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10.11.2012

Mother of Pearl ~ Review

Mother of Pearl 
By Kellie Coates Gilbert

How far would you go for your child?

In the drive to win at all costs is there ever a time when the cost is too high?  Barrie Graeber is about to find out.

As a high school counselor Barrie tries to guide and advise the students in career choices.  But her authority is being undermined by football coach  Michael Warren.  And worse yet the school is unwilling to follow Barrie's suggestions as long as Coach Warren is winning.

Pearl Graeber is the perfect daughter and student until her heart is broken by a betrayal of her boyfriend and her best friend.  Pearl's life begins unraveling and Barrie is unsure how to help her hurting daughter.

Then the unthinkable happens and Barrie's life is altered forever.  Left with a choice Barrie fights the stand firm and to right a wrong that could have been prevented.  But to see justice through Barrie must stand against the the all mighty worship of athletic accolades to protect the vulnerable from the predator.

Mother of Pearl is a timely offering that should open dialog about what the true importance of athletics in today's world and the cost of figures of authority crossing the line.

Mother of Pearl looks at the emptiness of life when we don't have a personal, daily relationship with God.  When tragedy strikes how do we react?  Do we turn to God?  Or do we lean on our own strength?  

When we are in the midst of trouble we learn not only who our true friends are, but also the true character of those around us.  This is a thought provoking book that I would recommend to anyone involved with high school and sports.  

Mother of Pearl deals with the hot topics of teen drinking, pregnancy, inappropriate adult/teen behavior  and death.  This is the perfect book to use to open dialog with your family about any of these topics. 

I received a copy of this title from the publisher for the purpose of this review in conjunction with this Pump Up Your Book blog tour.  All opinions expressed are my own


About the Book:
Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as the high school counselor in her close-knit community. Then, without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out.
Barrie’s attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail. Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when Pearl shuts her out . . . or when the unthinkable comes to light about her nemesis, the football coach.
MOTHER OF PEARL is a story that puts absolute truths and convictions to the test. It’s the emotionally riveting tale of a woman who finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger.

About 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.
Her latest book is the Christian fiction, Mother of Pearl.