Saturday, January 28, 2017

The mothers

The mothers / Brit Bennett, 278 pgs.

The three main characters are Nadia, a brainy and beautiful seventeen year old whose mother just committed suicide, Aubrey, the "good girl" who volunteers extensively at the church and wears a purity ring, and Luke, the preacher's son who is not as good as his parents hope.  As teens, Nadia and Luke hook-up but the relationship is doomed by events.  Later, Luke and Aubrey discover each other and marry.  Nadia and Aubrey are best friends who keep in touch while Nadia is going through school but doesn't' know about the past between her husband and friend.  Time goes on and now as adults, these three are tossed into a situation together that results in pain for all of them.

I enjoyed the writing and the way the author builds her characters but part of me wanted someone featured here to be able to move on with their lives.

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