Official Review: A Mothers Love by Bettyrose Woody

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Official Review: A Mothers Love by Bettyrose Woody

Post by Tamorie21 » 13 Jun 2018, 00:53

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Mothers Love" by Bettyrose Woody.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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A Mother’s Love, a memoir written by Bettyrose Woody, is an emotional novel about the life of a young girl-turned woman too early, with no one to whom she could turn. The novel recounts several mind-boggling experiences which powerfully strike at her innocence, and at the heart of her struggles is the gaping distance separating a daughter and her self-obsessed mother. Bettyrose Woody lays out the foundation of how the love, and the fear, she held for her mother shaped both her adolescence and her adult life.

I can honestly say that Woody’s novel started out with a bang. Her introductory chapter had me hooked all the way through to the end which presented an intriguing cliffhanger. Actually, she ended many chapters on cliffhangers that made me want to keep reading and find out more about her weary life. I love the way Woody writes. She drags out a lasting pity in readers by writing fragmented sentences that hold a lot of meaning both individually and together.

Characterization was well done. I was easily able to identify the most influential people in Woody’s life, both positive and negative. The characterization of her mother is especially done well, as she had the largest impact on Woody’s life; in this effect Woody’s book title became increasingly apparent to me as a reader as I read. She does no lackluster job in showing just how affected she was by the several people and events in her life that ultimately changed her. She also does extremely well in describing Fassad, her primary love interest in the book. I often felt scared for her, reading of the dangers she faced with him and wondering what would happen next.

As an author writing about her life, Woody makes sure that her readers never forget how terrible her life was and, while she succeeds in drawing empathy from her readers, she also manages to hinder her storytelling. Phrases, descriptions, and events were repeated so often that I felt as though sympathetic feelings were being forcefully squeezed from my being. After a while of reading things I’d already read before in various forms, the story was no longer fun or enjoyable to read; it lost its appeal. I actually started recognizing phrases by the way it began and had to force myself to not skim through them. In the beginning, I thought it was a minor problem, these repeated sentences and such that had just been mentioned a few paragraphs before; but then, I realized that it would become one of the most harrowing issues within the novel.

Alongside this problem was the organization of the story. To be frank, the organization was a mess and I felt like a mess reading it because I found too often that, ironically, I couldn’t even remember something I had read previously. This is because Woody often brought up people and events that she would merely touch on in one chapter, completely forget about them for chapters, and then suddenly throw them back in readers’ faces later on. Several times, I was ready to hear about this person’s or this place’s connection to her and the influence they/it had in her undesirable life (as she blatantly foreshadowed a later involvement), and then I’d be left hanging in the middle of the chapter wondering why she even mentioned it in the first place.

Readers will see this especially with her belated introduction of Alton, which she continuously references as a life-changing experience for her. I was just waiting for the day in my reading where I’d finally catch her describing her experience at Alton instead of just vaguely mentioning it multiple times. Her details at Alton eventually came several chapters later.

Reading the novel which lacked severely in organization was extremely frustrating. Not chronologically, the story skipped brokenly from early adulthood; to teenage years; back further to childhood; then, abruptly, teenage years again; and finally, a return to adulthood. If this worked creatively with proper transitions, it would have been fine, but instead it hindered my understanding of what was occurring at particular times in her life. Honestly, if she had written of her life in chronological order – as it had truly happened, because I highly doubt she skipped around in years like this in reality – the plot would have made much more sense. Everything that happened to her in the past literally formed her future, and after reading the majority of the novel and piecing together all the information that I had read through, suddenly everything about her adulthood mentioned in earlier chapters made sense.

While the novel is extremely sad in that these events happened to someone so young in such a way that ultimately damaged her for life, I cannot ignore the novel’s mistakes and give it 4 stars. Aside from the unnecessary repetition, the lack of necessary description, and the lack of an understandable sequence of events, the story also had many grammar, punctuation, and general mistakes, such as: doubled words in one sentence, missing letters and punctuation. There was even an instance in which, for whatever its intended use had been, piece of an HTML had not been removed from the page.

