Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Book Review: Mother-Daughter Duet

Okay. True. I don't have any daughters. But I am a daughter. And I have a daughter-in-law-to-be. So I suppose I have every right to read this book. (I also know that when one reads a book about relationships, not all, but some ideas can apply to other relationships, too. One gleans what she can where she finds it!)

Actually, I found Mother-Daughter Duet to be a sweetly insightful book—very much worth my time. Real-life mother and daughter, Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum, write to mothers about strengthening relationships with their adult daughters. They share honest stories from their own relationship which help to illustrate each point. They also include ideas and examples from other mothers and daughters they know and useful quotes from other books on this topic. Within each chapter, Plum writes a section called, “A Daughter's Perspective,” to help moms see things more clearly from a daughter's point of view. Fuller closes each with a summary called, “Two Part Harmony.” There's a discussion guide at the end of the book as well.

In a positive, encouraging, and hopeful way, Mother-Daughter Duet covers topics such as letting go, generational differences, validation, recovering from dysfunction within the family, respect, communication, bonding, weathering crises, understanding the new-mother-daughter, and forgiveness. Overall, the book focuses on relationship building, maintenance, and, sometimes, repairing.

If you're the mother of a grown daughter—the authors mention ages 18 to through her 40's, you'll find useful information in this uplifting book. Daughters can gain insights about themselves and their moms, too. Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing this book for me to review.

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