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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review: Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge,from Prospect Park Booksvia Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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From her cruel, beautiful mother, a woman receives an inheritance of debts, complications, threats, and secrets to unravel.

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"My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted."

Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.


Not all mothers are created equal, and for those kids who have a motherwho seems more self- interested, Mother's Day is not always a looked forward day. In this riveting novel that truly screams to be made into a movie, Elsie is every daughter who feels she was always second behind her mother, trying to get her attention. From the first chapter, you will rapidly turning pages, eager to see if Elsie can find the secret that tormented her mother and that will allow Elsie to break free of her past. An interesting look at family secrets and how they can destroy, not help, when hidden for too long, and a great read!

About the Author:

Gina Sorell is a writer, actor, and creative director who was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her family. After two decades as a working actor, including ten years in L.A., she returned to her first love, writing, graduating with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Gina pairs her novel writing with her work as the creative director of Eat My Words, a San Francisco–based branding firm. This is her first novel.

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