Today I am delighted to turn Delighted Reader over to Joely Sue Burkhart, author of Yours To Take. A special Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers. Welcome Joely!
Mothers and Daughters
Speaking as a mom of three daughters, I think the relationship between a mother and her daughters is special AND complex. We want them to grow up strong, independent, and beautiful both inside and out — yet I think we always want them to stay sweet and innocent too. It’s bittersweet to watch them grow up and become young women themselves, and I’m constantly having to catch myself trying to shield them from the world.
I have a similarly complex relationship with my own mother. We were very close when I was a kid, but I married young (at 18), moved away to college, and eventually, my parents divorced. My mom has since remarried. Nothing’s the same any more. Our family farmhouse is gone, we don’t have the huge family dinners like we used to. Trying to plan Christmas that involves both my parents — at different locations — can be challenging. Yet I’m thankful that both my parents are still living and can share so much with my children.
I tried to capture some of that complexity in Vicki’s story, YOURS TO TAKE. If you’ve read any of the Connagher books, you’ve already heard of her formidable mother, “Mama” Virginia Connagher. To say they butt heads is like saying it gets hot during the summer in Texas. To make it even more fun, both of them are dominants. Proud, strong, powerful women who don’t take shit off no one, least of all each other. If Mama says the sky is blue, Vicki’s got something to say about it.
Yet when Vicki’s life is falling apart, Mama’s the first person she calls, because Mama always knows exactly what to say.
Happy Mother’s Day – here’s a teary snippet celebrating Moms from YOURS TO TAKE:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stop by my blog for details about the $100 online book gift certifcate I’m giving away!
Joely is graciously giving away a digital copy of Yours To Take. For a chance to win, leave a comment below letting us know how you celebrate Mother’s Day.
Giveaway ends May 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM.