The Mother's Promise: A Novel

The Mother's Promise: A Novel

by Sally Hepworth


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ISBN-13: 9781250077769
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 247,095
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

SALLY HEPWORTH is a human resource professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the UK, and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and three young children.

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The Mother's Promise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was easy to read and kept me going till the end! Sad ,but real and worth it! Loved it! Definately a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose this book, because as a daughter who lost her mother to cancer, I thought it would be a relatable read. Unfortunately, author, Sally Hepworth spent too much time cramming many ailments into one book. Between the ovarian cancer, social anxiety disorder, alcoholism, infertility, and Crohn's disease, just to name a few, I couldn't empathize with any of the characters. The Mother's Promise lacked the je ne sais quoi I hoped for in this novel.
janesquires More than 1 year ago
So many things in this book. A single Mom raising her daughter with a Social Anxiety that triggers panic attacks. Fears, rape, death and love. A Mother's love to the very end. I've had to struggle to read this book through an eye that had surgery. We all struggle through things. Zoe never knew her father which was for the best. He finds her and tries to get her. But his wife is her Mom's advisor through Cancer and because of his abuse, she stopes him. Once you get to a certain point you won't be able to lay the book down.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
This was a excellent read. Sally Hepworth writes with woe in her fingers, but she can make you understand the angst and still acknowledge your own personal good karma in the same breath.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars 4,5 stars They have never needed anyone else, Zoe and her mother have lived a secluded life and things were fine until Alice discovered she had cancer. They have no outside support, no one to help with transportation, no help with meals or just someone else to care. Alice claims they have no true friends and the only surviving family member they have is Paul, Alice’s brother who is a practicing alcoholic. I had to wonder if Alice had ever thought of this as she was raising Zoe. Did Alice ever think about Zoe’s future if something would ever happen to her? As Alice has surgery, Zoe is left at home alone. Implications arise when Kate, a nurse and Sonja, a social worker get involved in Alice’s case. I wanted someone to be with Zoe or to check on her while her mother was absent but I wasn’t sure if these women were the answer. Kate and Sonja each carry with them a secret that comes into play, a secret that they thought no one would see. As for Zoe, she cannot hide her social anxiety disorder as it affects almost everything she says and does. After her surgery, Alice realizes that Zoe is not alone. Alice doesn’t like these new intruders in their life. Alice wants to go home and get on with life as if nothing has changed. Yet, life has changed for both Alice and Zoe. I had mixed feeling towards Alice as I read this novel. I wondered why she sheltered their lives and I wondered where their lives would be headed in the future. As the four women were introduced, I could see where their lives might intercept, the comfort and the distress that would await. They were meant to convene; these women were meant to touch each other’s lives and to make a difference. I found myself cheering for Zoe in this novel for she is finally finding her way out. Zoe’s conversation with Harry sealed the deal with me, towards the end of the novel. The honesty and straightforward exchange that took place between them, how they exposed themselves to each other, they realized that they are not alone but are alike. I loved it! It’s the power of friendship and family, although these individuals might not be perfect, Alice finally sees that they are important and that they are needed. I really enjoyed this novel and although it was my first novel by Sally Hepworth, it will not be my last. I won a copy of this novel in a Goodreads giveaways- thank you Goodreads. This review is my own opinion.
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JamesJohnCudneyIV More than 1 year ago
4+ of 5 stars to Sally Hepworth's The Mother's Promise, a touching story that will give you a tremendous amount to consider. I received this ARC from St. Martin's Press as a giveaway through Goodreads, choosing it because it had a gripping summary and a similar sentiment as the book I'd recently written. It definitely was worth the read: a ride through your emotions with several eye-opening questions to ponder. Story Alice and her 15-year-old daughter, Zoe, have lived on their own in California most of their life. Alice assists the elderly with day-to-day errands and health matters while Zoe battles her social anxiety disorder. When Alice discovers she needs to have a tumor removed, and then learns the cancer will need extensive chemo and radiation, she's at a loss as to who will help take care of her daughter during the recovery period. Enter Kate, a 30ish patient advocate / social worker who's trying to have her own baby but has had several miscarriages. Kate realizes Alice has no one to help care for her and brings in another aide, Sonja, to help find a solution. Sonja's got her own problems with a husband who has increasingly become combative and potentially abusive. Each of the 4 women figure out how to face their problems, working on their own and together at different times. Each suffers a major blow to their future and doesn't know where to turn. Will they come together somehow in the end to help each other out, or is it too late? Strengths 1. I could clearly picture each of the 4 women in my mind and felt connected to their plight. They were strong and weak, tragic and flawed, beautiful and hopeful. I watched them take 2 steps forward and then 1 awful step backward. And thru each mini-journey, I wished I could be there to help them figure out how to find a connection. 