Sunday, September 30, 2012

{Glass Road Blog Tour} Mother of Pearl by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Book Description:  Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as a 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.

My Review:  As a an elementary school teacher I was interested in this book since it's about a high school counselor.  We meet Barrie Graeber who has a loving, supportive husband, Steve,  and two kids.  Her oldest daughter, Pearl, is in high school.  Pearl is every mother's dream child....popular, on the high school drill team, cute and sweet.
Her second child, Aaron (aka Scoot) is a tween.  At twelve years old Scoot is a sweet boy who loves his family.  
The story begins with Barrie in the school trying to finish up to go and see her daughter perform in the drill team at the football game.  A high strung student comes to her door and Barrie feels obligated to stay and see the girl through her tears.  Barrie barely makes it to the game. She does make it in time to see Pearl perform.  As Pearl and Barrie leave the game and are half way home Pearl sees her boyfriend in the parking lot of a store kissing another girl.  Oh! teen! drama!
This is where the story takes a turn in Pearl's life.  Pearl breaks up with her boyfriend and somehow ends up at the coach's home.  
I truly enjoyed this read.  Mother of Pearl tells the story of one mother's struggle to not only understand the "system"  but to see that justice is served!  A real tear jerker!  Kellie Gilbert writes with an emotion that leaves the reader feeling as if she were Barrie.  
Mother of Pearl tells the story of one mother's struggle to not only understand the "system"  but to see that justice is served!  
Oh! What a great read!
*This book was provided for review by Glass Road PR*
Meet 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.
Kellie currently makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a very spoiled 2.7 lb. Yorkie named Ava.
Please visit her online at

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