Divorced Alison Andrews lives next to Martha Harris, Mother of the Year and a former beauty queen, whose children have planted 16 rosebushes for her on various Mother's Days. Totally devoted to her children, Martha seems never to be forgotten by them. Alison, on the other handwith only skimpy morning glories around her househas two teenagers who never remember her for anything and from whom kind words come like pulled molars. They never clean up, and they commit misdemeanors beyond number. Indicative of his attitude, her son Jamie says that he knows "why God sends babies to mothers." "Why?" "Because if they didn't go to mothers they would land on the sidewalk and go splat! They need something soft to land on." On the day before Mother's Day this year, Alison boils over when she overhears her two kids being bribed to attend their school's Mother's Day pageant. She decides to take half of the Disneyland money she's saved up and run away from home. She goes only as far as the nearby Delphi Hotel, however, where she plans to spend the whole Mother's Day weekend, beyond reach of her kids, and have room service galore. And so she does. But her children, while they may seem impossible, aren't dumb. They track her down, though all their begging can't get her to return homeuntil they spill the bad news about Mrs. Harris, which galvanizes Alison into action.
An amusing, affectionate, if somewhat rosily superficial portrait of motherhood. Call it a Hallmark Novel.
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What a great pick me up...The character Allison uses her wit and guts to survive yet another disappointment in raising her kids. So many parts made me laugh out loud!