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Mother of Pearl

by Maureen Lee

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I love Maureen Lee. She's one of my favourite authors. And she didn't let me down with this book.

This is the story of Amy and her daughter, Pearl. In 1951 Amy went to prison for killing her husband, Barney. In 1971, she was released, having not seen her daughter for the 20 years she was in prison.

This is a dual time-narrative story, told in alternating chapters. One story is that of Amy and how she met Barney, her life during the war, and what happened when Barney came home from the conflict. The other story is that of Pearl, a school teacher in 1971, preparing to meet her mother again.

This is a beautifully written saga. As always, Liverpool plays a big part in the story, and so does family life. Maureen Lee portrays both so well, and she always manages to craft a great story that keeps me riveted from start to finish. Her books are so easy to read, I never want to put them down, and I always care for the characters.

Yet another triumph for this author, and I'm already looking forward to reading another of her books. ( )
  nicx27 | Mar 4, 2012 |
I really did enjoy this book. Told in chapters going back and forth between 1939 and 1971, it kept me engrossed.

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Amy Curran was sent to prison for killing her husband. Twenty years later, she's released and reunited with her daughter, Pearl. But Amy is hiding a terrible secret - a tragedy that could tear the family apart..... ( )
  mazda502001 | Nov 9, 2011 |
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Pretty Amy Curran was just 18 years old when she met Barney Patterson, the love of her life, on Southport pier in 1939. Their romantic, passionate marriage was made in heaven, or so they both believed. But when Britain declared war on Germany, Barney hastily volunteered to fight, and the couple were eventually separated for five long years. When he returned to Liverpool after VE Day he wasn't the same person--and neither was Amy. But how could things have become so twisted that one day Amy would kill the husband she once so adored? And what happened to their little girl, Pearl, just five years old at the time? By 1971 Amy has spent 20 years in prison for Barney's murder. Now she is about to be released--although her freedom will change the lives of others, not least that of her daughter, whom she hasn't seen in two decades. But Pearl has her own demons to exorcise in her quest for happiness. And the greatest question she must ask herself is this: can she ever love her mother after what she did?
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Pretty Amy Curran was just 18 years old when she met Barney Patterson, the love of her life, on Southport pier in 1939. Their romantic, passionate marriage was made in heaven, or so they both believed. But when Britain declared war on Germany, Barney hastily volunteered to fight, and the couple were eventually separated for five long years. When he returned to Liverpool after VE Day he wasn't the same person—and neither was Amy. But how could things have become so twisted that one day Amy would kill the husband she once so adored? And what happened to their little girl, Pearl, just five years old at the time? By 1971 Amy has spent 20 years in prison for Barney's murder. Now she is about to be released—although her freedom will change the lives of others, not least that of her daughter, whom she hasn't seen in two decades. But Pearl has her own demons to exorcise in her quest for happiness. And the greatest question she must ask herself is this: can she ever love her mother after what she did?

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When Pearl was just five, her mother Amy was sent to prison for murdering Pearl's father. Now, in 1971, Amy is released from prison. Her freedom changes the lives of others, not least that of Pearl, now 25. As the pair begin to rebuild their relationship, the past will come back to haunt them both.… (more)

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