With her daughter attending college, Hannah O'Connell,
recovering from a hysterectomy, feels less a woman. She
escapes to a happier time over a decade ago when her loving
spouse Sam and their child gave her a special Mother's Day
gift of a garden containing three lilac bushes. The number
represented the members of their family. Hannah wanted more
children, but alas no more ever came. Her problem with the
past is that she also recalls her ugliest incident from her
teen days that she has hid from her spouse.
Sam fears that he lost Hannah as she rejects him more
each day, but rather than reach out to her, Sam begins to
hide his hurt as he learned to do in an abusive childhood.
Hannah finds an abandoned baby and believes that the infant
has saved her life. Sam supports her quest to become the
baby's foster parent. As the O'Connells struggle to save
their teetering relationship, Hannah's high school
sweetheart Tony Blake has returned. He wants Hannah back
and will use the baby as a pawn to obtain his obsession.
MOTHER'S DAY GARDEN is an emotional look at a person in
trouble due to feelings of inadequacies that impact her
relationships with her loved ones. The engrossing story
line draws the audience into the problems confronting
Hannah and Sam though Tony seems more of an unnecessary
intruder. Readers who relish melodramatic relationship
dramas will want to read Kimberly Cates powerfully angst-
laden tale of a family in crisis.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 22, 2002