When Your Mother Doesn't A Novel By Jill Kelly
Nearly three decades of secrets lie between Lola Ashby and the two daughters she reluctantly raised. So when the eldest, Frankie, agrees to visit her ailing mother, who abandoned the girls when they were in high school, Frankie doesn’t hold out much hope for a meaningful connection. But when her younger sister Callie announces that she’s moving to Los Angeles from the East Coast, Frankie badgers her sister into meeting up for an ill-formed family reunion—and to dilute any awkwardness with Lola. It’s a recipe for disaster the sisters know all too well. With Lola doing everything she can to keep them at arm’s length, any hope for reconciliation may just shrivel up and blow away—unless they can find a way to forgive themselves, and one another. Told from the perspectives of three different women—each facing her own hope and hardship—this tender, compelling narrative explores the kind of people we become when those who should love us most let us down, and what, if anything, we can do to heal the wounds of the past.
TitleWhen Your Mother Doesn't
SubtitleA Novel
AuthorBy Jill Kelly
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published23 January 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.

About the author

Jill Kelly is a writer, painter, editor, and coach. Her first memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon Book Award. She is the author of a second memoir, Candy Girl: How I Gave up Sugar and Created a Sweeter Life between Meals (2016), two thrillers (Fog of Dead Souls and its sequel Broken Boys) and a romance, The Color of Longing. Jill lives in Portland, Oregon, with four cats, many books, and two easels. She loves to hear from readers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Deeply moving and profoundly suspenseful, When Your Mother Doesn’t is the unforgettable story of two sisters navigating their way through loss and grief in search of love, and what it means to be a family. A very fine novel from an engaging voice." —Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret "I devoured When Your Mother Doesn't in greedy gulps, fully steeped in this gripping story of three broken women who understand each other so little, yet are bonded by so much. Beautifully written and unflinching, this book is a gem." —Kristina Riggle, author of Real Life & Liars "A heart wrenching and poignant story about mothers and daughters and the secrets they keep. With a plot that twists and turns, Kelly masterfully weaves a compelling narrative which explores how abandonment and sacrifice play out against a backdrop of adversity. Told through multiple perspectives, the novel addresses the complex ways in which women are forced to protect themselves and their daughters. An interesting and provocative read that will have you guessing until the very end." —Tamar Ossowski, author of Left "Slowly peeling back the layers of a complicated set of relationships, Jill Kelly takes the reader on a journey of discovery with her compelling and artful new novel. This is a book full of secrets, loss, and moments of beauty. It will linger with you long after you've closed the final page." —Alice Kuipers, author of Life on the Refrigerator Door “A vibrant voice, powerful and poignant. Jill Kelly weaves a compelling tale that will stay with you long after the final page.” —Colleen Faulkner, author of As Close As Sisters and Just Like Other Daughters
ISBNs: 9781510725843 978-1-5107-2584-3 Title: when your mother doesnt category:FIC 
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