Beloved Mother by Laura Hunter is one of those stories that span generations. The novel mostly follows three women. First, there is Mona. She is a wild spirit and is always wandering in nature until one day she comes across Jackson Slocomb who rapes and abuses her. She becomes pregnant at 13 and they come across a Native American man named, Tall Corn and his farm. He protects Mona, who becomes Two Tears. He also raises her son as his own. During this time she learns wisdom and medicine from Beloved Mother. However, Tall Corn dies in a farming accident and she returns home where she is turned away. Then there is Anna, Mona’s younger sister, who leaves home with a man named Clint in hopes of a better living. However, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Last, is Lily, Anna’s daughter. All three lives are connected and all are surrounded by Cherokee spirits.
First of all, I absolutely love the cover, I think it is just beautiful! It really captures the incredible imagery that is throughout the book. Actually, the description and imagery is one of my favorite aspects of the book. I also loved the little details about the Cherokee spirits that are watching over everyone. It really adds beautiful detail about the culture and a bit of mysticism and legend.
Although, the book follows three different women I felt it was three stories in one and it did tend to jump around. The pacing is also a bit slow but that is because of the detail to the land, time period and culture. While this story is heartbreaking, it did shine a light on how women were a commodity. Every single man in this story views these women as their property. Tall Corn is the only man who does not use or abuse Mona. Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I really recommend this book for those who love historical fiction.
Thank you Laura Hunter for a copy of the book to review!