MOTHER OF PEARL Barrie Graeber Has Two Great Kids, A Loving Husband, And A Respected Job As The High School Counselor In Her Close Knit Community Without Warning, Everything Unravels When Her Teenage Daughter, Pearl, Is Betrayed By Friends And Lashes OutNothing Prepares This Mother For The Helplessness That Follows When Her Attempts To Steer Her Daughter Back On Course Fail And Pearl Shuts Her Out Or When She Discovers The Unthinkable About Her Nemesis, The Football Coach Emotionally Riveting And Profoundly Moving, Mother Of Pearl Brings Us Into The Heart Of A Mother Bound By An Incredible Burden, Who Ultimately Finds She Must Recognize Her Own Vulnerability And Learn To Trust In Something Much Bigger

Kellie Coates Gilbert has won readers hearts with her compelling and highly emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives A former legal investigator, she is especially known for keeping readers turning pages and for creating nuanced characters who seem real In addition to garnering hundreds of five star reviews, Kellie has been described by RT Book Reviews as a d

[Reading] ➺ MOTHER OF PEARL By Kellie Coates Gilbert –
  • Paperback
  • 303 pages
  • Kellie Coates Gilbert
  • English
  • 28 August 2019
  • 9781426733437

10 thoughts on “MOTHER OF PEARL

  1. says:

    This book will touch your heart in many ways and I felt a range of emotions from sadness to anger to joy.If you are on social media at all, you see many stories that fit into the MeToo movement This could be one of those stories I m hesitant to say too much because it would give away part of the story, but this is the story of Pearl whose life ended too soon with some secrets that hadn t been told yet It is also her mother s story and her actions and reactions to losing her daughter.My heart broke for Barrie when she finds out her daughter is gone I can t imagine what it is like to lose a child But at the same time, I wondered how long she was going to be so wrapped up in the loss of her daughter that she would alienate her husband and lose touch with her son However, her perseverance in seeking the truth made the rocky months worthwhile.There are times when I wonder if certain things had gone another way if the truth would have come out sooner But then the book would have been over way too soon.

  2. says:

    Just to add a bit of background this is my cousin s book I find it difficult to review it because of that not because we re super close or anything, but because the author is no longer a distant idea of a person, but a real, tried hard to make this thing perfect writer I hate to hurt anyone s feelings, and I know how I feel when I m critiqued on something I worked hard on.I worried about the Christian aspect of it, not because I m not religious but because I don t read Christian fiction so I didn t know what to expect I went into it hopeful, but worried and in the end, this book is so much better than I expected it to be What Really See, I knew this was published by a Christian publication house, so I had my own preconceived notions of what this was going to entail Surprisingly though, even though finding the grace of and connection with God gets prominent about half way through the book, it wasn t overwhelmingly so It was there, obviously, but it didn t make me feel like all the book was about was how this mom gets through everything that s happening to her because she finds God, is saved, and is magically healed I know this isn t really how things work, but this is really, truly what I thought it would be like So if you re worried about reading any Christian fiction because of these ideas, then, at least with this book, don t worry about it This book falls somewhere between a 4 and 5 maybe closer to a four than a five, but it s a debut novel, so that tips my scale The plot and characters are believable, which is probably why when I guessed parts of it, I continued reading the book I felt really connected to the story and the main character Barrie Even though the book cover a long time period, I never felt like it was draggy or hard to get through I really wanted to know how it would all end up and where it was all going One side note, Pearl doesn t play as much of a direct role in the story as the blurb about the story makes it seem, or at least not as much as I thought she would I ll definitely read anything else Kellie writes without hesitation

  3. says:

    Oh, I loved this book Just as the summary says, it is emotionally riveting and profoundly moving I cried and cried while reading Mother of Pearl outright crying while reading is a rare thing for me I was sitting on my couch during my baby s nap time, with a box of tissues next to me The book was just so moving, I could not hold the tears in I don t think I would have been so affected, but for the fact that I am a mother now and could really identify with Barrie That s not to say that Mother of Pearl was a depressing book There were sad events, to be sure, but ultimately the book was uplifting and ended on a positive note Mother of Pearl is written from Barrie s perspective which I loved I ve read so many coming of age stories written from the teen s point of view, it was nice to read one from the mother s perspective Except that Mother of Pearl was much than a coming of age story It was about so many things the relationships within a family and extended family, people dealing with overwhelming loss, and people growing in faith or coming to faith for the first time Gilbert writes about a messy situation one that is becoming all too common in our society, and how it affects one family, and the community as a whole.I loved reading about all of the relationships in Barrie s life From her relationship with her husband and children, to her interactions and troubled past with her own mother, to her friendships with her coworkers, every interaction served to enlighten the reader to Barrie s character She changes so much throughout the novel, and grows in ways she never thought possible I loved how she transformed from someone who shied away from Christians and inwardly groaned whenever someone brought up God or faith, to someone who comes to lean on God in all things By the end of the book, Barrie s view on the world is totally transformed, through events which are horrifying but ultimately strengthen her and mold her into a new person.Gilbert s pacing was excellent Mother of Pearl covers about a year in time I m approximating here without feeling like the story jumped around or moved too fast or too slow The story moved at just the right pace, which kept me reading long past the time I thought I would stop I was so, so happy with the ending of this book I loved the way Gilbert handled the events that concluded the story She turned the focus towards inner change, and ultimately, activism on Barrie s part I loved seeing the glimpse into the future and how Barrie becomes an advocate for troubled teens I m trying hard not to say too much because I don t want to give the story away.If you re a fan of contemporary fiction, women s fiction, or Christian fiction, this book s for you If you typically shy away from Christian fiction, be advised that the faith element is subtle enough for those new to the genre to like the book I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to read from Kellie Coates Gilbert

