A Song for My Mother

A Song for My Mother

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by Kat Martin

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In this charming novel, Kat Martin brings readers back to the town of Dreyerville for another compelling story of love, loss, hope, and second chances…
Years after running away with her boyfriend in her junior year of high school, Marly Hanson returns to Dreyerville at the request of her daughter, Katie, who has recently been treated for brain cancer. Katie…  See more details below


In this charming novel, Kat Martin brings readers back to the town of Dreyerville for another compelling story of love, loss, hope, and second chances…
Years after running away with her boyfriend in her junior year of high school, Marly Hanson returns to Dreyerville at the request of her daughter, Katie, who has recently been treated for brain cancer. Katie has never met her grandmother, Marly’s mother, Winnie. But Marly and Winnie have been estranged for years, and confronting the past for each of them is painful. The homecoming is bittersweet, but revisiting the conflict between them is crucial if Marly and her mother are ever to find the bond they shared before Marly left Dreyerville.
To complicate matters, living next door to Winnie is handsome sheriff and widower Reed Bennett, and his son, Ham, who is close to Katie’s age. Ham and Katie become fast friends, while the parents find their attraction to one another going deeper than mere friendship. But Marly’s time in Dreyerville is limited and risking her heart isn’t something she’s willing to do.
As the days slip past, and though she tries to avoid it, Marly and Reed become more deeply involved. Can she risk loving the handsome sheriff and giving up the future she worked so hard to forge for herself and her daughter? Can she make a life in Dreyerville after what happened all those years ago?
Will Marly finally realize that her true destiny and ultimate happiness lies in coming to terms with her past?

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“A heartwarming, feel-good story of the power of love in many of its manifestations, including the romantic. I loved it!”
—Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author of A Matter of Class

“Kat Martin has the uncanny and delicate ability to pluck the heartstrings of the reader, and she’s done it again with pitch-perfect tone in A Song for My Mother.”
—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Love Song

“A feel-good, honest, earnest story that is sure to tug at the heart strings and have readers reaching for their telephones. If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better.”
New York Journal of Books

A Song for My Mother is a story about healing and connection. It's about letting go of the past and finding something so much more important. It's a heart-warming tale perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.”
—TCM Reviews

“This “song” will not only send your heart soaring, but prompt you to call your mother. Martin's sweet characters will grab you and not let go!”
—Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author

