Gastrointestinal illnesses are icky and therefore stigmatised. But it's there, and it's important that people are able to talk about this. She and her husband have tried everything, including very expensive and emotionally draining fertility treatments — but to no avail. All they have is each other. Perhaps I read these hoping to bring more of it out in me or feel more like one of the girls? Kate suffers from infertility and the heartbreaking experiences she has while trying to conceive form a noteworthy chunk of this novel.
What if, in relying solely on each other, you end up enabling each other's behaviors and realize it a little to late to pick up the pieces? Zoe is worried that Emily will move on and leave her behind. As the book opens, Alice receives some devastating news. But maybe you'll just have to go and read the book for yourself and find the beauty within. Alice is going to need someone to help her through the hardest time in her life. In A Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth, Alice Stanhope and her fifteen year old daughter, Zoe, are thick as thieves, the best of friends, loners.
Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. All of these women are dealing with serious life issues and challenges. It definitely was worth the read: a ride through your emotions with several eye-opening questions to ponder. I highly recommend this touching story of a Momma who gets diagnosed with cancer, and her teenage daughter who suffers from anxiety disorder. I'm not saying it's so unrealistic that it's a damaging image or that some cases really can be changed that easily, but to me it felt like something shoved aside when Alice's future is revealed.
Because each of the four characters is dealing with serious personal issues, each is dealt with on a topical level as the story jumps around to cover them all and connect the threads; I prefer a less is more approach. As the relationship among Zoe and these women evolves, they all confront their own personal problems and secrets. I knew it was going to be an emotional ride after reading the blurb. There is an interesting twist in this that elevates it to 4 stars. Subjects of mental and physical abuse, miscarriages, strained marriage relationship, alcoholism, all are experienced.
Maybe part of it is because of my own circumstances and the fact that I have a teenage daughter? He wonders why I read it. My mom also had endometrial cancer several years ago, so I also could relate with the feelings of dealing with sickness and treatment. It's an important lesson that many fighting cancer discover. But while it was emotional and I definitely ugly cried, it's a book that I won't ever forget. Gotta call a spade a spade: This is definitely 'Women's Fiction'. Sonja is the social worker that Kate is meeting with to discuss Alice's case. Knowing she and Zoe need help, Alice reaches out to Kate, her oncology nurse, and Sonja, her social worker.
. They tell Alice she will need a support person to help her after the surgery. I expected this to be full of questions and a push for me to decide how I'd handle such a situation. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the U. Luckily she lives in a well-to-do neighborhood in San Francisco, Atherton. As these four come together in this novel, they are all changed by each other and their experiences. Suffering was something that you had to do behind closed doors, in silence, all alone.
Zoe, age fifteen has the normal teenage issues; however, her situation is magnified. Where do we see examples of the effect they have on her in her actions and demeanor? I thought it was very sweet and quite a good read! She has Social Anxiety Disorder. When Alice discovers she needs to have a tumor removed, and then learns the cancer will need extensive chemo and radiation, she's at a loss as to who will help take care of her daughter during the recovery period. Alice Stanhope is a single mother living with her teenage daughter, Zoe, in California. Sonja's got her own problems with a husband who has increasingly become combative and potentially abusive.
There she finds incredible help from nurses and social workers. She is at school and she's trying very hard to follow the rules. Possibly, I would not even be here today. For example, social anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety and more. They are the heroes and heroines of the world.
Now she has met her nurse, Kate. It's not exactly a disease that can be romanticised in literature, which is why you never read about it. All in all, a job well done for a lovely, heartfelt, easy read. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. And despite my annoyance with the characters, they were unique and will probably appeal to fans of chick lit dramas.