Today's VBT# is from Pump Up Your Books and is Christian Fiction novel "Mother of Pearl" in which I will have a review coming shortly, so readers keep your eyes peeled and ears open :)
Synopsis - Mother of Pearl - Kellie Coates Gilbert - September 2012
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 out.
Nothing 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.
SO, WHAT IS WOMEN’S FICTION ANYWAY?
Kellie Coates Gilbert
Recently, I was asked how I personally define women’s fiction. To me, women’s fiction is
very different from any other genre.Unlike general contemporary fiction, women’s fiction is a story about a
woman (or women) that tells more about her inner
journey than her outer experiences, where relationships are key and the
journey evokes a lot of emotion.
As an author of women’s fiction, I
am on a bit of a soapbox about this topic.So often I hear a category romance author or someone who writes high
adventure claim their stories fit into the women’s fiction category.I disagree.
Authors like Kristin Hannah,
Cassandra King, Elizabeth Berg and others know that readers who long for
stories that focus on a strong character arc, where the woman protagonist
journeys through a plot and becomes someone different in the way they think or
feel by the end of the story,is paramount to satisfying true women’s fiction
Don’t misunderstand. In my novel,
MOTHER OF PEARL, there is a strong plot as a backdrop. The story is about a
high school counselor who learns the football coach has been inappropriate with
her daughter, and how she risks everything to bring him to justice. There are
plenty of twists and turns, and surprises as the reader turns the pages. But,
as protagonist Barrie Graeber journeys through the events in this story, she changes.An inciting incident pulls her from her
regular world and thrusts her into a situation she never expected, was not
prepared to deal with—a situation that made her face her worst fear.
By the end of the novel, Barrie is
forced to examine the inner landscape she’s always relied on and instead must
look outside herself for answers.She
releases her tight grip on her own abilities and steps into unknown territory.
Not that she has pat answers, but she leaves the novel different from the woman
she was on the first page.
And, if I’ve done my job as an
author . . . so does the reader.
About the Author:
Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who writes with
a sympathetic, intimate knowledge of how people react under pressure. Kellie’s
books tell emotionally poignant stories about women in life-changing
circumstances. She writes about messy lives . . . and eternal hope.