Title- The Mothers
Genre- Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
POV- Third person, past tense
Trope- motherhood, small town communities, obligations, expectations, secrets
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My emotions- I related to certain motherhood themes but not all.
Nadia Turner- a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty.
Luke Sheppard is the pastor’s son, age twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner
Aubrey, Nadia’s God-fearing best friend
Nadia is mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with Luke. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.
What I’d change-
The churchiness gave me gag feelings, but I know that’s part of the story
“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”
Pacing- a little slow