Listen free for 30 days

Her Mother's Daughter

Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
3 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

1980: Josephine flees her home in Ireland to start a new life in London - but can't leave her traumatic childhood behind. 

Seventeen years and two children later, her sister calls: their mother is dying and wants to see Josephine. It's a summons she can't refuse.... 

1997: Ten-year-old Clare can't wait for the summer holidays, when she will meet her grandparents in Ireland for the first time. She hopes this trip will put an end to her mum's dark moods - and drinking. But family secrets can't stay buried forever, and following revelations in Ireland, everything starts to unravel. Have Josephine and her daughter passed the point of no return?

©2018 Alice Fitzgerald (P)2018 Oakhill Publishing

More from the same

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for DubaiReader
  • DubaiReader
  • 04-02-19

Past, but not forgotten.

I have just listened to the closing passages of this book and I'm conflicted as to how to review it. There was a lot to commend, particularly the images of Ireland in the 1980s and of the life of an Irish girl, newly arrived to London. The narrative also works well, spoken from the perspective of Josephine, born and raised in Ireland, and her daughter, Clare, who seems mature beyond her years at times.
Unfortunately I was not a fan of the narrator, who had a very twee voice, suitable possibly for the child, but not for her angry mother. And inevitably, my feelings about the book are going to be affected by the ending, as that is currently uppermost in my mind - I just listened to a book that seemed to have two endings and I had just come to terms with the first, when I was presented with a second. I'm left wondering which is true.

It was tragic how the incident that Josephine ran from in Ireland, followed her through life and affected the way she interacted with her children. I really felt for them. Clare does an amazing job of protecting her younger brother, Thomas, from their mother's rages and dark moods. Michael, their father, was a great dad, but completely out of his depth.

As a debut novel this was a worthwhile read and I would certainly read this author again.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Melanie Preston Lewis
  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 11-12-18

Exquisite

An extremely poignant tale, told from the two perspectives of mother and daughter. I thought this was a very clever and unusual concept. It was wonderfully uplifting to hear the thoughts of a child and also, at times, desperately heart breaking. Clare's insights stop the story from being bleak, otherwise Josephine's tale would be altogether too tragic to cope with. Exquisitely narrated by Caroline Lennon, this is a book that will stay in my mind for a long, long time. 5 stars and highly recommended from me.