I felt that Rosy Thornton portrayed the love, the difficulties and confrontations between Laura and Beth very realistically, and depicted the strong, yet at times fraught, relationships between mothers and daughters very successfully. The author contrasts the loving, caring and concerned nature of Laura’s parenting of Beth, with her always having provided the necessities for a safe, warm welcoming home, even as a single-parent, with the at times ‘wonderful, magical, intoxicating’ behaviour of Willow’s mother, who nonetheless left Willow feeling that ‘She’d never just felt safe.’
‘If Willow at times seemed older than her years, this might be the reason. If the mother could not be a mother, how should the child be a child?’
As both Laura and the reader learn more about Willow’s mother and her past, the tension and sense of foreboding builds.
Published by Sandstone Press
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