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Song for My Mother 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of Kat Martin's best books. It is a book that will keep in wanting to get to the end to see how it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's a fave author, but this certainly isn't one of her best books, by any means...very disappointing..:-(
Staffer_Coffee_Time_Rom More than 1 year ago
This is a charming story that I read in a single session. The characters are remarkably well depicted, believable and likeable. I think the pacing is outstanding; I never lost interest and was kept fully engaged as the story evolved. I particularly like that Reed is a fairly straight-forward type of guy who deals ably with the prickly Marly. In many ways, he becomes as much of a bridge between Marly and Winnie as the darling, irrepressible Katie. This sweet, feel-good story will appeal to women of all ages. It is a beautifully written testament to the fact that past mistakes, failures, or heartbreaks should never deter us from striving toward a better, more promising future. Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read several of Kat's book, and have never been disappointed. The one thing I can say about her books is their heartwarming.
Mai-Tai More than 1 year ago
I don't know how I missed the fact that this book is only 117 pages; a novella. The story was slow to start and wasn't very interesting. I feel that the characters could have been developed more and the story expanded on. I do not recommend you spend your money on this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moved rather slowly but it was an easy read
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SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Kat Martin is fast becoming one of my favorite authors... This story is touching and I enjoyed it very much... Ms Martin has a wonderful knack of bringing her characters to life and drawing you into a story. After a twelve year absence Marly comes "home" with her cancer survivor daughter Katie who is 12 and has never known her grandmother... Marly left home after high school to escape a bad home situation and blamed her mother for staying with her father (now deceased) who was physically abusive... After receiving a few hard knocks herself and rising above them Marly has some serious issues to overcome before she can find forgiveness and understanding of her parents relationship... A beautiful story involving just the right amount of outside interest and of course a love story involving Reed the local sheriff... My only complaint about this book is that it was too short.. Only 155 pages..
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Marly Hanson has struggled to get where she has in life and never wanted to look back at the town she left. But when her daughter Katie wants to meet the grandmother she never met Marly agrees knowing this trip down memory land may have the ability to break her strong will. Katie is recovering from cancer and Marly will give her anything to make her happy even if it means dragging up bones she buried a long time ago. It has been 12 years since Marly broke away from her abusive father, then moved past her loser husband and helped her daughter recover from cancer. Nothing scares her anymore but the town she came from does frighten her a bit. She left there a bitter young woman and she returns a headstrong woman who refuses to forgive her mother for not leaving the man Marly blames for ruining their life. But her mother has reasons and answers for all they questions Marly poses and tries to explain that the way things turned out was not the way it always was. Old wounds do start to surface again when Marly finds herself back in her mother's kitchen, but they are soothed more than a bit when she meets the neighbor, widower Reed Bennett. It seems Sheriff Bennett is as lonely as Marly and while not looking for love, companionship would be awful accommodating to him. He is raising a son on his own and the days keep him occupied but the nights tend to drag on. Rumors may have him committed to another and proving to Marly that there is nothing to any relationship but theirs is something only a determined man in love can accomplish. This story is written as a story of love between a mother and daughter, as well as a love story between a man and a woman. Relationships are never easy regardless of who they are with but they always live and thrive when the heart of a person is truly sincere. Ms. Martin has written a book that shows regardless of who you are love does find its way to you and like with answered prayers the unanswered ones are just as fulfilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NY Journal of Books Reviewed by Kate Cuthbert Martin's polished writing style takes what could have, in a less-accomplished author's hands, been overdone and saccharine and creates a feel-good, honest, earnest story that is sure to tug at the heart strings and have readers reaching for their telephones. If you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, you'd be hard-pressed to find one better.
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rabidreaderWS More than 1 year ago
A Song For My Mother is about anger, holding grudges, and forgiveness. There are a few situations here that involve decision making, judgement, doubt and the need for forgiving. The main character, Marly Hanson, moved away from home at an early age, escaping from a traumatic home life and a small town. She returns to her hometown only because her own daughter wants to meet her grandmother; unfortunately, the grandmother, Winnie, is the one person that Marly does not really want to see. Marly hasn't seen Winnie since she moved out of town as a teen bride. Even so, she brings her daughter to meet her; her daughter has recently went a few rounds with cancer and chemotherapy, coming close to death. Things aren't very comfortable for Marly and Winnie, but Winnie and Katie (Marly's daughter) hit it off right away. Not only do Katie and Winnie make fast friends, but Katie meets a neighbor boy, Ham and they become friends. Marly also meets Ham's father, Reed who happens to be the sheriff of this small town. Marly is very attracted to Reed, Reed is very attracted to Marly but there are complications. Reed is a widower, and Marly is divorced with a low opinion of men as fathers and husbands. It was both interesting and frustrating to read Marly's behavior with her mom. She is so angry that she comes across as unreasonably prickly and rude to Winnie - blaming and judging Winnie for past decisions and what she perceives as a weakness and betrayal of herself. Winnie is heartbroken, but patient - this bothered me, because I would have been in Marly's face....but then I also wouldn't have been in Winnies past position...so that would affect things. Even though Kat Martin's writing style is rather spare...what I call no-frills writing - A Song For My Mother is packed with emotions of all kinds. There are subplots - a young widowed mother of a three year old boy who is coming close to having a breakdown, overcompensating for her husband's death. There is also the reluctant relationship between Marly and Reed. She's having fun seeing Reed but doesn't want to become involved with him, seeing no point in it. Reed is ready to come out of mourning for his deceased wife and wants a future with Marly...only Marly is planning on passing through within weeks. When I say that this novel has spare writing, I mean that there is not a lot of extra filler; reading it is like listening to a person telling a bit about some goings on. There is some dialogue, but it's definitely not a dialogue heavy book. This is kind of refreshing in a way. Kat Martin tells three stories involving this small group of people, getting to the point without a lot of extras. But when it's important, than the story goes into scene mode. I know I'm not explaining this the way I want to. I did enjoy it, even though some of the subject matter is pretty heavy, it was written with a light hand, revealing emotions and tragedy without over-dramatization. The book brings forth and shows a complete array of emotions - anger, contempt, betrayal, wistfulness, sadness, happiness, jealously, relief, first pangs of love, embarrassment and love. I like the messages given through the story - that we're all capable of making good and bad decisions, of making mistakes and that it's possible to move forward through forgiving.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Dreyerville, Michigan, Marly Hanson dropped out of high school as a junior to run off to Detroit with her boyfriend. She gave birth to Katie while the father of her daughter abandoned both of them. Marly finished school and made a nice life for both of them until Katie is diagnosed with brain cancer. Receiving treatment, Katie begins to heal and makes a request of her mom. She wants to meet her maternal grandmother Winnie in Dreyerville. Although she wants to refuse, Marly takes Katie to meet Winnie. Although Winnie has been filled with remorse ever since her daughter ran away, Marly remains filled with rage at her mom. Katie observes her mom's ire as do Winnie's neighbor Widower Sheriff Reed Bennett and his son Ham. Reed is attracted to Marly, but she rejects his overtures. Wise beyond her years, Katie tells Reed and Winnie not to give up on Marly. The Return to Dreyerville (see The Christmas Clock) is a warm second chance at relationships drama. The cast is solid gold as three generations of Hansen females come together with two male Bennett's only if distrusting Marly embraces her love for her mom, daughter, and the neighbor and his son. Kat Martin provides an engaging family drama. Harriet Klausner
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Marly Hanson left Dreyerville, Michigan midway through high school with a rough and tough boyfriend, heading for Detroit where she eventually was abandoned and left with her daughter, Katie. Marly has a lot to be proud of, having put herself through school and made a loving home for Katie, a world that has been shattered and rebuilt after Katie develops and is treated for cancer. But Katie is on the mend now and has one desire, to see her grandmother in Dreyerville. Marly's Mom, Winnie, has plenty to feel guilty about, but Marly seems hell-bent on voicing her anger and refusing to give an inch, a fact that is quickly picked up by both Katie and Winnie's caring neighbor, Reed Bennett. Reed and his son, Ham, have had their own sorrows to surmount, but Reed is definitely attracted to Marly who comes across as the resistance poster female of the year - at first. Telling more would spoil this tough but tender story in which the reader learns not to make quick judgments and watches the healing power of love crack stony, formidable walls into pebbles. Nothing is impossible, and love has such immense power to heal, bring forgiveness while still remembering, and forging a new world of trust and tenderness in a world that is so quick to condemn and slow to give second chances. Great, lovely story, Kat Martin! Something for everyone herein!