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Between a Mother and her Child

Between a Mother and her Child [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Noble
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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For Maggie and Bill it was love at first sight . . .

One impulsive wedding later and with the arrival of three perfect children, Jake, Aly and Stan, the Barrett family seem to have it all. Until the day their world stops turning.

When Jake dies suddenly, they're swept away on a tide of grief that fractures Maggie and Bill's marriage. She and the children are left clinging to the wreckage of their family. And they need help, because in her grief Maggie is in danger of losing Aly and Stan too.

Enter Kate, housekeeper, companion and shoulder to cry on. She's here to pick up the pieces and fix what isn't completely broken. But can Maggie trust Kate? And why is Kate so keen to help?

When Bill falls for another woman, Maggie realizes she will have to fight to put her family back together - but will they still want her?

About the Author

Elizabeth Noble lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She has written six previous novels, The Reading Group, The Friendship Test, Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know,The Girl Next Door and The Way We Were, five of which were Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Group reaching Number One.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (16 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141043121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141043128
  • ASIN: B006ZS3CII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read 14 Jan 2012
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I loved this book and I often find womens fiction to be dull, unrealistic or plain I don't often venture into it these days.

This book however was completely different, based on normal people, a normal family who have been struck by a real life tragedy. I loved the characters and could relate to them all, I felt like I knew Maggie! It is not an exciting story full of far fetched romance, scandal or intrigue, but it was REAL....a story that could have been almost autobiographical about someone. I was gripped and I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Maggie and much like my own with my sister.

This book is cleverly written with a gentle tear jerking storyline that I didn't want to end and was the best book I have read in the past year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet! 23 April 2012
By Dot
Between a Mother and her Child is Elizabeth Noble's seventh book and I think it is her best so far. Maggie and Bill's world is torn apart when their teenage son Jake is killed in a tsunami whilst on his gap year travels. Life will never be the same again but life has to go on, especially when you have two other children depending on you. The grief caused by Jake's death leads Maggie and Bill to separate. Maggie's sister from Australia can see that the family is falling apart and enlists the help of Kate; part Mary Poppins and part rent-a-granny; Kate comes into their lives at just the right time. Bill has met another woman and Maggie realises that she may be close to losing Aly and Stan due to the barrier of grief that she has put up around her. Kate will hopefully be able to help but why doesn't she have her own family to look after?
Elizabeth Noble explores the devastating affect that grief can cause within a family. We get to know each member of the Barrett family and see their different perspectives in losing Jake and how it has affected them individually and their relationships with each other.
I thought that the book was really interesting in that Jake's death causes Maggie and Bill's marriage to come to an end but not their relationship. Of course they still have to have contact because of the children but it becomes very clear as the book develops that they still love each other. They may not want to continue their marriage but they must find a way to move on in order to find any happiness in the future.
Elizabeth Noble's writing is very poignant and there were times when I was close to tears. She is so good at giving you all the little details so you feel as though you know the characters completely and this is what kept me turning the pages.
If you haven't read any of Elizabeth Noble's books then I highly recommend them. Between a Mother and her Child is a highly emotional read but worth every page.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing & Boring 9 Feb 2012
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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My expectations for this book were quite high, but what a disappointing read. Other reviewers have outlined the plot, so I won't waste my time repeating it. In a nutshell the basis of the story is about a married couple, Maggie and Bill and the loss of their eldest son - sounds like it could be a good read, but, no it definitely wasn't

This is the first book I have read by this author, and therefore I can't compare it with any of her previous works, but in my opinion it was amateurish to say the least. It was far too long, (457 pages!) and most of it was utter waffle; there was absolutely no substance to the book at all. In addition, it was extremely disjointed - one minute you would be reading about Maggie, then with no flow whatsoever, you were flipped over to another character in the book, i.e. Kate, the live-in housekeeper/companion, who had her own problems or Aly, the daughter of Maggie and Bill. It seemed to me as though the text should be split to a new chapter, but instead it just all rolled into one long boring chapter, time and time again. I did stick with this book to the end hoping it would improve, but it didn't. I have to admit, I was tempted to close it around Chapter 2!!

I apologise to those readers who have given it 5 stars, and for slating this book so much, but I have to be honest with my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Momentous 2 Aug 2012
By Alexander VINE VOICE
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Its the story of a shattered family slowly putting itself together after a major tragedy in the family, how the differing family members coped or rather in some cases didn't cope.
For myself it was slow but readable, the content dragged out, truly the book should have been half the size. Its far too long, with passages that just go on and on and on, yet don't actually seem to get anywhere and hardly add anything to the storyline
I finished it but to be honest was pleased when the last page was read....nothing momentous in the end, just happy ever afters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary lives 14 April 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a modern slice-of-life novel centred on a family. Maggie is still mourning the death of her son and the consequent break-down of her marriage. Her ex-husband is involved with a new woman; Maggie's daughter is going through a difficult teenage stage; and Maggie's sister is in the throes of love.

I have to admit I found this dull and just very, very ordinary. I expected something far more dramatic and emotional but it's very low-key and, for me, quite plodding. I suspect it's one that my mum would enjoy far more than I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Between you and me... 15 Mar 2012
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Elizabeth Noble is a popular author. I read her first novel, Things I Want My Daughters To Know, although I admit, I didn't particularly enjoy it, but I thought I'd give her work another try.

I found this book just as disappointing, if not more so. There is little cohesion, and the plot seems to jump a bit, rather than just flow. The interaction between the reader and the characters is limited because the characters are unrealistic, unengaging and rather cold, so not easy to build a rapport with or an interest in.

This book was a real struggle to read, and it's a shame as the subject matter itself would make a beautiful and rewarding read if written a bit better and with more warmth and feeling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars That's pretty much all there is to say
It's okay. That's pretty much all there is to say. Not too deep or taxing but interesting enough to read it 'til the end. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Annie D
1.0 out of 5 stars So glad we didn't read this book for book group
So glad we didn't read this book for book group , I can imagine the reaction it was awful. It won't let me me leave no stars either !
Published 1 month ago by Mrs S F Bradbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely story
Published 1 month ago by rosieb
5.0 out of 5 stars moving story
I really enjoyed getting to know the families and how they got support from each other and Kate each day
Published 3 months ago by Louise Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Published 4 months ago by mkp
4.0 out of 5 stars -- or a father and his son or a sister and her brother .....
Puzzled by the start but soon got involved with each family member and enjoyed learning more about them. Thought the very end was a bit too good to be true and not necessary.
Published 4 months ago by billsown
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This book is one of her best. Events that happen in everyones family are written here and the story never leaves you unsettled or unfinished.
Published 8 months ago by lyana
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing yet sad
6/10 happy ending with me wanting to read the book from page to page. Love the author and her books
Published 10 months ago by Alexa Lethbridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book, the second one I've read by Elizabeth Noble. Heartwarming story with some very emotional reflections of the characters lives that really get you thinking.
Published 11 months ago by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving story...
This book is well written and the story and emotions of the characters are very moving. Have to admit, I cried several times throughout the book! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Natalie A
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