Therefore, I give this book 2 out of 4 stars. As this is no book for leisure reading, I would recommend this novel to those in need of an account which might help them out of a situation much like the one Bettyrose Woody presented in A Mother's Love; for those who need reassurance that life looks up in the end.

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Post by Corhan2 » 13 Jun 2018, 08:00

Thanks for the review. It sounds like a compelling story. A pity though about the organizational and editorial errors.

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Post by AmySmiles » 13 Jun 2018, 09:33

Thanks for the review. At first I wanted to read the book, but now knowing about the disorganization, editing issues, and the repetitiveness I think I will pass.
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Post by gen_g » 13 Jun 2018, 09:56

This sounds like an intriguing read, but the lack of organisation and errors are a serious turn-off. Great review!

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Post by Nimat87 » 13 Jun 2018, 10:02

From the beginning of your review, I felt drawn to the story already and hoped there wouldn't be any hitches. It's so sad there were. Over flogging a theme in a story can make it become boring, annoying even, for the reader. Thanks for your detailed and engaging review.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 13 Jun 2018, 10:27

The theme of the story is very touching, but sometimes I feel as if the author has exaggerated it too much. I don't like a read that exaggerates too much, it can turn out to be boring and annoying as well. Thank you for your detailed review!
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It sounds like the author wanted to do a slow reveil like in The Prestige, but didn't know how to make certain scenes connect regardless of the timeline.

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Post by KristyKhem » 13 Jun 2018, 17:30

Yikes - the organization of this book sounds a mess! Good job for sticking all the way to the end!

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Post by Tamorie21 » 14 Jun 2018, 03:16

Corhan2 wrote:
13 Jun 2018, 08:00
Thanks for the review. It sounds like a compelling story. A pity though about the organizational and editorial errors.
It was a pretty compelling story! The painful way in which she writes of her life makes you want to keep reading it, to see when it all got better, if it ever did; but, yes, the errors certainly failed the story big time.

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Post by Tamorie21 » 14 Jun 2018, 03:19

AmySmiles wrote:
13 Jun 2018, 09:33
Thanks for the review. At first I wanted to read the book, but now knowing about the disorganization, editing issues, and the repetitiveness I think I will pass.
Yes, honestly, if I had been aware of the book's problems beforehand, I don't think I would have wanted to read it, either. It was truly frustrating to read through.

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Post by Tamorie21 » 14 Jun 2018, 03:24

Nimat87 wrote:
13 Jun 2018, 10:02
From the beginning of your review, I felt drawn to the story already and hoped there wouldn't be any hitches. It's so sad there were. Over flogging a theme in a story can make it become boring, annoying even, for the reader. Thanks for your detailed and engaging review.
Yes, that was exactly the problem! Some parts of the story were so excessive when there was no need for it to be. I'm certain that most of the story would have been fine with simple description of her feelings and such. I would have liked it much better. Also, I'm really thankful that you enjoyed my review!

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Post by Tamorie21 » 14 Jun 2018, 03:30

DathanReeves wrote:
13 Jun 2018, 15:10
It sounds like the author wanted to do a slow reveil like in The Prestige, but didn't know how to make certain scenes connect regardless of the timeline.
Certainly! A successful slow reveal with proper transitions would have been totally fine and possibly interesting all the way through. I know for sure the novel would have been more enjoyable with proper connections between chapters.

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Post by Tamorie21 » 14 Jun 2018, 03:34

KristyKhem wrote:
13 Jun 2018, 17:30
Yikes - the organization of this book sounds a mess! Good job for sticking all the way to the end!
Even I was surprised at how I actually finished reading, especially since it took me an entire month to finish a book of only 150 pages! :lol2: But I sincerely wanted to know how her story ended, and I'm glad I did finish. The last chapter was the perfect ending; probably the most befitting of the entire novel.

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Post by Kemunto lucy » 14 Jun 2018, 04:17

The author's story is great though the organisation and the errors disappoint. Thanks for the thorough review.

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Post by SamSim » 14 Jun 2018, 09:55

Great review! I especially loved the line about sympathy being squeezed from your being. This sounds like a painful book in many satisfying and unsatisfying ways. The disorganization, repetition, and lack of editing are going to keep me away from this one.
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