A most enjoyable read. I especially enjoyed how the book was written from the point of view of each of the main characters and their differing relationships with each other and especially with their mother as they all move through the different stages of their lives. I strongly recommend this book!
by john stammers
This is an absolutely brilliant book! I could not put it down. A very easy and enjoyable read. I really liked the way it was written from the perspective of an array of characters and from a series of letters. It is full of humour and there are some tear jerker parts too. Margaret is certainly a character and a half! What a bitter and twisted woman! I was so sad when I came to the last page as I wanted to find out what came next for the extended Johnson family. Well done Elizabeth. Can’t wait to see what you write next!
by Ruth Jennifer
Margaret is weighed down by the burden of a secret about her family’s history. Her three children each learn different ways of dealing with her regular flares of anger as they grow to adulthood and forge their own paths.
Caroline, the peace-maker, becomes a wife and mother, gaining eventual contentment and stability with her second husband. Detached and independent, Matthew pursues a successful career in botany, surrounding himself with friends and family on his organic smallholding. Chloe, a skilled violinist, and her mother’s adored favorite, cannot escape Margaret’s cloying influence and struggles to stay afloat as her life spirals into mayhem.
As Margaret’s behavior becomes ever more worrying and bizarre, the dramas that have defined her life become increasingly pronounced. Eventually, she is detained under the Mental Health Act. Her secret is safe, but at what cost?
Mother's Love is a story of a mother who is very disturbed, a paranoid woman in which finally causes her children to become dysfunctional and their mother's mother becomes to unravel each in their own way.
I felt for all the children, the mother's love was one should know.