“Mothers and Other Strangers” by Gina Sorell is a very intriguing and captivating novel. I read this in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down. The genres of this novel are Women’s Fiction, Fiction, and Mystery. The very first sentence draws you in.” My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s childish accepted”.
The author describes her characters as complicated and complex. Elise, the daughter of the above mother, finds that upon her mother’s death, she is left with a legacy of debts, dishonesty, mystery, and many secrets. Unfortunately Elise has not been close to her mother for years. Elise’s mother was selfish, competitive, uncaring, and not affectionate.
There are many twists and turns, Elise embarks on an adventure of discovery to find out her family roots, and the truth. Elise’s mother had friendships of question with incredulous people. Elise is longing to find herself, and where she belongs.
The author talks about family, betrayal, secrets, friendship and hope. What makes a family? What roles should a mother and daughter have? What is important in life?
I would highly recommend this enjoying book. I received an ARC for review for my honest review and opinion.