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From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn’t fit for motherhood.
After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great career…and a brand new family. Stunned, Brooke doesn’t know if she wants answers or revenge against the mother who abandoned her. When she meets Sarah’s husband, Tony, Brooke sees the perfect way to make her mother pay. But her plan for revenge just may leave everyone in danger, and end up costing Brooke more than she ever bargained for.
So this book definitely had potential but for me it didn’t quite hit the mark which is why I’m giving it 3.75 stars. I’ll start with perhaps my biggest bias; a book written in the first person has to be really, truly great in order for me to get over that. Unless the character is fascinating or incredibly intelligent I don’t really want to hear every mundane thought in their head and this one had more than a little.
I was intrigued though about the whole dead-not-dead-mom aspect of the Seeking Sarah and this was where ReShonda Tate Billingsley really shone. I was glad to find out that the fake death wasn’t to do with the mob or her simply not wanting to be a mother. There were layers to Sarah reasons and honestly I don’t fault her at all for leaving, though I can find fault with leaving your child behind. I can even understand Brooke’s anger and dismay to find the parent who abandoned you now being the perfect mom to other kids.
But that’s about as far as my understanding goes. The rest of it kind of devolved into a Lifetime movie, of which I am not a fan. But like a Lifetime movie, there’s so much to like about the story that you read the whole thing anyway even though you know that no possible ending could satisfy you.
The story was well written and all the plot elements were there, I just didn’t connect to this story the way I had hoped to when I read the book description. I love a good revenge story but in this story I just wanted to shake Brooke and scream at her that revenge is supposed to destroy the other person…not you, girl!!!