  4. says:

    Do you ever start a book and think ok, I know what this is going to be about Well, I did that with this book and got it totally wrong It was interesting to read the different reactions to what happened to Pearl I liked the way Barrie fought for her daughter even though everyone was telling her to let it go She just knows something is not right and refuses to give up on finding the truth.I think at it s heart, this book is about having faith even during times of struggle A long time ago, there was a show called Touched by an Angel One of the characters said having faith doesn t mean we will never have bad experiences It means we will have something to hold on to and help us through bad experiences That is what I thought of as I read this book Even though the basis of this story is sad, in the end it has a positive message.A well written debut by Ms Gilbert I look forward to from this very Talented author.Thank you to Abingdon Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.Publish date September 1, 2012.

  5. says:

    I think there s the potential for a great story here, but it felt disjointed to me There were several story lines that were picked up and then dropped Still, the main character is likeable and the story is suspenseful.

  6. says:

    Heart wrenching yet filled with grace and hope, Kellie Coates Gilbert s Mother of Pearl is beautifully written and a book that needs to be read by everyone with a child or grandchild Novel Rocket and I give it a high recommendation.

  7. says:

    This book ranks among my favorites It was compelling and relevant, hard to put down This was Kellie s debut novel and I hope she continues to write on this level Highly recommended.My review says it all

  8. says:

    I am not really sure what it is about this book that I didn t like To me it was predictable and the characters were just too perfect, everyone except Barrie Pearl is the perfect daughter until she sees her boyfriend with her best friend Barrie is the perfect school councilor, though she doesn t like the football coach, until the accident Steve is the perfect husband and Aaron is the perfect son The concept of the story was good, I just wasn t impressed with the book.

  9. says:

    Kellie Coates Gilbert in her new book, Mother of Pearl published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Barrie Graeber.From the back cover The day my precious Pearl entered this world, I said goodbye to my heart It would not be the last time School counselor Barrie Graeber s world shatters when her teenage daughter sneaks out in the middle of the night and is killed in an automobile accident Amidst her grief, nothing prepares her for the news that Pearl was pregnant at the time of her death and that Barrie s nemesis, the high school football coach, is responsible.Barrie vows to do whatever it takes to bring the sexual predator to justice But when the prosecution accepts the popular coach s plea bargain, Barrie feels forced to seek her own retribution, placing her marriage at risk and damaging her family and career relationships Absolute truths and convictions are put to the test, and Barrie must recognize her own vulnerability and find the grace to re examine her need for vengeance and her trust in God.This is a book that should be made into a TV movie Mother of Pearl is filled with tension and many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat The story is about sexual predators and the effects they have on the families of the young people they prey upon A predatory attack upon an innocent young girl sends her spinning into self destructive behavior that the parents don t understand the reason for When Barrie finds out that Pearl was pregnant when she died she and her husband are shocked In the hands of a less skillful writer this book could degenerate quickly However, Ms Gilbert is highly talented and keeps, not only the story moving, but she keeps it at a high level of quality Mother of Pearl is about taking vengeance Barrie wants to take her own when it seems the courts fail her However that begins to do all kinds of damage to her relationships So she finally has to put up her hands and give her desire for vengeance over to God who said that vengeance was His The last ten pages of this book will keep you reading as fast as you can Ms Gilbert makes you care for all the characters and their journey This is also just plain fun and exciting as well Don t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep.If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Abingdon Press I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  10. says:

    To say I loved this book is an understatement I do not often read contemporary fictionI really love historicalbut I am SO GLAD I read this book My only chance to read lately is when I run on the treadmill and use my iPad to readit didn t take long for me to want to extend my running sessions b c I didn t want to get off This book captivated me The writing is so intimate and the storyline hits you hard I m not going to go into what actually happens in the storylineyou can read the summary in a million placesbut I will say that at one point I was running and started to bawl like a baby The story got to me so much I had a major ugly cry going on So much so that I could barely run It was awful and awfully great I don t cry that easily and this book really brought it out in me This story is so touching and will turn every mother heart into mush The depth of love that Barrie has for her daughter Pearl will touch you and move you to reach out even to your own children and know exactly what their sweet hearts are dealing with.The way the author brings the reader through the events that Barrie, the main character, goes through is amazing I have started telling everyone I know about this book b c it was such a hold your breath read.I have to say that the intensity and court room drama reminded me of a Jodi Picoult bookonly I liked Gilbert BUY this book.

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