2. I expected this to be a tale of emotional sorrow. I expected this to be full of questions and a push for me to decide how I'd handle such a situation. But two little bombs are dropped along the way (no spoilers here) in such light, easy fashion, I literally dropped the book from shock. I didn't expect those 2 moments to hit when they actually hit. It wasn't as though everything was going well and suddenly something bad happened... I was already sad / worried for the character and then the carpet was ripped out... with no notice. Was a fantastic trick on Hepworth's part, and I won't say more because every reader should feel that sucker punch I felt. Suggestions I think the book ended a little too quickly and was possibly a little too wrapped up. I would have liked to see some of the final drama drawn out a bit more, a reflection on what happens afterwards, a glimmering hope for something positive beyond the immediate ending (which may or may not have been painful -- I am not saying right now). Final Thoughts I will absolutely read other books by this author. It was humming along for the first 30 to 40 percent, and I liked it, but I was fine putting it down to read another book at the same time. I can only take so many emotional roller-coaster stories at one time, so incorporating a cozy mystery or a happy book is often necessary. Then I hit chapter 48 (note, they are short chapters) and I filled with rage, angst and fear... I read for 2 hours non-stop, putting it down only for 30 seconds to post another update on Goodreads to say "What???? A second gut punch... I can't..." And that's exactly how it happened. That said... the questions to ponder:
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
This is an emotional story of a mother's love and what a mother will always do for her child. Alice is a single mother to her daughter Zoe. It has always been just Alice and Zoe. Zoe is 15 with social anxiety disorder. Alice is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Alice's parents died years ago and her brother Paul is an alcoholic. She has zero support system for herself and Zoe. Kate is the oncology nurse assigned to Alice and Sonja is the social worker. Between Alice, Kate, and Sonja they try to do everything they can to help Zoe. As the treatments become more time consuming and the subsequent infections become hospital stays, Zoe and Kate become close. Kate takes Zoe into her home so she doesn't end up in foster care. This is a story of a mother's love, strangers that become family, and ultimately what makes a family. I loved this book. It is an emotional roller coaster and will stay with you forever.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book offered on Net Galley, I quickly requested it. I had read "The Things We Keep" and had loved it. Yes, it was sad and emotional, but it was about real life, emotions, reality and that you don't always get what you want. I found the same thing with this book. Alice and Zoe are a family, a mother and daughter that have seen each other through hard times and good times. Alice has spent many hours helping Zoe try to get over her severe social anxiety. So crippling that she has no friends, no outside life other than her and her mother. One day Alice is diagnosed with a life threatening disease and her fears for Zoe only add to her frustrations. The journey that this mother and daughter take are in this book are highly emotional and true to the author's past writings. She does a beautiful job in the story and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
) I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press and MacMillan Publishing for the Advanced Reader’s Edition of “The Mother’s Promise” by Sally Hepworth. The genre of this book is women’s fiction. Wow!! Kudos to Sally Hepworth for this amazing reading treasure! I can appreciate the author’s research for medical matters and care. In addition, I find that the author’s descriptions of her characters are fantastic. This is a very emotional read, so make sure that you have a box of Kleenex tissues. I did laugh at times, I cried at times. I didn’t want the story to end. The characters in this novel revolve around Alice, a single mom and her daughter Zoe. The two have a unique relationship. Zoe is a fifteen year old girl with social anxiety disorder, and panic attacks. Alice works as a home health aid, and makes sure to be there whenever Zoe needs her. Zoe is extremely dependent on her mother. There is no support system for Alice and Zoe. Alice is always there when Zoe needs her. When Alice gets sick, Kate , a nurse and Sonja, a social worker get involved . Kate and Sonja are complex characters with conflicted lives. Sally Hepwoth writes about fear,weakness, strength, optimism, hope, trust,friendship,family and love. I would highly recommend this touching and emotional novel.