Morning Glory Mother

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Alison Andrews has two teenaged kids - which equals a hectic life. To make matters worse, she lives next door to the world's most "perfect" mother, who has the time to grow beautiful roses in her lovely garden. All Alison can barely manage to grow are a few morning glories. And the day before Mother's Day, Alison discovers something that makes her feel completely unloved and ignored by her children, so she decides to do something drastic. Something unlike her. She decides to run away from home for two days. But ...

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Overview

Alison Andrews has two teenaged kids - which equals a hectic life. To make matters worse, she lives next door to the world's most "perfect" mother, who has the time to grow beautiful roses in her lovely garden. All Alison can barely manage to grow are a few morning glories. And the day before Mother's Day, Alison discovers something that makes her feel completely unloved and ignored by her children, so she decides to do something drastic. Something unlike her. She decides to run away from home for two days. But one of those days is Mother's Day...

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
A special inscription page adorns this extended Mother's Day greeting card by Pearson (A Stranger for Christmas), underscoring the fact that this little tale is a gift meant to be given to moms everywhere. At least some moms will recognize that the message-even the most imperfect mother is perfect in her love-is shamelessly calculated to soothe and please. Alison Andrews, divorced mom of adolescents Jamie and Melissa, has had it. The last straw comes when she learns that her kids are participating in the church Mother's Day program only because it's required before they can attend a weekend at a dude ranch. Tortured by her self-deprecating comparison to her Martha Stewart-perfect neighbor (who was chosen Mother's Day Queen at the church event), Alison runs off to a local hotel to pamper and celebrate herself rather than wait in vain for signs of appreciation from her children. Her kids hunt her down and, although she adamantly resists, convince her to resolve a Mother's Day debacle at the church. The formerly sullen teens' praise for their "angel mother" is the stuff of self-gratifying daydreams. This bit of fluff might be more appropriate as a gift given by moms to their unappreciative offspring.
Kirkus Reviews
A treat for Mother's Day and, although less gripping than Pearson's nonfiction about her dead husband and single-parent child-raising (One on the Seesaw, 1988), a pleasant enough jam-smeared crêpe suzette for beleaguered moms.

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 hand—with only skimpy morning glories around her house—has 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 home—until 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765560735
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 101

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2001

    Don't we all feel like this at some point!

    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!

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