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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rae Meadows Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781427212627
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Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter's skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she's lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.

When a box of Iris's belongings arrives on Sam's doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet's real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?

In confronting secrets from her family's past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting multigenerational study, and writing was okay, but it just sort of ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mamama | 2/1/2014

    " Very interestingly-written. Unsatisfying ending. Could have had much more substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/31/2014

    " Had to get used to moving back and forth among mothers and daughters and different times in their lives but once I did I really enjoyed the poignant stories of lives shared and, especially, not shared. Well done "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting historical fiction that jumped in each chapter between characters and time periods. Sara, current time. Iris, her mother, current day to daydream flashbacks of the late 50s. And Violet, the grandmother, following her story as a child in the early 1900s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaVerne | 1/22/2014

    " A little hard to follow at first, but once you understand the connections between the characters it becomes easier. The book illustrates how little we really know about the thoughts and feelings of the women who raise us. It's one I might read again in a few months now that the characters are clearer in my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/8/2014

    " A lightweight book. Easy read. Forgettable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deidre | 1/2/2014

    " The orphan train story line really tugged at my heart strings but in this case I found the alternating narrators a lil hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 12/14/2013

    " Loved this book. Highly recommend it Very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avalon91 | 11/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed this audio book and the three women. Liked how the author tied up all the loose ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Lind | 10/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well written. I liked that she took the idea of the Orphan Train and created a story that portrayed three generations of women who all shared one another's gifts and limitations. Very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S. | 5/15/2013

    " 3 1/2 byt a good story about the way mothers and daughteres interact, also a bit of information about the orphan trains. Well written and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/1/2013

    " Interesting Tale of the orphan trains. Some of the voices weren't as developed. Overall a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari Plotnik | 11/17/2012

    " I loved this book - I thought the writing style was really great. I related to all of the characters and had a hard time putting it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 11/8/2012

    " Had no ending, don't really like the books that don't wrap it up nice and pretty "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 10/23/2012

    " Disappointing. Multigenerational story of three women in a lineage, told interspersed and back and forth across time. Lots of potential but never amounted to much. Writing was average at best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 8/31/2012

    " Good. Wouldn't say it's the best book I've read but it kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 beachbooks | 8/23/2011

    " Touching story spanning three generations. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 8/19/2011

    " I read this book on the airplane to NYC. Gaylen and I were on our way to see one of our daughters. Our other daughter is expecting her first child, a son, and because of her pregnancy, I understood the emotions and conflicts presented in this book. It made the flight enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mamama | 5/20/2011

    " Very interestingly-written. Unsatisfying ending. Could have had much more substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/28/2011

    " 3 1/2 byt a good story about the way mothers and daughteres interact, also a bit of information about the orphan trains. Well written and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 WMMM | 4/11/2011

    " I would have enjoyed this book more if it was just Sam and Iris, didn't really enjoy Violet's part of the story much, although I understand why it was necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/3/2011

    " A slow starter but I am glad I stayed with it. Three generations of women...their struggles and decisions. I think all mothers make the best decisions they can under their personal circumstances. I liked this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/18/2011

    " Wonderful story of three generations of women in a family. Loved it! "

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