At 42, successful Kate has recently married widowed CEO Paul St. James. Although very happy, Kate's never had children and is nervous about his son and daughter's upcoming visit from boarding school. Then Paul is arrested and imprisoned for corporate fraud, and Kate's life becomes awash in queen-bee mothers, soccer, school politics, bake sales and a hostile stepdaughter who's discovering boys. Can she hold the family together? Tanya Michaels' Motherhood Without Parole (4) is a sympathetic, wonderfully drawn portrait of a woman completely changing her life -- and feeling herself going under. Her relationships with her sister-in-law and stepdaughter are wonderfully written as they move from hostile to understanding.
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Page Traynor