Seaside by Terri Blackstock
Maggie Downing invites her adult daughters for a week of fun in the Florida sunshine, expecting that they will be able to regain some of the closeness they have lost over the years. But both daughters initially resist: Sarah pleads the excuse of not being able to leave her two young children, while the younger Corinne claims she cannot take a vacation from the three fledgling businesses she is trying to run. They do come, but are armed with cell phones and laptops, ignoring their mother’s requests for the three of them to spend quality time together. Then Maggie reveals that she has struggled for a year with ovarian cancer and expects to lose the battle sooner rather than later. As the daughters deal with the shock and try to come to terms with the possibility of losing their mother, old bitterness and rivalry ebb away.
I love stories about women, especially mothers and daughters or friends. The book was a quick read at only 128 pages, but the story was powerful and kept my attention. I loved that Maggie rented the seaside house and then sent her daughters Corrine and Sarah tickets so they would be less likely not to come.
I loved that even though they had a not so good relationship with each other, they invested the time to talk about their feelings and in the end they realized just how important they were to each other. Many readers will be able to relate to the sisters and mother, and it has a lesson in it that we all can benefit from.
This is a wonderful book, and even though it’s such a quick read, it’s a story that will stay with you for years, and I would recommend it to women of all ages.