My Mother's Shadow
Addie thinks she knows everything about her mother. But when a stranger appears claiming to be her sister, she realises that her life so far has been a lie. But why?
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Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets...
1958. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother's illness, Liz spends the
Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them) and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.
The Assets of My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott:
Mother/Daughter theme : I lap up mother/daughter themes ...more
The first thing I noticed while reading My Mother's Shadow, is how beautiful everything is described. I really felt like I was right there in the house of secrets. This story fascinated me with all the family history. I must say that I particularly loved a certain line describing the moon....Or maybe it's the moon that has made people giddy tonight, the way it hangs in the sky as if pinned there, low above the stables and bursting full with a strange orange light. This just goes to show how ...more
The story begins in the present day with Addie and her family gathering at home to remember the first anniversary of the death of her mother, Elizabeth. Her death was so unexpected and they are still struggling to come to terms with their loss. The last thing they need is someone turning up on the doorstep claiming to be Addie’s sister.
Elizabeth had a difficult and ...more
What happens when you find out that when you thought you knew someone, it turns out you knew very little? This is what happens to Addie after her mother Elizabeths' death. She always had a difficult relationship with her mother and never could understand why, but a year after her death another woman appears on the doorstep claiming to be Elizabeths' ...more
The novel is set between two eras, with two central protagonists. In 1958 the protagonist is Liz. A young woman, ...more
The story first starts in 1958 when Elizabeth is sent to the country in Sussex to a beautiful country home. But Elizabeth meets and falls in love with a man. Inevitably you can guess she becomes pregnant as the story then changes to years later when Elizabeth's daughter Addie is around. But one day she opens the door to her home to a huge surprise. A woman is standing there claiming to be her twin. But her mother has never mentioned she has a sibling. Is ...more
It took me a while to get into this book, though not quite sure why. The two storlines flow well, Adele's story in the present, and Elizabeth's in the past. I've found Elizabeth's storyline more gripping, the diary style retelling of her life gave insight into a young girl's feelings, her struggle with her mother's terminal illness, a cold father, first love and the time's rigidness to give importance to appearences ...more
My mother’s shadow is a gripping family story with a twist – one that I certainly didn’t see coming! I felt it also reflects on the love and loss between a family.
Nikola has a beautiful yet descriptive writing style. Whilst I was reading, I really felt like I was in the story.
My mother’s shadow is a powerful story that at times will frustrate you and at other times will move you – you may find you ...more
The story ...more
Addie feels she has never been able to live up to her mother's expectations and because of that while her mother was alive their relationship was often strained. It is only after the death of her mother and the fact the ...more
1958 A perfect summer, a young woman in love and having the time of her life.
1999 A family come together on the 1st anniversary of their mother’s death.
This book is written in dual narrative, Addie who is the oldest out of her 2 other siblings, and then through diaries written by their mother Elizabeth Harrington in the 1950’s.
Present day the Harrington family, Graham, the father and his three grown up children, Adele (Addie) ...more
My Mother’s Shadow has a Slice of Life feel to it that I love, making it a good escape for the two weeks it took me to read it. Scott’s writing style is quite straight forward, and I personally found it to be a dyslectic friendly read (which is a must for me to really enjoy it). It keeps ...more
As the Harrington ...more
In December I entered a competition on Nikola Scott's website to win a copy of one of her books. I had read and loved her second novel Summer of Secrets, so when she told me I had won, I was delighted to receive a signed copy of My Mother's Shadow, which was her debut novel.
I have always loved dual timeline stories, because of the way they combine historical with contemporary, and it just works for me. This book is set partly in 1958, and 42 years later. In 1958 we meet Elizabeth who at nearly ...more
One of the things I enjoyed about the book is that is was a wandering journey with subtle plot and character development throughout, rather than a race to the finish. Many authors race to get you to major plot and character points, making the development ...more
This book is a dual time narrative story. The majority of it is made up of Addie telling us about the year that has passed since her mother's death. They had a sometimes difficult relationship that Addie has never been able to understand the reason for, especially as her mother and ...more
We are introduced to Addie and her family who are mourning the death of her mother Elizabeth who passed away unexpectedly a year ago and they are all equally feeling the loss and trying to deal with it in different ways.
Out of the blue, a stranger turns up on the doorstep and introduces herself as Elizabeth’s daughter. Rightfully the family are stunned and in disbelief about this revelation. It makes you think how ...more
Liz's story is then told in 1958 when she was sent to stay at the ...more
She spent ten years working in publishing in New York and then in London, editing other people's books, before ...more