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A Mother's Day: A Short Story by [Rouda, Kaira]
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Length: 17 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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Three mothers. Three sons. One day that connects them. Kaira Rouda tackles the big issues of life and death with candor and hope in this tribute to motherhood. A tragic event reawakens each woman to her own special gifts, and her love for family and friends is reborn. Three mothers. Three sons. Six lives that will be changed forever.

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  • File Size: 2312 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (May 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z2KDEC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kaira Rouda does an amazing job of weaving three disparate tales together by uniting them around a single shocking event as observed by three very different types of women, all at different stages of motherhood. Her voice is authentic and each story is engaging and leaves you wanting to know more. It was a perfect story
to enjoy on a sunny day on my deck and so easy to download on the spot. I will definitely buy Rouda's new novel Here Home Hope as well!
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I love this cover and the amazing .99 price (have downloaded it and told all my friends who have Kindles.) I was looking for something fun to read - this was it for me! As a mom of three and an avid reader, I enjoyed the short story which delves into the lives of three different women who are mothers - each of them is at a different stage of motherhood (a new mom with a baby to a mom of a teenage son) and each has boys (I have two sons myself). We get a peek into the lives of these three women on Mother's Day and a shocking event that happens that they are all tied to in some way - a life-changing event - and eventually see how the three moms are connected (think like the movie CRASH with Sandra Bullock where the characters are slightly connected). I enjoyed this short story and want it to be a full length book so I can read the rest of the story! For those who enjoy it, you can dive into the author's new fiction full-length novel called HERE, HOME, HOPE also out this month and focuses on one woman who is also a mother. Both are great reads for women who enjoy women's fiction novels that are both inspiring, real and well written.
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When I started this short story I wondered how it could possibly turn out as a good story with the event that happened in the first chapter. After seeing the way Ms. Rouda took the chapters and the characters and gave us a view into the lives of these mothers and children, it all made perfect sense.

Nicely written - very quick read - sad moment but wonderfully heartwarming! Ms. Rouda - you're Light Blue!
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This short story, "A Mother's Day" by Kaira Rouda, takes place a couple of weeks before Mother's Day. Three mothers, all mothers of sons of varying ages, are tied to an event that two of them witness and it effects the mothers and two of the sons in ways one wouldn't expect. Out of the sadness that they witness comes hope for the mothers and their families that show the strength these women have in order to take such a thing and turn it into how they can be better mothers, wives and servants to society.

The story is written in three parts from the viewpoints of mothers Julie, Lynne and Mary. Julie's boy is school age, Lynne's is a baby in a stroller and Mary's son is a senior in high school who has Asperger's Syndrome. Although they each have their own problems to face, all of these mothers want the best life possible for their sons, and work hard to provide it.

The story is well-written and is a nice tribute to the strength and dedication to mothers as a Mother's Day story.
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I recently read my first book by this author, In The Mirror. It was such a good book, that I went looking for more of her writing and found this short story.

As a mother of a son, and seeing the book is about three mothers and sons, I thought it sounded interesting. The author managed to write a very heart touching story in only 20 pages. Without giving too much away, I'll just say it was very creative how the author gave us a traumatic situation that involves three mothers and their sons. They didn't know each other yet just as in life, everyone handles things differently.

If you like meaningful short stories, I definitely recommend this one! It is a quick read that will stay with you.
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I love short stories. I don't always need to know the outcome for every character in each situation. Short stories allow my imagination to wonder and think about the characters. This short by Ms. Rouda invokes my imagination.

I like how Ms. Rouda gives us glimpses at each of these mothers and their sons. Her writing is beautiful and flows with ease.

Thank you for this short story, Ms. Rouda.
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What a gripping and amazing testimony to motherhood and the courage it takes to be who we are. One day a tragic event strikes and it will forever connect three mothers in a way that they never thought possible.

They will probably never meet but their bond can't be broken.

One mother is driving with her son, having a day off from school to just spend time together...

Another mother is trying to get her life back on track after having a baby and struggling with postpartum...

The last mother has a son with Asperger's and she is so happy that his life is starting to normalize and he's doing great in high school and headed to college...then she gets a phone call and tragedy strikes...

How will these mothers cope? How will they know what to say to their children to make them understand?

Such a powerful story that I advise every woman to read...it's an amazing depiction of what motherhood truly is...
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This is actually, IMO, THREE short stories, all tied together by a single event. Three mothers of sons, three very different lives, and they all have an epiphany after a tragedy occurs. It's a very quick read, very well written, and it definitely tugs at the heart strings. Great for reminding all of us mothers what really matters.
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