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Letters to Mom Paperback – March 28, 2012
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These letters were thoughtfully written by women and for women. They spoke of love between mothers, daughters, grandmothers and the pride of family. The written memories between them was thoughtful and wonderfully visual as the author captured hearts and readers own memories along the way.
I think the reader has to be alone with a box of kleenex and under a pine tree somewhere to fully enjoy what a legacy of time that Sharon Raines has written, a ton of "food for thought". After I finished reading, I wiped my eyes and praised God for my family and the memories we have personally created together in Jesus.
Letters to Mom, by Sharon Raines, is short and sweet yet steeped in a touch of sadness. It is written as a series of letters from daughter to mother. Since the book is written this way, it feels very conversational. This lends to the overall relatability. Sharon shares her thoughts and troubles, her pain and her triumphs. She writes about what the family is going through and how the loss of her mother is dealt with. There's everything from pregnancy to camping trips, and these things are well described. The descriptions of the southern heat were particularly fun to read (as a northerner, I just don't get to hear those kinds of things). At worst, Sharons thoughts and reflections get a bit tedious, but for the most part they are amusing and entertaining. The book also has letters from other daughters to their mothers. Some had wonderful mothers, others...not so much. They were heartfelt, sure, but I didn't connect very deeply with them. Probably because they were so short compared to all we get from Sharon. Christianity comes into play as well, but I wouldn't call this book preachy. Faith merely helps the people along.
Overall, this was a simple, well written book dealing with the trials and tribulations of mother/daughter relationships.