Blackberry Winterby Cheryl Reavis
I am illegitimate. But this was never a problem for meit was just me and my mother against the world. Mother never told me much about her past, and after a couple of unanswered questions in childhood, I stopped asking. Now, Mother is sick, and she's decided to revisit the pastliterallyby taking an unexpected trip to the mountains where she was
I am illegitimate. But this was never a problem for meit was just me and my mother against the world. Mother never told me much about her past, and after a couple of unanswered questions in childhood, I stopped asking. Now, Mother is sick, and she's decided to revisit the pastliterallyby taking an unexpected trip to the mountains where she was born.
I was worried; I was scared. I followed her. And my mother's journey became my journey, too. I discovered that I have a fatherand my parents are still in love. Their life together just took a detour that lasted over forty years.
Their relationship was like a blackberry winter the colder the weather, the sweeter the berries in spring. And now that I've found the truth, will I have the strength to make it through my own blackberry winter?
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Investment banker Loran Kimball braves the Capital Beltway as she does a lot since her mother Maddie became ill. The two have always been together as Maddie raised her as a single mother never telling her illegitimate daughter who her father is or anything else about her past. Loran gave up asking as a child as Maddie was and is too private of a person to reveal any information. However, this time Maddie is not home to Loran¿s panic. After checking with the hospital she learns from the neighbor that Maddie went to the North Carolina hills for a few days. --- Frightened that for the first time since she has known her mom, Maddie went home apparently in search of her past, Loran decides to follow. She wonders what she will find in the Carolina mountains including instance roots like a father and other family members after four decades without anyone except her mother, but most important she prays that mom is okay. --- Rarely does a novel contain the depth that the key characters contain as they do in BLACKBERRY WINTER. Readers will understand the motives of mom, Loran, and others that led to the forty year hiatus. The story line grips the audience from the moment a puzzled Loran learns mom went south for apparently a planned short visit, but like the banker ponders why. Fans will appreciate this you can go home with empathetic strong people as Loran discovers her roots and much more in the Carolina mountains. --- Harriet Klausner
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