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I loved this story. It really touched my heart. The characters were all so different and well developed, and complemented each other. Although I was wishing for a different end to the story, the conclusion was perfect.
I found at least a third of this story was more suited to be recommended as a teen age novel. That much of the story was actually being told through the telling of a teenage daughter. I was not impressed with the story at all. At least the ending had a little more life to it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
Really enjoyed the book except for the part where we find out what had Laura so upset. SPOILER ALERT: To get angry enough to break up your marriage because of something that happened before your marriage? That's ridiculous and reduced my sympathy.
It was difficult to like the main characters in this book as they were all fighting emotional pain. By the end of the book, however, I felt they were all people I would have felt comfortable visiting with on my porch, sipping cold drinks and exchanging stories as we watched the world to by. I will definitely read more books by this author.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2020
I was absolutely hooked from the very start and read until late each night, fighting the urge to sleep, until it was finished. I loved Dani as a character and as a narrator, and felt very sympathetic to her quest to piece together her mother's past. It was almost as if we were discovering it together. This is the most emotional book I've read in years: it contains a lot of grief and pain but ultimately it's somehow uplifting and life-affirming, reminding us to be grateful for even the smallest blessings. I won't go into more detail in case I give anything away; you really just need to read and experience My Mother's Choice for yourself.
Ali Mercer’s powerful, immersive storytelling, focused on family secrets, tragedy and complex relationships, makes for an utterly compelling read. The book makes you think about what really matters and will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot as good as her previous books but worth reading.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2020
Having read both of this author’s previous books, I was very much looking forward to this new release.
Whilst I enjoyed it, I was slightly disappointed as it didn’t grab me as the others had. I felt that the actual reason for the choice that the mother made was not compelling enough to set in motion the whole chain of events and therefore it all felt a bit flat.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2020
I found this book slow and hard to get into. I persevered because I wanted to know why Laura had felt the need to run away with her young child. What was so horrible that she felt she had to escape? What had her nasty brute of a husband done? ... Reading on the answer becomes clear. Hed done nothing at all. Hours of my life wasted. 2 stars.