential solution that is also unique, placing an ad for a companion for Maggie. Kate seems to be the ideal person for this painful and burdened household, yet she has issues of her own that slowly become obvious due to Aly's curiosity and the action that flows from her need to know. This is a subplot that arrives at the perfect place in this poignant story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long and too wooden March 4, 2013
I was terribly disappointed by Between A Mother and Her Child after really enjoying a couple of the authors other books.
I have to agree that the book is far too long, with passages that just go on and on and on, yet don't actually seem to get anywhere and hardly add anything to the storyline. There is no doubt that underneath the pages of stilted conversation and analysis of every single emotion there is a great story line trying to get out. By the time the reader has been informed, yet again, of how X and Y are looking, feeling, talking,standing, the enthusiasm for the story has died.
The story flitted from one character to the next; Kate was introduced very early on in the story, quite randomly and then not mentioned again for ages. One paragraph would be about Kate, the next would be about Liv - with no flow, this only added to my frustration, and in the end, I'm afraid I had to give up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Spoilers: I love Elizabeth Noble but this book was hard to read. I thought the characters were great and developed and she definitely created emotion for the reader, because I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amy Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Read For a longtime.....
Such a great book...I haven't cried that much over a book for a long long time. .. so real...
Published 8 months ago by Daphne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome story about triumph over pain and the capacity for personal growth.
Published 8 months ago by Nikki Daines
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 stars. It is true that a bond between children and parents...
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This was my first book by the writer. The charters are dealt beautifully and they are real. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Black.
4.0 out of 5 stars written by one of my favorite authors
Another great story by Elizabeth Noble. She has a wonderful way of telling stories about people's lives. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nancy
2.0 out of 5 stars very selfish Mother character
the mother was selfish, so was the father. Two unbelievable characters, no English person would behave the way they did. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Movitia Toomey
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely -
Easy to read, compassionate and engaging. The author has a lovely calm writing style,Ive read all of the authors books
Published 18 months ago by sarah wayland
4.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY PUT HEART-WRENCHING!!
BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILD by Elizabeth Noble is a poignant Women's Fiction. It is based on the December 26,2004 Indonesian Tsunami where over 100,000 people died, including... Read more
Published 19 months ago by My Book Addiction and More
1.0 out of 5 stars So I could not finish this book.
Maggie Barrett's life is falling apart. After twenty years of marriage, Maggie finds herself alone raising her three children. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cheryl Koch
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Between Them...
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