Two Reviews: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy & The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Publication Date: May 1st, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars

Mothers groups have begun to gain popularity across the US, including many local groups here in Iowa that host events for new or expecting mothers as a way to provide social opportunities, sounding boards, tips and tricks.

The Perfect Mother follows one such group dubbed “The May Mothers” as one of the member’s babies goes missing after a night out together. Secrets begin to surface about each of the members as police work to find missing Baby Midas.

A riveting read as Molloy has given the reader several mothers, and one father, whom possess perfectly contrasting personalities, helping to aid the reader in not only keeping track of each character but by adding another level of engagement to the already stirringly suspenseful read.  Given I listened to this as an audiobook it would be an injustice to not give a shout out to narrator, Cristin Milioti, as she added an enjoyable layer to this read. Milioti brought to life each character through her flawless British and Southern accents and ability to quickly flip between characters in conversation.

*Disclaimer: A review audiobook was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall

Publication Date: June 19th, 2018

Rating: 3 ½ Stars

“According to Granny, Northerners have a lot of misunderstandings about the South. Like how folks shivering up there in Vermont and Minnesota think we’re picnicking in the warmth and sunshine all winter long – perpetual summer.” (p. 19)

The James Family of Lamoyne, Mississippi live with a negative stigma over their family. Tallulah ran from her small town to escape the whispers and looks, but when her younger brother is imprisoned for murder she feels drawn home to help him.

Crandall beautifully touches on Southern values, mental illness and troubled childhoods in her newest, The Myth of Perpetual Summer, even successfully weaving in the civil rights movement and Vietnam war protests through the time periods captured within. However, like Remains of the Day, current day seems to take a backseat to the past as Tallulah seeks the closure she so desperately needs from her childhood.

*Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.


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