Conversations With My Mother by Rebecca Beattie

A novel of life, death, grief and life after death.

In 2005 Charlotte loses her Mother to cancer after a very brief and difficult battle. Her whole world falls apart, and in the months that follow she tries to come to terms with the loss. Her Mother Margaret was her bench mark, the voice in her head, her teacher, her guide and her friend.

Nothing she reads or hears helps her to make sense of the huge hole the loss leaves in her soul or her family. Missing her Mother terribly, she begins to write letters to her Mother telling her how she is feeling what has been happening since she has been away. But somehow it feels a bit one sided to Charlotte, like a self-absorbed conversation where you never ask the other person how they are. She wants to know how things are for her Mother.

Margaret may be gone, but she is never far away from Charlotte. She tells her side of the story, in the hope that Charlotte will learn to hear the truth of what has happened, and slowly the tale of both women starts to unfold.

  • Classification: Moderate
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  • First submitted Feb. 8, 2009
  • Last updated Feb. 8, 2009
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  • Retired user
    Frank James wrote 5 years ago

    To Rebecca,

    This book, or collections can only go on one place - my bookshelf. Beautifuly written and with feeling. It brought a lump to my throat. My own mum and dad have both left us and do you know, I still miss them and I like to think of myself as being reasonably tough. I have no problem BACKING your book.
    Frank James (The Contractor)

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    Burgio [Retired] wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    This is a wonderful story. Every reader who has had a mother die (and that's millions of readers) will relate to Charlette immediately. The idea of writing this as a group of letters is clever. Creates short yet thought provoking chapters so it's an easy read. More important, the letters are not only a form of catharsis for Charlette. They are for your readers who haven't finished grief work as well. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of ...
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    soutexmex wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    Excellent long pitch. Really told me what I needed to know. But I am not a fan of the short pitch. Seems too generic. Being Authonomy's #1 commentator and amateur pitch doctor, trust me, spend some time on your pitches; I cannot overemphasize how you need to master this basic sales technique to grab the casual reader. That's how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. SHELVED! I can use your comments on ...
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    Joss64 [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Backed with Pleasure! Jocelyn E. Morris ( Bore No More)

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    lynn clayton [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Rebecca, this is so wonderfully written. Many people have experienced the same - I have not long ago - but I would be unable to express it with the eloquence and emotion you have used here. Brilliant. Backed. Lynn

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    MerysAch Author wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    [QUOTE] Hello Rebecca, THis should be rising the ranks, but it's not being noticed. You need to interact on the site, read and comment on lots of books and put the ones you like on your shelf. This is so well written and powerful it would be a shame not to get more feedback and have it rise. It's only on one shelf when it should be on a lot more. The subject is powerful and the scene on the ...
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    Joanna Stephen-Ward wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Hello Rebecca, THis should be rising the ranks, but it's not being noticed. You need to interact on the site, read and comment on lots of books and put the ones you like on your shelf. This is so well written and powerful it would be a shame not to get more feedback and have it rise. It's only on one shelf when it should be on a lot more. The subject is powerful and the scene on the train ...
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    MerysAch Author wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    [QUOTE] Hi there, This is a powerful and emotive read. I lost my father 22 years ago and the thought of losing my mother scares the life out of me. This is a hard topic to deal with but I think you do so exceptionally well, Charlotte is a very real character, you portray her feelings so that I can understand how she is feeling. Telling the story from Margaret's POV too is a good idea, it gives the reader ...
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    AnnabelleP [Retired] wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Hi there, This is a powerful and emotive read. I lost my father 22 years ago and the thought of losing my mother scares the life out of me. This is a hard topic to deal with but I think you do so exceptionally well, Charlotte is a very real character, you portray her feelings so that I can understand how she is feeling. Telling the story from Margaret's POV too is a good idea, it gives the reader another ...
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    Duncan Watt wrote 6 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Rebecca... I am going to watchlist this book until I have more time to read further. Your writting is quite exceptional and I think you have captured the emotions of your story fully. Only one comment to make so far... I wondered if it would be better if you concentrated on one person, instead of changing from mother to daughter in each chapter... It Is a bit confusing at times. Only a suggestion, but would it be less confusing ...
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    MerysAch Author wrote 6 years, 6 months ago
    [QUOTE] Hi, I wonder if you could clear something up for me please. Your long pitch uses the word I which made me think it was non-fiction and was about you personally but at the end of chapter one you discover that it is the dead mother talking. Hayley:-) [ENDQUOTE] Hi Hayley, I am sorry if it was a bit confusing. I have re-worded the long description to make it a little clearer. Thank you for your comments - it ...
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    Hayley Hurren wrote 6 years, 6 months ago
    Hi, I wonder if you could clear something up for me please. Your long pitch uses the word I which made me think it was non-fiction and was about you personally but at the end of chapter one you discover that it is the dead mother talking. If it is fictional I think that maybe I would have chosen to say , In 2005 Margaret lost her mother to cancer.... yet if it is from you telling us how you ...
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