But I say that with care. The holiday so many of us celebrate each year with cards, flowers and family celebrations can be a time of grief for others, or resentment for still others. Relationships with our mothers (stepmothers, foster mothers, birth mothers and adopted mothers) are weighty things. In my May releases, Woo’d in Haste and Wed at Leisure, two sisters each have vastly different relationships with their mother and then, after she passes, with their stepmother. These disparate relations also affect the way they interact as sisters. The stories are also a study in birth order and perspective, in the way one person’s story can be so different from someone else’s, even in the same family.
But they are also romances, and so they celebrate the hope that each of us finds the right person with whom to share our lives. And while not everyone is a fan of the ubiquitous baby epilogue (no spoilers here about whether Woo’d in Haste and Wed at Leisure have one or not!), it’s the beginning of the next parent/child relationship and the very reason we celebrate anything such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
So again, Happy Mother’s Day! This is my first year celebrating from the other side of the relationship and I plan to do so by gathering close the ones I love.