Book Review: My Mother’s Gift by Steffanie Edward

Next up is a book that will touch your heart. You may need to get out the tissues for this one.


When Erica gets a phone call to say her mother, Ione, is ill in St Lucia, she knows she must go to her. Though the island – the place of her mother’s birth – is somewhere that Erica has never seen as her homeland.

Even when the plane touches down in the tropical paradise, with its palm trees swaying in the island breeze, the sound of accents so like her mother’s own calling loud in the air, Erica doesn’t find herself wanting to stay a moment longer than she has to.

But stepping into her mother’s house, she is shocked by what she finds. Her mother’s memory is fading, her once-immaculate house is now dirty and messy, and she’s refusing help from anyone but family. And Erica knows she must stay with her, even though it means leaving everything else behind.

What she doesn’t know is that – even as her mother’s memories get worse – Ione still has a final gift for her daughter. Because the unspoken secrets of their past are about to emerge, changing everything Erica thought she knew about her mother, her home, and who she really is…


My Mother’s Gift is an emotional read, especially for those that have dealt with Alzheimer’s. For those of us who haven’t, the author presents an honest, heartfelt account of what that experience can be like.

I have to admit that I want blown away by this book. Honestly, I prefer books with lost of twists and turns. What this book is is an account of a certain period of time in two women’s lives. I wasn’t able to relate in any way to the characters, but I could appreciate the pain that they felt. I was also able to feel the love between the characters, and the emotion the author put into this story.

I also loved the setting of My Mother’s Gift. St. Lucia sounds like a wonderful place and the people and scenery there shed some light into the heavy lives of the characters.

Sounds like something you would like to read? Pick up your copy of the book here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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