A Song For My Mother by Kat Martin is a book all about several kinds of love; the love between a mother and daughter, the love between grandmother and grandchild, the love between friends, and the love between a man and a woman. It is also about a family’s struggle to come to terms with the past.
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?
The lead character in A Song For My Mother is Marly Hanson. She is a strong and proud women who is raising a daughter that was treated for brain cancer. It is because of the love she has for her daughter and her daughter’s illness that she gives into her wish to visit her estranged mother. As time goes on in A Song For My Mother you learn why Marly has so much resentment and anger towards her mother and distrust of men. Kat Martin lets the reader tag along as Marly faces these things and starts to work through them. It’s a bumpy path, but one that makes for a good read.
Marly’s daughter Katie is an extremely likable character. You feel for her as she meets her grandmother for the first time and as she deals with the baldness from her cancer treatments. She is a sweet and wonderful character and it is easy to see why Marly was willing to face the pain of her past, to make her daughter happy. Their relationship, the relationship Kate forges with her grandmother, and the friendship she finds in Ham, the boy next door are all incredibly heart-warming.
Next up are the “men” next door; Reed Bennet, widower and town sheriff and his son Ham. Each are extremely gallant and hard not to fall in love with. The instant connection between Reed and Marly is hard to deny and easy to enjoy. The friendship between Ham and Kate, like I said is heart-warming, and probably my favorite one in the entire book.
If you are looking for one of those stories that will take interesting twist and turns and will leave you smiling in the end, A Song For My Mother is definitely for you! I would, without a doubt, recommend it as a “must read”!