About the Book
College student Amber Swansen gives birth alone. In desperation, she abandons the newborn, buries her secret, and attempts to get on with her life. No matter how far she runs, she can't escape the guilt. Years later and still haunted by her past, Amber meets Beth Dilinger. Friendship blossoms between the two women, but Beth's son is a constant, painful reminder to Amber of the child she abandoned. When heartache hits, causing Amber to grapple with the answers to life's deeper questions, Beth stands by her side. Yet just when peace seems to be within Amber's grasp, the truth of her past and the parentage of Beth's son comes to light and threatens to shatter not only their worlds, but the life of the teenager they both love.
Over the years I've read a lot of Christian fiction. Some of the books are stories about people who happen to go to church on Sunday. Some are stories that really delve into at least one character's spiritual life, and are basically about that character's relationship with God. Others are sermons dressed up as stories.
Mother of My Son is the story of how guilt can ruin your life. Amber has been self-destructive since that day when she abandoned her son and it is only after she finds Jesus that she finds peace. The good people in the book are all faith-filled and the bad ones aren't. Once Amber accepted Christ, all the pieces fell into place and everyone lived happily ever after.
If you like explicit religion in books, this one will not disappoint. Beth hosts a Bible study on the Gospel of John and as readers, we are invited. Amber's conversion scene involves a heart-to-heart with her grandmother's friend, and we get the lyrics to a favorite hymn.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade B- (I'm not crazy about sermons dressed as stories).