A Mother's Love by Santa Montefiore

Published September 8, 2020

A Mother's Love by Santa Montefiore

Book info

  • Title A Mother's Love
  • Author Santa Montefiore
  • Year 2013
  • Genre Contemporary

Celeste is mourning the tragic death of her young son, Jack, from leukaemia. So when she learns that her nephew is coming to stay, she doesn't think she can bear to have another child in the house. But when Bruno arrives, she makes him feel welcome and loved, even though her heart is breaking. She finds sanctuary in the little summerhouse at the end of her garden, where the quilt she was making her son lies unfinished, her love and grief stitched into the material. Having another child in the house brings back all her memories, but stirs up the love that has lain dormant in her. Can she open her heart again? Can love triumph over loss, and hope flourish once more?


I don’t remember why I picked this up, presumably it was a free download from Apple because it’s not the kind of book I would usually purchase. It was a relatively short story about a family torn apart by tragedy and trying to find their way back to a new kind of normality.

I actually thought the first few chapters were good - really feeling how the heart had been ripped out of the family and how the new visitor was making a difference. But the final twist sort of lost me a bit. It worked in the context of the story but I didn’t enjoy the ending as much as I’d hoped. Still, only a short read, nothing lost.

Rating: 2 / 5

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