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rank 5904
word count 45097
date submitted 08.02.2009
date updated 31.01.2010
genres: Fiction, Other
classification: moderate
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Conversations With My Mother

Rebecca Beattie

A novel of life, death, grief and life after death.

 

In 2005 Charlotte loses her Mother to cancer after a very brief and difficult battle. Her whole world falls apart, and in the months that follow she tries to come to terms with the loss. Her Mother Margaret was her bench mark, the voice in her head, her teacher, her guide and her friend.

Nothing she reads or hears helps her to make sense of the huge hole the loss leaves in her soul or her family. Missing her Mother terribly, she begins to write letters to her Mother telling her how she is feeling what has been happening since she has been away. But somehow it feels a bit one sided to Charlotte, like a self-absorbed conversation where you never ask the other person how they are. She wants to know how things are for her Mother.

Margaret may be gone, but she is never far away from Charlotte. She tells her side of the story, in the hope that Charlotte will learn to hear the truth of what has happened, and slowly the tale of both women starts to unfold.

 
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, daughter, death, grief, grieving process, life, life after death, mother, spiritual

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Frank James wrote 1338 days ago

To Rebecca,

This book, or collections can only go on one place - my bookshelf. Beautifuly written and with feeling. It brought a lump to my throat. My own mum and dad have both left us and do you know, I still miss them and I like to think of myself as being reasonably tough. I have no problem BACKING your book.
Frank James (The Contractor)

Burgio wrote 1460 days ago

This is a wonderful story. Every reader who has had a mother die (and that's millions of readers) will relate to Charlette immediately. The idea of writing this as a group of letters is clever. Creates short yet thought provoking chapters so it's an easy read. More important, the letters are not only a form of catharsis for Charlette. They are for your readers who haven't finished grief work as well. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

soutexmex wrote 1465 days ago

Excellent long pitch. Really told me what I needed to know. But I am not a fan of the short pitch. Seems too generic. Being Authonomy's #1 commentator and amateur pitch doctor, trust me, spend some time on your pitches; I cannot overemphasize how you need to master this basic sales technique to grab the casual reader. That's how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. SHELVED!

I can use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key
Authonomy's #1 rated commentator

Joss64 wrote 1470 days ago

Backed with Pleasure! Jocelyn E. Morris ( Bore No More)

lynn clayton wrote 1471 days ago

Rebecca, this is so wonderfully written. Many people have experienced the same - I have not long ago - but I would be unable to express it with the eloquence and emotion you have used here. Brilliant. Backed. Lynn

MerysAch wrote 1800 days ago

Hello Rebecca,

THis should be rising the ranks, but it's not being noticed. You need to interact on the site, read and comment on lots of books and put the ones you like on your shelf. This is so well written and powerful it would be a shame not to get more feedback and have it rise. It's only on one shelf when it should be on a lot more.

The subject is powerful and the scene on the train is terrific. I'd cut the last line about her being dead - we know from the pitch.

I'm putting this on my WL.

Best wishes,

Joanna



Hi Joanna,

That is really good advice, thank you. I will try and put myself "out there" a bit more.

kind regards,

Rebecca

Joanna Stephen-Ward wrote 1800 days ago

Hello Rebecca,

THis should be rising the ranks, but it's not being noticed. You need to interact on the site, read and comment on lots of books and put the ones you like on your shelf. This is so well written and powerful it would be a shame not to get more feedback and have it rise. It's only on one shelf when it should be on a lot more.

The subject is powerful and the scene on the train is terrific. I'd cut the last line about her being dead - we know from the pitch.

I'm putting this on my WL.

Best wishes,

Joanna

MerysAch wrote 1800 days ago

Hi there,
This is a powerful and emotive read. I lost my father 22 years ago and the thought of losing my mother scares the life out of me. This is a hard topic to deal with but I think you do so exceptionally well, Charlotte is a very real character, you portray her feelings so that I can understand how she is feeling. Telling the story from Margaret's POV too is a good idea, it gives the reader another slant on things as these stories are often told only from the POV of the person left behind. You write well, this flows and is an easy read. This will stay with me for a long time - SHELVED!
AnnabelleP
(Adelaide Short)



Thank you Annabelle, I am really touched by your feedback.

AnnabelleP wrote 1802 days ago

Hi there,
This is a powerful and emotive read. I lost my father 22 years ago and the thought of losing my mother scares the life out of me. This is a hard topic to deal with but I think you do so exceptionally well, Charlotte is a very real character, you portray her feelings so that I can understand how she is feeling. Telling the story from Margaret's POV too is a good idea, it gives the reader another slant on things as these stories are often told only from the POV of the person left behind. You write well, this flows and is an easy read. This will stay with me for a long time - SHELVED!
AnnabelleP
(Adelaide Short)

Duncan Watt wrote 1892 days ago

Hi Rebecca...

I am going to watchlist this book until I have more time to read further. Your writting is quite exceptional and I think you have captured the emotions of your story fully. Only one comment to make so far... I wondered if it would be better if you concentrated on one person, instead of changing from mother to daughter in each chapter... It Is a bit confusing at times. Only a suggestion, but would it be less confusing split into two seperate parts... one for the mother and one for the daughter?

Your writting does, however, convey the two powerful characters in each chapter and the strong bond between the two, from both points of view. I wil certainly read more, and be in touch after having read more. All the Best... Regards... Duncan.

MerysAch wrote 1892 days ago

Hi, I wonder if you could clear something up for me please. Your long pitch uses the word I which made me think it was non-fiction and was about you personally but at the end of chapter one you discover that it is the dead mother talking.
Hayley:-)



Hi Hayley, I am sorry if it was a bit confusing. I have re-worded the long description to make it a little clearer.

Thank you for your comments - it is always great to have feedback!

Hayley Hurren wrote 1892 days ago

Hi, I wonder if you could clear something up for me please. Your long pitch uses the word I which made me think it was non-fiction and was about you personally but at the end of chapter one you discover that it is the dead mother talking. If it is fictional I think that maybe I would have chosen to say , In 2005 Margaret lost her mother to cancer.... yet if it is from you telling us how you came to write this book then maybe it should be on your Me page. Sorry if I'm being stupid. Otherwise I'm enjoying it. I've only read the first three chapters but I do like your descriptions, especially "...walk through the veil.." in chapter two. I'm curious to see how this pans out so am adding you to my shelf as I think you have a great storyline here, one that millions of people can identify with.
Hayley:-)

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