What My Mother Gave Me by Elizabeth Benedict – Book Review

31 successful women writing about their relationships with their mothers – the good, bad and ugly stuff. It is not just about any particular gift that their mother gave them, the stories are all about what role the mother played in their lives – sometimes molding a big chunk of their adult life by their influence. Isn’t that the bigger gift? 

Many have written about physical gifts that their mom presented with an analysis about why they received that gift, which will in turn give a peek into the mother-daughter relationship.

None of these 31 women seemed to have an easy life and sometimes their mothers had even tougher life. But all these women, most of them married, successful and possibly with kids of their own reminiscence their childhood, their teenage years etc during which the mother played a pivotal role. Some stories were sad, some made you cringe, but all these women have come to accept their mothers as they are, for what they are, and for they did in the past.

My Thoughts

There are no words to describe how much I appreciate and is grateful for my mother especially after my motherhood. I cannot imagine the kind of sacrifices and hard work she has put to put all 5 of us through our childhood, teenage years and into adulthood. And this book was just great. I could relate to most of these women on their thoughts.

My review copy from Netgalley was unreadable wherever the author’s names were written. Moreover I could not recognize most  of the names of these 31 women. If I had, I think I could have appreciated the book much more.

Verdict: If you are a daughter, this book is for you. If you are a mother yourselves, this book is just great for you. If you are a man, buy this for you woman :)

Source: Netgalley Review copy

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