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What Mother Never Told Me Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jun 2013

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: KIMANI PRESS (7 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373534620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373534623
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 16.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,402,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mothers, Daughters, Life 17 Feb. 2010
By Angelia Menchan - Published on
Format: Paperback
What Mother Never Told Me by Donna Hill is one of the most engaging novels I have read on the subject of mothers and daughters. From page one the reader is drawn into the life of Parris McKay as she goes in search of the mother she had been told was dead for 30 years. The story slowly and surely allows the reader to see and feel how and why the deception took place. The story is so well-told that at times I felt as though the mother had betrayed me. However, once I saw the story unfold, my perspective changed, as did my understanding.

Even more compelling is the love story component of Parris and Nick, the man she is in love with. Also the story of the love of her mother's life is very compelling. The back stories about Celeste, a blue-blood, socialite and her mother, as well as Leslie, an overweight, interior designer and her mother are just as fascinating. The unexpected bond between the three women also speaks of sisterhood and the support that women can only give other women. There are also many other romantic layers and flavors that make this book a literary delight.

I recommend What Mother Never Told Me to all readers who love a wonderfully told story.

The book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Angelia Menchan
APOOO BookClub
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Secrets, Deception, Forgiveness & New Beginnings 10 Mar. 2010
By Demetairs Bell - Published on
Format: Paperback
Imagine learning that everything you've been told about yourself was lie. Imagine believing that your mother died giving birth to you only to learn that she's alive and well on the other side of the world. That's exactly what Parris McKay discovers in Donna Hill's latest novel "What Mother Never Told Me". The story is a sequel to Hill's novel "Rhythms" which is the story about 3 generations of women that were scared by the actions of one man. In "What Mother Never Told Me" Parris McKay daughter of Emma Travanti learns of her mother's existence in her grandmother's final moments before dying. It was Parris' grandmother's final request that she find her mother and seek the answers she needs to make herself whole. On this journey to find her mother Parris meets an unlikely source that completes the final piece to the puzzle. It is said the sequel is never better than the first however Hill puts that notion to rest with this story. She continues to deliver stories that are thought provoking, heart wrenching and triumphant. Hill skillfully gives readers the plot followed by wonderful subplots then brings it all together in the end. She cleverly reminds readers that life is about the choices you make and does a wonderful job of weaving fate into her stories. If you enjoy stories of family secrets, deception, forgiveness and new beginnings, I strongly recommend you read "What Mother Never Told Me".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
fascinating tale 4 Mar. 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
Wanting to become a professional singer, Cora leaves her hometown Rudell, Mississippi for Chicago. There she obtains work for an affluent Caucasian family. However, their son rapes her so Cora fled for Rudell unaware she is pregnant.

In Rudell, she marries her childhood sweetheart David, but hell breaks out when their offspring is white. That girl Emma learned to pass as white to gain acceptance. In New York, she marries a Caucasian soldier, Michael who soon afterward is deployed overseas. Emma gives birth to a baby with black features. She sends her daughter Parris to Mississippi to be raised by her mom while fleeing for Europe. However, as an adult, her dying grandma informs Parris that her mom lives so she travels with her Nick to France in search of her biological mother.

Though the saga of an African-American passing as white has been done many times, What Mother Never Told Me is a fascinating tale that focuses mostly on the third generation's search once she knows her "white" mom is alive. The cast is three dimensional as the three generations seem genuine especially their motives even if a reader disagrees with choices. Well written, the character driven story line grips the audience as Emma seeks her mom and she hopes her dad too.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rhythms beating in the hearts of mothers & daughters 7 Jun. 2010
By fee-fee McLaughlin - Published on
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This stand-alone sequel to RHYTHMS begins with a slow, literary dance of lyrical drama and ends with a crescendo of love for friends and family. With vivid characters and poetic words, Donna Hill has made WHAT MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME worth the wait!

When she returns to Ruddell, Mississippi in the wake of her grandmother Cora's transition, Parris is shaken by a resurrection of sorts... her 'dead mother is alive'. As Parris mourns the loss of her grandmother, she is sorrowed even more by the realization that she was 'unworthy of her mother's love'. The earth-shattering news pains her more than the passing of her grandmother. Fortunately, Nick is there to comfort and help Parris heal.

WHAT MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME is a passionate and beautifully-written story of true love, friendship and forgiveness. Each character is touched by another's life, and the dominoes fall into loving and forgiving arms.

I highly recommend this heartwarming novel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great story of my history! 29 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I could not put this book down! I read it in less than 4 days. I easily recognized the characters and their issues. A part of the history of African-American domestic workers was poignantly portrayed; a part of our history that no one wants to admit to today. Yet, we are currently living with those decisions and consequences of those decisions. The characters were believable and the happy ending demonstrated the "right' things to do. Now that I have finished the book, I miss the characters! Alas, it is fiction! I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more from Ms. Hill.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the author at the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Book Festival this past weekend.
I hope this is a sign of a 21st century African-American Literary Renaissance!
Read it!
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