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"Award-winning author Cheri Fuller and her daughter, Ali Plum, have been there and have discovered the keys to a healthy relationship. In Mother-Daughter Duet they share their story—each from her own perspective—in which they have experienced distance and tension, growth and challenge, and, ultimately, acceptance and harmony. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on several basic principles (letting go; listening; respect; setting boundaries; and more), Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms repair the breach so that daughters want to draw close."
My life is beyond the place where Ali finds herself, and I have not yet reached the blessing of grandchildren like Cheri. But this book resonated with me. My mom still calls to warn me about the weather---and I am 45 years-old! Upon its arrival, I immediately jumped to the chapter of navigating new motherhood. Cheri's candor about 'saying the wrong things' and Ali's honesty regarding the postpartum period were refreshing.
Each generation wants the appreciation, understanding, and empathy of the other. Misunderstandings occur, I believe, when we fail to appreciate the differences that time has brought to our world. My mom might not understand why my car isn't in pristine condition, but she didn't ferry four children around to numerous activities while carpooling their pals, too. And I, unfortunately, do not have the amazing gift of hospitality that my mother possesses. I am a bit envious of her ability to prepare a feast with ease. We have different talents and interests, but have celebrated them in each other.
"Mother Daughter Duet" begins with the letting-go process of the graduating teen. Thinking of my eleven-year-old little girl, I read these pages with misty eyes. When my daughter reaches the age when I need to let her fly, I hope I will remember to let her go with an open hand.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.