High school counselor Barrie Graeber's life appears perfect. Successful husband, adorable son, warm home in a nice part of town. Even her daughter Pearl is a vision of high school senior perfection: the cheerleader dating the quarterback.
But one night Pearl isn't where Barrie believed her to be. And, Barrie learns, Pearl hasn't been where she should be for quite a while.
The legal system, justice, and family loyalties collide while Barrie wrestles with the question that whirls within: How far should a mother go to love a daughter she may never really have known?
Mother of Pearl is Kelli Coates Gilbert's debut novel and WOW what an awesome start. When I read the description of this book I knew I needed to read it especially being a mother of two teenagers. As I read this story, I found myself completely emerged into it. I truly felt I was right there going through this with Barrie and her family. I could not put this book down until the end, it really grabbed hold of my heart and this is a novel that will stay with me for quite a while. As I read this families journey it made me really look at my family and my teenagers and how easy this could be any one's child.
Kelli Coates Gilbert is on my list of favorite authors now. I enjoyed her writing style and her obvious expertise in the legal system and how these court cases work from her experience as a paralegal. The way this novel is written she truly puts the reader right there and truly helps the reader to feel what the characters are feeling.I laughed, cried, and felt all the emotions in between. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, it will not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from Kelli Coates Gilbert.