The Three Mrs. Parkers

The Three Mrs. Parkers

by Joan Medlicott
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Three Mrs. Parkers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MarionMarchetto_author More than 1 year ago
Ingredients: 1 aging widow with hidden illness and secrets aplenty 1 middle-aged widow (daughter-in-law to the aging widow) with plenty of secrets of her own 1 young widow (daughter and granddaughter of the first two widows)with a tragic background Mix together until a lumpy dough forms. Add a token male hero, a few well-intentioned neighbors, a heinous villain, an I-could-see-it-coming climactic moment. Place in a rural southern US setting, and voila! This generational story tells of three women, each a product of her upbringing, and what they bring to the lives of each other. Secrets aplenty abound but they aren't given depth. For three women to overcome their stubborness and meld as one family it takes a lot more than these three give to the plot. I thought Maudie was the best character in the book and she's just a nurse. We learn more about her, her Irish upbringing, and her mam than should be needed for a secondary character. I think this story has possibilities that needed to be fleshed out and broadened. The writing was okay, the story okay (easy to read but leaving one with a 'so what?' attitude), and that's why I've given it three stars. Okay?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This newest novel by Joan Medlicott is superb. The Three Mrs. Parkers follows the lives of three women as they come together to live with each other in the foothills of the mountains near the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. There are many controlling factors that bring each of them to this joining of their lives, and this is a place and circumstance that neither of them would have thought possible. ............................................. Winifred, at age 75, is the oldest of the Parker women and she has traveled the longest distance to reach what she hopes will be a refuge for her in Salem, South Carolina. There she plans to live out her days with her widowed daughter-in-law, fifty-two-year-old Zoe Parker, at Zoe¿s invitation. However, what Zoe doesn¿t realize is that Winifred¿s health is rapidly declining. ............................................. Zoe¿s telephone call asking Winifred to come was quite an unexpected opportunity for Winifred. Unexpected because she and Zoe had never liked each other and hadn¿t been in contact for years. Winifred had never accepted Zoe as her son¿s wife and had cut all ties with both of them shortly after the wedding. However, just as Winifred has an agenda so does Zoe. Zoe badly needs money to keep her from losing the beautiful mountain home that was left to her by her own parents; Winifred could provide the needed finances for that. ............................................. The third Parker woman is Katie, Zoe¿s daughter. Winifred, by her own choice, has never met Katie, although she is her only grandchild. Katie is a young divorcée and has come to Salem following the death of her 9-year-old brain damaged daughter, Laurie Ann. She needs her mother¿s help to heal and a quiet place to grieve. ............................................................. ............................. ***** Joan Medlicott has a knack for getting inside the feelings and dreams of her characters in a way that allows the reader to completely understand and empathize with each of them, and I especially liked the paring of these three remarkable women. As they learn to live together and help each other, these three women redefine the meaning of struggle, compromise, forgiveness, and love. ............................................. This story is not ¿another gentle read,¿ as some like to say. It is HIGH DRAMA as it tells the stories of these women¿s lives. I have to confess that I was not prepared for the obstacles these women had to overcome, and I certainly didn¿t expect to be sitting on the edge of my seat wishing I could bite my nails ¿ but I was! Bring it on, Joan! *****
Anonymous 7 months ago
This was a great story of forgiving family and enjoying the life you have.
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PACEastRutherford More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Joan Medlicott's books - I loose myself when I start reading her books. I really enjoyed this book - I pass along all the Joan Medlicott books to my friends - they love them as much as I do.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
After riding a train from Maine to Westminister, South Carolina seventy-five years old Winifred Parker demands her daughter-in-law pick her up. Holding in her ire because her offer to meet the train was previously rejected, Zoe drives Winifred to her home, the two women barely talk, which has been their relationship since Winfred felt her son Steven married down when he wed pregnant Zoe Amorey. Joining the Air Force, Steven died not long afterward.--- The older woman asks how her thirty years old granddaughter Kathryn (not Kate to the harridan) is doing and how much longer will Kate¿s brain damaged daughter Laura May live. Zoe lies saying her dispirited daughter is fine and her nine years old granddaughter whose name is Laurie Ann could easily live another decade. However, tragedy occurs as Laurie Ann dies. Her spouse Hank left her when Kate refused to place their child in a special care home; Kate spent the next nine years caring for her daughter, but now is alone except for her mother, the only person who was there for her and her daughter. The three women, Zoe, Kate and Winifred share a roof as the oldest and the sandwiched need one another, but the youngest needs the most nurturing at this moment and Zoe informs her in-law if she must choose, Kate stays.--- This three generation family drama will please fans of the author as Joan Medlicott takes readers deep into the thoughts, feelings, and worries of the three women. The story line is character driven as the realistic trio faces different woes and pulls. Though the action is limited, fans insightful contemporary tales will appreciate the profound THE THREE MRS. PARKERS.--- Harriet Klausner