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Ribbons in Her Hair (Paperback)

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Jean seems the perfect wife and mother but she struggles to love her daughters whose material comforts mask emotional neglect.







When the youngest daughter, Susan, brings 'shame' on the family, Jean can think of only one response. She has to make the problem disappear. Finding the strength to stand up to her mother for the first time in her life, Susan does the only thing that she can to save her baby.







What Susan doesn't realise is that her mother's emotional distance hides a dark secret of her own.







Examining the divide between generations, between mothers and daughters, this emotionally charged novel asks whether we can ever truly understand another, however close our ties.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Health & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyPopular medicine & healthWomen's health Publisher: Headline Publishing Group Publication Date: 23/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9781786155429  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Colette McCormick has previously written short stories, some of them erotic and published under a pseudonym. Following kidney failure, she reassessed her life and wrote her first complete novel, Things I Should Have Said and Done, which was published by Accent Press in 2016.

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What a wonderful story showing changing attitudes through the decades! Susan is the youngest of three daughters and there is no doubt her mother rules the roost. She runs all of their lives and it’s easier just to do her bidding than cause upset. Until, that is, Susan falls pregnant and disagrees with her mother’s way of dealing with the situation. For possibly the first time, her mother is faced with things not going the way she planned, and it has repercussions within the family. Smartly plotted, this is a terrific tale in itself but the author has cleverly shown the differences between the generations. I can fully understand the circumstances; my own mother’s viewpoint was scarily similar to Jean’s (not that she had to deal with any unwanted pregnancies) but what the world thought of her was more important than what her family thought. Perhaps it was the time they were born in? Colette McCormick has her finger on the pulse of each of her characters and this is a book which is hard to put down. The situation is one which has torn many families apart and she has dealt with it with a great deal of understanding and compassion. A thoroughly enjoyable novel and one I’m happy to recommend and give 4.5*.

- 08/11/2021
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