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An Accidental Mother

by Katherine Anne Kindred

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An Accidental Mother, a memoir, is the debut of Katherine Anne Kindred. It chronicles her six-year journey as an accidental mother, a role that was totally unexpected and affected her in ways she could never imagine.

After a miscarriage and subsequent divorce, Ms. Kindred gives up on the idea of having children. She hasn't given up on the idea of romance, though and anticipates the future according to her own particular version of it. As she approaches middle age, she knows she's likely to meet men that have married and had children. She has no qualms about playing a role in the life of teenagers, likely on their way to college in short order. What she didn't count on was entering the life of a child exiting toddlerhood--a child desperately in need of mothering and all that it entails.

When she meets Jim, who has full custody of his young son, Michael, just a few months shy of the child's fourth birthday, the author enters a new phase of life. It is one of hard work, adventure, wonderment, and love.

Ms. Kindred writes her tale in a simple, straightforward manner. She doesn't indulge in prose that is saccharine or overly indulgent just because she's writing about a sweet little boy. She keeps the story moving and pulls the reader into her daily experience as a mother by laying out the story in vignettes, interspersing these anecdotal accounts within the greater narrative. This lends immediacy to the story that keeps it interesting and allows the reader to experience the wonder of parenting Michael right alongside his mother.

What is so quickly gained can be just as swiftly lost. This is a poignant tale. Its conclusion is tragic and heartfelt. The pain is palpable. The author takes the reader into the deepest parts of her emotions, as the woman who mothered by accident for six years, is rendered motherless once again.

This is a book for all women. For those who are mothers and for those who are not. For those still to decide if the mothering life is for them and for those sure it is not. Women along every facet of the motherhood continuum will be provoked into re-examining their stance on motherhood.
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  JuneCat | Nov 25, 2011 |
Unfortunately this book was not for me and I generally enjoy memoirs. This book just left me feeling sad for Michael. ( )
  knittingmomof3 | Sep 2, 2011 |
When Kate Kindred fell in love with Jim, she did not plan on falling in love with his little boy, too. Kate had planned on a childless life. But life and love don’t always fit into plans the way one imagines.

Jim had custody of little two year old Michael. A year earlier Jim had received a call informing him that Michael’s mother had lost custody of him. Jim had not even known of Michael’s existence, but was now awarded full custody. In addition to Michael, Jim had joint custody of a little girl, Elizabeth. His marriage to her mother had recently ended.

But this book is about Kate and her very special relationship with Michael. For six years Kate was Michael’s mother, in every way that matters, and Michael was Kate’s little boy in all of the same wonderful ways.

In “An Accidental Mother” Kate shares her special moments, even illustrating them with notes Michael wrote and pictures that he drew for her. She shares the joys and sorrows of raising someone else’s child. Sadly, that is her ultimate sorrow. When her relationship with Jim ends, Kate loses Michael, too. ( )
  nightprose | Jul 15, 2011 |
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After her divorce, Kate Kindred decided that she would live her life without children. But then she fell in love with Jim, a handsome, caring man who had custody of his two-year-old son, Michael. And she fell in love with the boy, too. During the six years they all lived together, Kate learned the deep joys of motherhood?that was the gift that Michael gave her. But when her relationship with Jim ended, he denied her any contact with Michael. And her heart was broken. An Accidental Mother beautifully describes the joys of mothering a young boy through complicated times. With sweet simple anecdotes and complex emotions, Kate Kindred marks every page with tears, including those that the most loving laughter can bring to any parent.… (more)

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