All My Mothers by Joanna Glen

Another day with me using WordPress’s monitoring as a crutch to sit down. To be fair I have had a tiring weekend and this is one way to keep me motivated. I am just glad it’s working!

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P.S: Book is still available for request on NetGalley

The plotline of this story is like any dual timeline historical fiction, which focuses on the secrets of the past and how it moulds the future. Two things differentiate this book from fitting that mould more appropriately. The first is that it is not a dual timeline story (I used that description because it gives off that ambience for some reason). The second is how the characters are described and how they fill out their roles and advance the story. 

The story begins as a narrative being told from one person to another. Who either of these people is and what they are to each other form the bulk of the story. It has been a while since I actually read the book, and even as I think back and feel that the entire book felt very straightforward in what it wanted to offer, I remember the enjoyment I derived from the reading. The whole feeling is laced with sadness as there are some pretty heavy topics being discussed here, and not everyone has a happily ever after, but it was one that I engaged in quite enthusiastically and read the whole thing in very few sittings.

Our main protagonist begins at the beginning, with her own start at school as an ex-pat child, unsure of a lot of things except for her feelings towards her mother. This is further given form when she encounters a book that describes mothers in different ways, associating a type of mother to a colour. Now, I am a person who does not think there can be such clear cut boxes into which mothers might fit, but it works for the book. The author’s skill lay in the way she convinced me of the impact this book had and how it formed the backbone that almost the entire story rested on. This is a rare occurrence, and just for that, I rated the book the way I did.

It is intense in parts, lighter in others and even serendipitous in some. It is, on the whole, a well-written work about women of varying personalities who harmoniously (or not) form a complete picture. 

I think I liked it most for the narrative style as it was different from some of the other books that may hold a similar plotline.

I would recommend it to anyone who liked either my review or the synopsis and think it might appeal to them!

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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