Mother Love (Willow Lane, #2)

Mother Love (Willow Lane, #2)

by Ann McCauley

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BN ID: 2940155609674
Publisher: CB Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Willow Lane , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Writing is my second, or maybe third career, and I love it. I married young, had three children, then divorce left me a single mom. College loans and part-time jobs made it possible for me to earn degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and finally a master’s in Creative Writing. I retired after many years as an RN, though I still keep my license active in NY and Pennsylvania, a girl never knows when she may need to go back to work!

I review books for WPSU, our local NPR radio station, BookBub, and Story My work has been published in magazines, writing journals and newspapers. I'm currently editing my husband’s memoir, in addition to working on my next novel. I am an avid reader and enjoy spending time with my husband, our dog, friends, and family which now includes five adult children, ten grandchildren and several mates, plus seven great grandchildren. I write a monthly blog, you can read @

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Mother Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her husband has passed, her children are launched, and her work is done. Or is it? She has a need to be useful to be wanted. Barbara Malone also craves adventure. She stumbles onto literature about the Peace Corps and finds where her energy and skills are highly desired. A whole new life opens up for her including many surprises. I highly recommend this book to baby boom women, empty nesters, and new retirees. There is life, and lots of it, out there for you. You just have to be open to finding it.
bunnyBM More than 1 year ago
Great book, an excellent read, this is actually my third attempt at writing a review on this book, I didn't realize I had to be signed in to do it so here goes again. A very intriguing read. A 52 year old R.N., after the death of her husband has to decide what to do with the rest of her life. She's always wanted to joint the Peace Corp. and with all the shock of her new situation around her, she decides to do just that. She goes to Honduras and after many interesting twists and turns she finds that life is a challenge no matter where you are. I loved this book and will be waiting for more from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific story about a woman who after the death of her husband, takes charge of her life, reconnects with her children and joins the Peace Corps. It is well written and filled with the details of family life. As the heroine Barbara Malone helps her adult children deal with the death of their father she exhibits the many facets of a Mother's love for her family. When Barbara travels to Honduras with the Peace Corps she begins an adventure that showcases her inner strength and inherent vitality. This is a very enjoyable novel and a book filled with emotional truth, reconciliation, and personal growth. Barbara is a heroine for our age and her adventures are well told and exciting.
D_Donovan 12 days ago
Book Two of the Willow Lane series provides a warm saga that requires no prior familiarity in order to prove accessible and charming. The introductory chapter reviews Barbara Malone's marriage to Bill, her transition from a naive bride to a stoic wife determined to avoid confrontations with her husband, and the forces that brought them together, then tore them apart. At age 52, Barbara Malone is widowed and alone. It starts on quiet Willow Lane in a small town in Pennsylvania as she embarks on a new career with the Peace Corps, which changes everything. One door has closed, but another is opening on her life, expanding it to include her interactions with the poor peoples of another country. From Peace Corps training to experiencing another country, Barbara finds her world opening up even as her children and family back home in Pennsylvania cultivate new ways of relating to one another without her. Chapter headings move between characters and make it easy to move between their lives, as well, lending a simple structure to what could have otherwise proved a complex series of examinations of entwined lives, choices, and consequences. Through her eyes, readers are swept into a cavalcade of emotional connections and growth experiences that lend Mother Love a quietly evocative atmosphere. Readers of fiction that centers on evolving family ties, changes, new connections, and new opportunities for all ages will relish the lovely evolution of Mother Love, which explores circumstances of connection and healing across cultures, and the aftermath of one woman's commitment to a difficult marriage. Under another hand, this would have been the entire story— and the end of matters—but widow Barbara is more than a wife and mother, and her life continues to blossom and expand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mother Love is an endearing and intriguing novel about a woman whoose entire life revolved around her philandering husband, four children, nursing, and volunteering. An unexpected event changed their lives even though her children, now grown, were scattered across the country living independent lives apart from each other and their mother the book is filled with page -turning hardship, mystery, and romance as all concerned strive to find a purpose for his or her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story! A snapshot of family dynamics and the choices that make up adult life. When Mom responds to tragedy by joining the Peace Corp a family distanced by miles and pain finds the courage to change and find closeness they have never known. A very satisfying story that leaves you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mother Love is an inspiration to all of us who find ourselves looking into the future after many assumed aspects of our lives have disappeared. Instead of lamenting the loss of past stability, the protagonist, Barbara Malone, takes decisive action and launches into the next chapters of her life. Facing gripping challenges, making new friends, and resolving various personal conflicts, Barbara pulled me along from page to page, cheering for her success.
TMF09 More than 1 year ago
This is a well done, insightful and exciting novel about a middle aged widow who reinvents herself by signing up for the Peace Corps, and moving to Honduras. Leaving behind some rather ungrateful adult children, our heroine Barbara finds new friends, and new meaning in her life as a Peace Corps volunteer. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book covers all the bases when it comes to life situations & emotions. She shows courage by taking her life back after adversity and making it into something she loves. This book shows the curveballs that life can throw your way and how one woman decided to fight back. It is a bit sad, happy, courageous and empowering. What more could someone want from a book? :) I would highly recommend this book for all to read because it will make you think about your own life and how much you value yourself. Great Read!
BarBow More than 1 year ago
Ann McCauley's first novel, Mother Love, is a success. Barbara, being widowed at 52, is courageous in moving forward with her life. She manages to be strong enough to join the Peace Corps, leaving her loved friends and family behind. She works as a nurse in the mountains of Hondoras, a continent away from those she loves and a life with which she was so familiar. Ann McCauley describes the emotional scene, as well as, the mountain village to perfection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Elizabeth Berg's novel, "Pull Of the Moon" where the character enjoys a vacation by herself doing all those adventures and sightseeing her husband pulled away from. Ann McCauley's novel "Mother Love" is more of an adventure, as her character Barbara gets involved in a more intense situation but still reminds me of "Pull Of the Moon" as a look at women's determination. Barbara, after becoming a widow, decides she wants to join the Peace Corp and travel to Honduras in spite of family relationships and her calm life in Pennsylvania. Honduras proves to be a enduring trial with much antagonism but Barbara bravely overcomes it all. Great Read!